Ohrid Ultra-Trail® is an international outdoor sports event taking place annually in the Galicica National Park and Prespa-Ohrid region, N.Macedonia. The second edition that encompasses 3 trail running races is scheduled on May 22-24. 2020.
The namesake race Ohrid Ultra-Trail® is 107 km long with 4,940 meters elevation gain and athletes start their adventure at midnight snaking through cobblestone alleys of Ohrid old town, passing by several villages in the lower slopes of Mount Galicica to the iconic St. Naum Monastery on the south side of the Lake Ohrid.
There, in the early morning tranquility of Crn Drim river sources, the athletes of the second trail race - Galicica Ultra - join them on a 66 km journey with 3,350 meters elevation gain. The common route follows the main ridgeline taking on trails and dirt roads in the heart of Galicica National Park revealing captivating landscapes of both Lake Prespa and Lake Ohrid all at once.
The third race - Letnica Trail - starting from village of Ramne offers panoramic glimpses of city of Ohrid and takes the athletes on 18 km run with 750 meters elevation gain. They join the rest of the runners altogether to the finish line down by Ohrid town square.
All races of Ohrid Ultra-Trail® are organized in accordance with ITRA (International Trail Running Association) medical and safety guidelines and finishers are awarded qualifying points for UTMB®.
A superlative natural phenomenon, Lake Ohrid is an UNESCO World Heritage natural and cultural area since 1979. It provides a refuge for numerous endemic species of freshwater fauna and flora dating from the Tertiary period. Situated on the shores of the lake, the town of Ohrid is one of the oldest human settlements in Europe.
The general objective of Ohrid Ultra-Trail® is the international promotion of Galicica National Park and Prespa-Ohrid region as an emblematic venue for organizing elite-rank trail running events attracting adventurers from all over the world.
All registered athletes and the general public are introduced to the principle “Leave No Trace” and advised to respect its significance and strict application during the event. The organizers take great care of leaving the natural environment “as it was” right behind the last athlete on the route. This places Galicica National Park in a global spotlight as a natural environment that should be enjoyed and fiercely protected by all.