The Butcher's Run
Bieszczady is a land of space, magic and hidden secrets. Hardly anyone remains indifferent to the charms served by the local nature. It’s beautiful, wonderful, exciting.
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When you think of resting away from the hustle and bustle, you say Bieszczady. For decades, the southern regions of Podkarpackie have been attracting restless souls who want to rediscover the energy that comes from contact with nature. Hospitable, yet untamed, they are waiting for you if you are brave enough to experience the primeval and the beautiful.
The Bieszczady Mountains are a place where you can find beautiful nature and a complex history. They consist of two mountain ranges in the Carpathian Mountains, located at the southernmost tip of Poland. Their exact location is between the Łupkowska Pass and the Wyszków Pass. They are part of the Eastern Beskids and their area is divided into the Western Bieszczady Mountains, which are in Poland and Ukraine, and the Eastern Bieszczady Mountains, which are entirely in Ukraine. Finally, it is a place to return to. Especially as there is a lot to return to – there are many remarkable places in its region.
Every year, on the long weekend in June, the Bieg Rzeźnika Foundation (Butcher’s Run Foundation) invites runners to take part in the Bieszczady Running Festival. The event offers various distances, from 10 to over 100 kilometres, with the famous Butcher’s Run as the centrepiece.
The name “Butcher’s Run” comes from the name of the club that originated it, “OTK Butcher.” The name is based on a bet made by members of the club to complete a walk of the red Bieszczady trail in one day. Over the years, the run became popular and turned into an extreme tourist rally through the Bieszczady Mountains.
The main goal of the Butcher’s Run has remained unchanged for 20 years – fun and safety while running on mountain trails. The festival is a social rally of running enthusiasts and fans of the Bieszczady Mountains, giving runners an opportunity to unite around a common passion. The almost eighty-kilometre route of the Butchers’ Run leads from Komańcza to Ustrzyki Górne, along the Bieszczady Red Trail, with breathtaking views of Cisna, Jasło and Fereczata, Smerek and pastures. The race is run in pairs, which began as a desire to prioritise safety, but has now become an integral part of the Butcher’s Run’s identity. Running in pairs is much more challenging than running alone and encourages teamwork, responsibility and cooperation between team members. The time limit for completing the race is 16 hours.
The Bieg Rzeźnika Running Festival gives runners the opportunity to get to know the breathtaking beauty of the Bieszczady Mountains during a difficult and exciting run. The Butcher’s Run in particular is a unique event that emphasises the importance of teamwork, safety and community, making it an unforgettable experience for runners and outdoor enthusiasts.
Biegu Rzeźnika Ultra – Distance: 107 km Elevation: +4654 m/ -4654 m
Biegu Rzeźnika – Distance: 80 km Elevation: +3000 m/ -2993 m
Rzeźnik Sky – Distance: 47 km Elevation: +2685 m/ -2684 m
Rzeźniczek – Distance: 28 km Elevation: +1052 m/ -1778 m
Event website: biegrzeznika.pl
Photography: Jacek Deneka – Ultralovers