Gorce Ultra-Trail 102 K

Gorce Ultra-Trail’s crown distance is 102 km long, 4320 meters high (cumulative altitude) and it has 5 major peaks along the way: Lubań, Turbacz, Kudłoń, Mogielica and Gorce. Only this distance ensures running all Gorce on one day (Mogielica is somehow in the bonus 🙂 . The peaks are clearly felt, evenly distributed and easily visible from many places along the way (we run right on the wheel). It is so interesting that the distances between them are very similar – it’s time to make friends with each other, cautiously tame and slowly forget before the next one appears. Optically they sometimes seem distant, but this is just an illusion, emphasized by deep valleys. In fact, there are no steep uphills on the route (maybe a bit in the early stage) or breakaway downhills. The route to 92 km is exactly the same as last year. From the top of Gorc, however, we converge on a different route. The finish line is located in Ochotnica Dolna, not Ochotnica Górna, so we have to close the loop.
Not only because of this (easier) downhill, the route is fast. Time limit is 16 hours. ITRA evalueted its difficulties at 530 points. It means that this international organization suggests that runners whose Peformance Index is just 530 points will reach finish line in time limit. This is maybe not quite a precise calculation, since the last runner on the last year finish line  had an index of 498 points, but it gives some idea. To draw attention to the difficulty of the route, we have introduced a subscription threshold of 450 points for all applicants.
On the other hand, we encourage you to run faster. A special prize – Gorc Trophy will be given to the runner who will win the competition in less than 10 hours. If the winner has a longer time, the Cup will go to the next year. The prize will have a real financial dimension (cash). Its amount will be revealed at a later date.
However, is it possible to run this route below 10 hours? The winner from last year achieved the result of 11 hours. 40 minutes. So you have to run much faster. But for a runner with an index of around 750 points, it is perfectly real.
All this is of course a pure theory, as it will be in August – we’ll see.
We invite you to subscriptions today. You can run for the Trophy, you can admire the views 🙂

Gorce Ultra-Trail 2018 registration is open

Registration is open. Welcome to Gorce Ultra-Trail 🙂

Gorce Ultra-Trail 2018 registration

We are pleased to announce that the entries on Gorce Ultra-Trail 2018 will start on January 18, 2018, at 10.00.
5 distances to choose from::
Studzionki Vertical – 1.7 km, 248 m
Ochotnica Challenge – 20 km, 1 point ITRA
Gorce Ultra-Trail 48 km, 3 points ITRA
Gorce Ultra-Trail 84 km, 4 points ITRA
Gorce Ultra-Trail 102 km, ITRA 5 points
Stay tuned.

Merry Christmass

Sunday does not accept fasting. The rule is not binding anymore but it was once widely observed. In Gorce, many people still remember it. In 1944, December 24 was the same as today on Sunday. That is why the Christmas Eve was celebrated on Saturday, December 23. They were not happy holidays. Exactly December 23, the Germans carried out the largest pacification of villages in the Podhale region in Ochotnica. 56 people were killed. It was the most tragic day in the whole history of Ochotnica. The monument in the center of the village commemorates this event.
Today, Christmas is a festival of joy and reconciliation. We wish a Merry Christmass and Happy New Year for all inhabitants of Ochotnica, for all our competitors and supporters of the Gorce Ultra-Trail.

Studzionki Vertical 2018

Among the many new products and surprises that we prepare for you in the 2018 Gorce Ultra-Trail edition, one thing remains unchanged – Studzionki Vertical. The same route, the same distance, the same start time, the same views at the finish line and the same, amazing atmosphere, other than at our other distances. Maybe it is not a race for everyone, but every ultras who once tries such a short distance will remember it for a long time. If only a hand-cut path does not overgrow us by summer 😉
Facts: distnce 1,7 km, possitive altitude 249 m


Please read carefully

Essential info before the start

Competition office’s location:

Friday/Saturday: Ochotnica Górna, Marii Konopnickiej Primary School, Iwanki housing estate, no. 203.

Sunday: Ochotnica Dolna, Wiejski Ośrodek Kultury, Dłubacze housing estate, no. 160 (next to the staring line)

Competition office’s working hours

Friday, July 11, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m., Primary School in Ochotnica Górna

Saturday, July 12, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Primary School in Ochotnica Górna

Sunday, July 13, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m., Wiejski Ośrodek Kultury (local cultural center) in Ochotnica Dolna (next to the staring point)


Deposite bags will be available in the competition office. You can deposit your stuff in the competition office or right before the start in Ochotnica Dolna. You can collect your things only by showing your starting number.

Technical briefing

– technical briefing for the participants of Studzionki Vertical – before the start, 6:45 p.m. in Ochotnica Górna

– for the participants of the 102, 80 and 40 km runs, technical briefing will be held on Friday, July 12, at 8:30 p.m.

– for Ochotnica Challenge participants – just before the start, 8:45 a.m. in Ochotnica Dolna.

There won’t be showers at the finishing line, but if you are brave enough, you can jump into the mountain stream only 10 meters away.

Starting point, finishing line, transport

Studzionki Vertical – July 11, 2017

Starting point – Ochotnica Górna, bridge on the way to Studzionki, about 900 m away from the Competition ofiice, 7 p.m.

Finishing line – Studzionki, next to the shelter

Gorce Ultra Trail, July 12

– Starting point for the 102 km run – Ochotnica Dolna, Wiejski Ośrodek Kultury (local cultural center), Dłubacze housing estate, no. 160. Parking available next to Municipal office or the church, 1 km away. 4 a.m.

– Starting point for the 80 and 40 km runs – Ochotnica Dolna, Wiejski Ośrodek Kultury (local cultural center), Dłubacze housing estate, no. 160. Parking available next to Municipal office or the church, 1 km away. 5 a.m.

Finishing line: Ochotnica Górna, in front of the church. Distance between starting point and finishing line is about 5 km, asphalt road.

Transportation of the participants from the finishing line to the starting point after the run will be provided. Service frequency will depend on the demand.

Ochotnica Challenge, July 13, 20 km

– Starting point – Ochotnica Dolna, Wiejski Ośrodek Kultury (local cultural center), Dłubacze housing estate, no. 160. Parking available next to Municipal office or the church, 1 km away. 9 a.m.

– Finishing line: Ochotnica Górna, in front of the church. Distance between starting point and finishing line is about 5 km, asphalt road.

Transportation of the participants from the finishing line to the starting point after the run will be provided. Service frequency will depend on the demand.

Route, time limits, route marking, food stops and medical points

Emergency numer (paramedic): +48 609 126 719 / on your starting numer


Studzionki Vertical 1,7 km

Time limit – on the finishing line – 30 minutes, at 7:30 p.m. finishing line will be closed

No time limits on the route.

Gorce Ultra Trail, 102 km

Time limit – on the finishing line – 16 hours, finishing line will be closed at 8 p.m.

Time limits on the route:

– Knurowska Pass – 5,5 hours

– Obidowa – 7,5 hours.

– Rzeki – 10,5 hours.

– Szczawa – 13,5 hours.

Gorce Ultra Trail, 80 km

Time limit – at the finishing line – 15 hours, finishing line will be closed at 8 p.m.

Time limits on the route:

– Knurowska Pass – 5,5 hours.

– Obidowa – 7,5 hours.

– Rzeki – 11 hours.

Gorce Ultra Trail, 40 km

Time limit – at the finishing line – 9 hours, finishing line will be closed at 2 p.m.

Time limits on the route:

-Knurowska Pass – 5,5 hours

Ochotnica Challenge 20 km

Time limit – a tthe finishing line – 5 hours, finising line will be clsed at 2 p.m.

No time limits on the route.

After exceeding time limits participan’t are not allowed to continue the race.

Paramedics’ decisions concerning participants’ abilities to continue the run cannot be argued.

Regeneration meal at the finishing line will be available for the participants of all runs on Saturday and Sunday (after showing starting number). Studzionki Vertical participants can get the meal on Saturday or Sunday. There is no regeneration meal on Friday.

At the food stands following products will be available: Gorczanska Krynica water, Nutrend sports drink, bananas, oranges, watermelons, raisins, cranberries, salted peanuts, salted cucumbers. At the food stand in Rzeki (63km) you can eat tomato soup wit noodles.

The route follows marked tourist trails. Important points will be additionally marked with tapes and in some places volunteers will show you the way. Parts of the route with no tourist trail signs:

a. Beginning of the route, from the starting point to Makowica, about 8 km, first 5 km on the main road through the village

b. Short part after the Turbacz summit, about 1 km (only for 80 and 102 km runs)

c. Last 3 km of the run (for 102, 80 and 20 km runs)

On the map below you can see routes of all the runs, including food points and medical points

Safety rules, and obligatory equipment

You should be very careful when using public asphalt roads. These are:

a. First 5 km of the route (102, 80, 40 km runs)

b. Crossing with the asphalt road on the Knurowska Pass (102, 80, 40)

c. 300 me of the asphalt road after the point in Obidowa (102, 80)

d. 1 km long part after Rzeki till Przysłop pass (102 km)

e. 1,2 k. m after Rzeki till the small wooden chapel (80 km)

f. 3 km after food stand in Szczawa (102 km)

g. crossing with the asphalt road 200 m before the finishing line (all distances)

h. Ochotnica Challenge – first 500 m

i. Studzionki Vertical – first 300 m

In all these places you should obey road trafiic rules and the instructions of traffic management services. You should use roadside when running on the asphalt roads.

We remind you that the obligatory equipment is:

  • charged mobile phone, which should always be on / the number that you gave while registering
  • standar size space blanket (140x200cm)
  • cup or a bottle for drinks (there won’t be any at the food stands)
  • staring numer with time mesuring chip attached in a visible place
  • czołówka z kompletem baterii (dystans 102 km)
  • head lamp with a set of batteries (102 km)

Recommended additional equipment

  • shoes and clothes suitable for challenging mountain route and expected weather conditions
  • water bag / at least 1,5 l
  • head lamp
  • basic medical equipment

All competitors are insured with NNW insurance.

We remind you that we run is in the wild, natural environment, partly in the Gorce National Park. It is not allowed to leave any trash on the runway, destroying nature, picking plants or deliberately disturbing the peace of animals. Trash should be taken with you, you can leave it at the nutritional points. Runners breaking these rules may be punished with time penalties and in extreme cases disqualified.
Let the form and weather be favorable to you. See you at the finish line 🙂

Race weekend – Times and places

The race schedule for Gorce Ultra-Trail 2017.
Race Office working hours:
Friday 11th August, 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p. m., Ochotnica Górna, Primary School
Saturday 12 August, 6.00 p.m.- 8.00 p.m., Ochotnica Górna, Primary School
Sunday 13th August 7.30 a.m – 8.30 a.m, Ochotnica Dolna, Amphitheater (next to the start).

Check-in meeting: Friday, 8.30 p.m., Primary School, Ochotnica Górna.

Time and place of departure:
Friday: 19.00 – Studzianki Vertical, (Ochotnica Górna, the bridge at the junction with the road to Studzionki)
Saturday: 4.00 a.m. – GUT 102 km (starts at Ochotnica Dolna, Amphitheater)
Saturday: 5.00 a.m. – GUT 80/40 km (starts at Ochotnica Dolna, Amphitheater)
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – Ochotnica Challenge 20 km (starts at Ochotnica Dolna, Amphitheater).
All distances finish line : Ochotnica Górna, square against the church.

New 40 km route

Preparing the trace of mountain race is – apart from the obvious aspects of logistics and security – the art of choosing from a great many options. This applies especially to the Gorce, where the beautiful corners are not missing, and on the one hand you would like to see as much as possible, and on the other the route must fit in the assumed parameters. Looking from this point of view, we have been analyzing our 43 km route for some time. To put it bluntly it could have been more interesting. All the more so in the near vicinity of interesting places is not lacking. We finally decided to make some adjustments.
So we are introducing a new “marathon” route. Just like the previous one in the first part, it is the same as the 80 km route. After separation (on 26th kilometer) it is more varied, more mountainous and more scenic. It runs through two new valleys to climb two new ridges (the first gentle, the second more steep). It is slightly shorter (40 km) – but has more acumulative altitude (1830 m). In general, its difficulty is at the same level, it also gives 2 new ITRA points. Along the way, there is no shortage of interest: we have Kurnytowa Koliba from 1837 – the oldest residential building in the Gorce, gain beautiful peak Magurki with great glade and one of the four Gorce lookout towers and the finish line coincides wonderfully drawn path through the band Rokietnica, with a new section of  Vlach Cuture Trail. As the only one of our routes, the new 40-km is running to the finish line with other than any other route, but like those leading to the end of a dirt road, not really runs through the village, crosses the main road and only 200 m we are at the finish line.
Not only that, only a kilometer away from our route (the exact tower on Magurki) the place where the Liberator plane crash in 1944, about which we wrote on our website, with a very interesting installation-monument depicting an American plane https: //www.gorceultratrail. Pl / pl / liberator /. All who treat the competition as a kind of tour and do not really care about the time, can get a little off the beat and follow the Rules back to the same route. If only they fit in the general time limit, which remains unchanged and is 9 hours. More details on our website.

Studzionki Vertical – extreme run experience

We start just after the bridge over Ochotnica River. This is the place where the road to Studzionki’s hamlet changes from almost flat to really steep, and where more inexperienced drivers turn back, frightened by the unusual view. 200 meters along the asphalt road and then straight through the forest, dirt road. If someone is still running, this section will surely slow him down, because the road from the very steep turns into an absurdly steep, and the soft terrain makes the leg “stays” at every step. We pass a few branches, but navigate without any problems, just remember that we always choose the steepest variant and generally all the time straight ahead. No stones, soft forest path, can be a little branch because the logging takes place in the area at best. The path is quite wide, you can overtake if you are able to. 🙂 Racing in such conditions may seem a little humorous, because the pace will not kill you, although the heart rate will certainly increase. Since the distance is only four times longer than the elevation, the route passes very quickly. At the end it will be harder. Nowadays the road is covered by the broken trees, but before the run we will cut the passage so that it can be “runable”. A narrow path among grasses and we are at the top, next to a private open-air museum. Here the uphill is over, about 248 meters of denivelation, you can see the Tatras, but slightly covered with trees. Slight down and flat, sharp turn to the right and we are at the gazebo and our finish line. There is nothing to cover our prize – the most beautiful view of the Tatra Mountains, Tatry Bielskie  and Babia Góra. If we are lucky, we have a wonderful sunset. Enjoy the view.
This is our Studzionki Vertical. Registration is still open 🙂

Demons on the road

Have you ever wondered where the names of peaks, places, rivers or passes come from. All these Przysłops, Kiczoras, Turbczes, Kotelnicas or Prehybas? It seems that there is exoticism and beauty in them. Like some voices from the remnants of memory, reminding that it was different in the past. Indeed, most of the names are very old, and some retain extraordinary durability, despite the years and changes in the conditions in which they were created. In the Beskids, most of the names are derived from Wallachian – from the Volloch – a mysterious Balkan-Ruthenian people who appeared in our area in the 15th and 16th centuries as a kind of refugees, but much better received than those of the contemporary. Wolos gradually dissolved into the surrounding element, but the names remained. Most names are Wallachian, not all, though.
Mogielica (1170) [grave mounain] – the name of the highest summit on the new section of the route 102 km has a Slavonic origin, of course derived from the word “mogiła” [grave], which in the older form of “mogyla” also meant a mound and a hill. Mogielica comes from a grave, quite special, however. This is the place where dead people were buried premature and unexpected deaths, ie suicides, drowns or victims of the plague. According to folk beliefs, these were undefined beings, demons on the verge of life and death, and that was why it was necessary to bury them not in the cemetery, but at the borders. And our mountain, large and lofty massif, separating various human abodes was treated as a classic border.
Borrowing names went here the other way round. The Slavic expression of the “mogyla” was transformed by the Wolohs into a “magura” – a lush, lonely mountain massif, and we have a lot of Maguras in our mountains today.
Our Mogielica is still interesting to note that at the Carpathian Branch of PTT conference in 1936 it was included to Gorce Range (!). It was only post-war regulation that “allocated” it to the Beskid Wyspowy. We follow a bit in the footsteps  of this conference. Mogielica has a similar character to Gorce and will be the biggest attraction of the final ssection of our longest route. All the more so at the top is also the beautiful lookout tower and the sea of ​​mountains around.
In the photo above, Mogielica is the inconspicuous, but highest peak in the background. To the left of it is a large piece of 102 km route. The beautiful glade in the foreground is called Podskały (58 km) and is part of the Ten Glades Way, designated in 1926 by Walenty Gadowski, the creator of famous Orla Perć in Tatra Moutains.

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