Many trail runners also use trail running races to travel and discover new places. In recent years, among other things, competitions have sprung up everywhere, even in lesser-known places. Do you remember Macedonia, the exploits of Alexander the Great, and the city of Ohrid which rises on the shores of the homonymous lake? It was exactly there that a trail running event was born, the Ohrid Ultra-Trail® which takes place every year in Spring, normally in May, and offers 3 race distances: 107K, 66K, 18K (technical info: Ohrid Ultra Trail)

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All races of Ohrid Ultra-Trail® (https://ohridultratrail.com/en/home/are organized in accordance with ITRA (International Trail Running Association) medical and safety guidelines and finishers are awarded qualifying points for UTMB®.

The namesake race Ohrid Ultra-Trail® is 107km long with 4,940m d+ and athletes start their adventure at midnight snaking through the 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 – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There, in the early morning tranquility of Crn Drim river sources, the athletes of the second trail race – Galicica Ultra 66Km and 3,350m d+– join the runners of the 107km. 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 18km with 750m d+ – starting from the village of Ramne offers panoramic glimpses of the city of Ohrid. The finish line for all the races is in the town square of Ohrid.

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History and Nature of the places crossed by the Ohrid Ultra Trail

The ancient city of Ohrid,  situated along the coast of the magnificent Lake Ohrid, is undoubtedly the most beautiful and attractive Macedonian town, a pearl of old architecture and treasury of valuable cultural and historical monuments under complete UNESCO’s protection. It exists for about 2500 years and its ancient name was Lichnidos, which was used to refer to the settlement of Ohrid and lake. The first Slavic University was founded right here by St. Clement and St. Naum in the area called Plaosnik.

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Lake Ohrid is a 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. Lake Ohrid is three million years old, 300m deep and 34km long and it is among Europe’s oldest and deepest lakes. Surrounding its shores, ancient settlements, mountain villages and glorious monasteries whisper stories that have endured for more than a thousand years.

On the other side, there is the second largest lake in Macedonia, Lake Prespa which is known for its natural biodiversity. There are about 200 bird species, 104 of which are water birds. 62 species are enlisted on the List of Protected Species in the Bern Convention, while three of them are on the European Red List of Globally Endangered Species. And in the middle, the “heart” of Ohrid and Prespa region is crowned with Mount Galicica which divides the two great lakes. The national park is home to the autochthon Balkan Lynx and numerous other endemic flora and fauna. Here the wild and less traveled trails leads you to the most magnificent views in the region.

How to organize your trip and your race? Email us: info@trailrunningmovement.com the Ohrid Ultra-Trail®

Technical Info Ohrid Ultra Trail 107K, 66K, 18K here: Ohrid Ultra Trail

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Cristina Tasselli

Digital Strategic Marketing Director - certified Innovation Manager - in multinational companies, she is still today the only Italian female athlete to have ran 900 km and 55,000m D+ in the mountains in a single stage race (Transpyrenea 2016, 3rd women overall). She counts numerous Podiums and international Victories on races over 100k. She holds a SNaQ CONI certification as a Trail Running Coach, Athletic Trainer and in Nutrition and Sports Supplementation. Since 2014 she is President and sports executive of innovative technology startups and companies, including Trail Running Movement and Digital Sport 360. She trains elite trail running athletes and she teaches in trail running coach certification courses. She is an author of sports articles on training, nutrition and supplementation in trail running and running, both in Italian and in English and Spanish. She manages relationships and collaborations with Federations and Race Organizers.