This is not a race for the novice runner.
The Karkonosze Winter Ultramarathon is not only a test of physical endurance, but also a test of mental endurance.
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The Karkonosze Winter Ultramarathon is a race for those who want to test their strength, courage and endurance. This 48 kilometre race takes runners through the breathtaking winter scenery of Poland’s Karkonosze Mountains. Named after Tomek Kowalski, an avid ultramarathoner and mountaineer, the race is a tribute to his indomitable spirit and love of challenge.
The race is not for novice runners as they may encounter harsh winter conditions such as snow, wind and cold temperatures. To take part in the challenge, runners must have experience of long-distance mountain running and knowledge of winter mountain conditions. Starting from Szklarska Poręba, the route takes runners up Szrenica Mountain, through Śnieżne Kotły and the Karkonoska Pass, to the top of Śnieżka Mountain and the Okraj Pass, finishing in Karpacz. With a time limit of 10.5 hours, runners will need to maintain a strong pace throughout the race. There are four refreshment stations every 10-15 kilometres to give runners a chance to recharge and refuel. However, stopping between stations is discouraged, as even short stops in unprotected areas can increase the risk of hypothermia and weaken motivation.
The Karkonosze Winter Ultramarathon is not only a test of physical endurance, but also a test of mental endurance. Participants must have self-confidence, be prepared for discomfort and have the fighting spirit to overcome the harsh winter conditions. The unpredictable winter weather in the Karkonosze Mountains increases the difficulty of the route and adds to the excitement and unpredictability of the race. To take part in the Karkonosze Winter Ultramarathon, runners need to love challenges, like Tomek Kowalski. He has inspired others with his efforts and determination to follow his dreams showing that, with the right attitude, anything is possible. By taking part in this race, runners will be following in his footsteps, pushing their limits and respecting his legacy.
If you love challenges and have a fighting spirit, participating in the Karkonosze Winter Ultramarathon will be a great opportunity to overcome your weaknesses and test your physical and mental strength in this amazing winter mountain race.