80km race description
TeRA is a mountain running race spanning a distance on 80km and an elevation of 5100m. It starts at 4.30am, has a total elimination time of 20 hours with 4 intermediate elimination points.
The route is:
Tsepelovo – Avalos – Siadi Migas – Davalista – Dragon Lake – Astraka Refuge – Mikro Papiggo – Megalo Papiggo – Vikos Gorge – Monodendri – Vitsa – Dilofo – Kipoi – Kapesovo – Tsepelovo.
Intermediate elimination points
1. Stomio Monastery: 5 hours
2. Megalo Pappigo (exiting the station): 9 hours 30 minutes
3. Monodendri (exiting the station): 14 hours 30 minutes
4. Kipoi (exiting the station): 16 hours 30 minutes
5. Tsepelovo: 20 hours
It starts from the High School of Tsepelovo. After passing through the village for 1km, it enters a dirt road for 3km and after that on a trail at 4,2km. After 6.5km the participants will reach the first refreshment station of the race called “STANI” (altitude 1724, elevation +630). At 9.2km the athletes will be able to see the peak GOURA on their right and the Tymfi peak called “KREVATI” on their left.
On the 11th km (2320m, +1315m) there will be the first race refreshment station in the passing of “TSOUKA ROSSA (AVALOS)” site . The first athletes to reach there will have the rare opportunity to witness the sun rising from the top of the Timfi mountain complex as well as the grandeur of the Aoos gorge down below. Both a magnificent experience! The race continues downhill for about 4km until it reaches the toponym
“KATSANOS” (1665m, +1375m) and hits the first stip uphill. In a distance of no more than 650m it gains 250m in height.
On the 19.5km the participants will reach a hyfration station situated on the magnificent “SIADI TIS MIGAS” (1435, +1712m), a high altitude meadow where, by drinking some water, they can see the “GAMILA” peak on the southwest and the pine trees that grow on top of huge solid rocks. 1.5km after that, the trail turns into a steep downhill and passes through the dense forest until it reaches the site of “KALOGERIKO” (1340, +1722m). The highrising trees though which the mountain of Tymfi can be seen provide protection from the elements.
At the 23km mark, about 3km before the Stomio Monastery, the routes leads to the second refreshment station as well as the first elimination point (5 hours). From there the runners will face what is probably the most demanding part of the race. The hard uphill that leads to the passing of “DAVALISTA” (Hydration station). Within 2.5km of almost vertical uphill, the route gets a positive gain of 700m.
After 2.5km and a breathtaking view of the scenery, the route gets a positive gain of 250m and reaches the TSOUMANI LAKKA at the LAKE PLATEAU (1st Checkpoint) and the RIZINA LAKE, a place of great archaeological significance. At the beginning of the path that leads to DRAKOLIMNI there is a hydration station (2nd checkpoint) athletes will pass again while descending at the 34th km mark.
Nothing that has not been said again a thousand times can be said about Drakolimni. It is, without a doubt, a place each and every one of us should visit at some point. At the 37th km mark, the route passes the ASTRAKA REFUGE (3rd refreshment station) and begins descending before reaching the villages of MIKRO PAPPIGO and MEGALO PAPPIGO (44km mark) in order.
There, there will be the fourth, central refreshment station of the race where the athletes can pick up their DROP BAG (provided, they left one with the organizers upon picking their Bibs). There will also be the second elimination point (9 hours 30 minutes). After MEGALO PAPIGGO the trail falls into the VIKOS GORGE and reaches the springs of VOIDOMATIS river (the cleanest river in Europe) after 4km. At the 54.5km mark, the athletes will reach the fifth refreshment station on “KLIMA” and will head towards the “ladder” of MONODENDRI, a steep and curvy uphill (1.5km +300m) that will lead to the village of Monodendri and the sixth refreshment station.
At Monodendri there will be another elimination point, 14 hours and 30 minutes from the beginning. After the village of Monodendri, the participants will find the villages of VITSA (4th Checkpoint) and DILOFO (5th Checkpoint) and pass over the stone bridges KAPETAN ARKOUDI and KALOGERIKO.
KIPOI (70km from the start) is the next village in line (seventh refreshment station) and the fourth elimination point (16 hours and 30 minutes fron the start). It passes outside the village of KAPESSOVO (9th refreshment station) and reaches the toponym LOUTSA on the 78th km mark, through the Tsepelovo Staircase. From there, the tired but happy participants will reach their goal, right where it all began, at the High School of Tsepelovo.Refreshment Stations
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Prizes for finishers 80km
Athletes that finish the TeRA 80km or Marathon+ 44km race will receive the following prizes.