Extreme Challenge (45,4 km / 4480 m+)

The race starts from Brela, at sea level, where after one kilometer on the sea promenade, the path goes above Brela to the 200-year-old Napoleon road, which is a protected cultural asset of the Republic of Croatia. After a few hundred meters from Napoleon’s road, you descend on the singletrack to the small village of Topići, at the footsteps of Biokovo, from where you climb steeply to the area of Paklina – known for its century-old black pine forest.. A long descent through the forest leads to Sokolove Staje, the first refreshment and control point (time limit) at about 12.6 km.

From Sokolove Staje, the course goes by the church of St. Nikola and after few kilometers begins the ascent to the peak area of Biokovo, via the Kale shelter (1450 m/asl) to the top of Šćirovac (1619 m/asl), which is known as the most inaccessible peak in Croatia. From Šćirovac, across the pass of Vraca to the church of Sv. Ilija, you pass perhaps the most impressive ridge in Croatia. On St. Ilija is refreshment only with water, the maximum amount of which is half a liter per runner. From St. Ilija, there is a long descent to the village of Bast where is refreshment point and control point (time limit), at about 29 km. From Bast, the path follows the panoramic Biokovo path on gravel road for a few kilometers to the area of Miletin bor where the third refreshment point and control point is, where it again turns steeply along the narrow path along the Borovac cliff all the way to the Slobodan Ravlić – Lokva mountain house (1445 m/nm).

From Lokva, the path winds over narrow ridges between sinkholes to the road below Sv. Jure  where is the fourth refreshment point is and the control point (time limit). From there, a steep ascent leads to the highest peak in Biokovo – Sv. Jure (1762 m/asl)from where the incredible view opens in all directions. From St. Jure, the path descends over the Troglav ridges (perhaps the most photogenic part of the path, so be prepared for a photographer) to the mountain house Pod Vošcem where is the finish.

The track is extremely physically and technically demanding, which is why the number of competitors is limited to 45, and in order to be able to compete in the race, a minimum of 420 ITRA performance points is required, or that the competitor has completed a race of similar difficulty, which was not scored according to ITRA ( the organizer has the right to assess and decide whether to allow to participate). The time limit to finish the race is 14 hours.

The course is certified by the International Skyrunning Federation, which makes it the only Skyrunning race in Croatia, along with the Sky course.

Technical informations

Race date: 13.05.2023
Start: 6:30, Brela
Finish: mountain house Pod Vošcem
Length: 45,4 km
Ascent: +4220m
Descent: -2920m
ITRA points: 3
Mountain points: 11
Time limit: 14 hours

Organized transfers:
Transfer from Makarska to start in Brela (NOTE: this transfer is not included in start fee – it costs 35 KN (5€) and the payment is done at the bus entrance).
Transfer of personal belongings from start to finish.
Transfer of runners from finish (Vošac area) to Makarska.

Time limits:
Sokolove staje (first refreshment point): 12.5 km, at 09:30 (3 hours from start)
Bast (second refreshment point): 29 km, 15:00 (8:30 hours from start)
Sv. Jure (Biokovo summit): 39,6 km, 18:15 (11:45 hours from start)
Mountain house Pod Vošcem (finish): 45.5 km, 20:30 (14 hours from the start)

Refreshment points:
Sokolove staje: 12.5 km
Sv.Ilija: 23.9 km (water only – 0.5 l max per runeer)
Bast: 29 km
Miletin bor: 33.5 km
Sveti Jure summit: 39.6 km  water only)
PK Pod Vošcem (finish): 45.5km

Start fee:
Early check in: 300 kn (40 €), until 01.02.
Late check-in: 375 kn (50 €), after 01.02.
Group registration (min. 10 people in one transaction): 20% lower on the above entry fees.