Run, Walk or Jog 100km over 3 days through the Oriental Carpathian Mountains
An ultra-marathon, also called ultra-distance, is any sporting event involving running and walking longer than the traditional marathon length of 42.195 kms.
For a better insight of Ultrabug 2014, don't miss the narrative!
The race takes place in the historical region of Bucovina situated in the North-Eastern Romania - a truly amazing rural paradise. Bucovina is well-known for its beautiful landscape, rich history and culture. The region is chiefly famous for the Painted Monasteries,(http://romaniatourism.com/painted-monasteries.html), UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which have been preserved since medieval times. The best known is Voronet – “the Sistine Chapel of the East”, a masterpiece of the Byzantine Art. Founded in 1488, the monastery took 3 months and 21 days to be built.
In Bucovina, the old customs and traditions, occupations and crafts forgotten long ago are still alive. The locals are proud mountain people but at the same time warm, gentle and very hospitable. They still wear traditional costumes when they go to church and other special events and maintain ancient traditions and customs.
Anne-Marie, the Ultrabug Race Director, came up with the idea of organizing this event after spending a few days in Bucovina, in the summer of 2013. Impressed with the beautiful landscape, people's hospitality and, last but not least, the delicious traditional food, she thought that runners would love a challenge surrounded by such amazing scenery.
Anne-Marie, a veteran of numerous marathons and ultra-marathons, is originally from South Africa but currently lives in the UK. She is a Human Movement Specialist, Fitness Editor for Women's Running Magazine and Fitness & Nutrition Coach for England Golf.
The 2014 Race
The first Ultrabug took place at the beginning of June 2014. It was a great experience for the runners and the organizers. Among the participants were runners with different levels of experience and for most of them it was their first ULTRA. It wasn't easy but the fantastic atmosphere and the extraordinary support runners offered to each other made up for the sore muscles and the odd blister - we actually offered a prize for the runner with the most blisters :-)
The local people and authorities got very involved with organizing the event. Everybody is looking forward to the next Ultrabug, which is going to take place between 5 - 7 June 2015.
• Every entrant will receive a green long sleeved hooded Ultrabug shirt received with their registration pack.
• Each race participant will receive a carved wooden medal, handmade by a local craftsman
• Winners will be awarded prizes.
Signing Up For The Race
If you would like to take part in Ultrabug 2015 and enjoy an experience of a lifetime, let us know.
If long distance running is not for you, you could run just the last stage (8km) and still receive our handmade medal. If you prefer, you could follow the runners on your mountain bikes (also available to rent), walk various parts of the route or volunteer to help with the checkpoints. The number of participants is limited as we want to keep Ultrabug a special event and with a very friendly atmosphere.
You can find further details and information about the packages we offer for international runners and non-runners on our website - www Ultrabug.co.uk.
3rd of June - meet at Cluj International Airport - Transfer to Fundu Moldovei (4 - 5 hrs). The scenic journey will take you through traditional villages of Transylvania and the majestic mountains of Bucovina. After approximately 3 hrs in our journey, we'll cross Tihuta Pass - a high pass situated in the Eastern Carpathian Mountains at just over 1,200m (4,000 feet) which connects Transylvania to Bucovina. Tihuta Pass was made famous as "the Borgo Pass" (Pasul Bargau nowadays), which in Bram Stoker's book Dracula was the gateway to the realm of Count Dracula.
4th of June - time to explore the area, to relax and get ready for the race. Optionally, you could take part in our trip to Voronet Monastery - the most famous of the painted monasteries.
5th of June - Ultrabug day 1 - Witches' Castle - 42km
6th of June - Ultrabug day 2 - Rolling Hills - 50km
7th of June - Ultrabug day 3 - Bootsy the Cow - 8km
8th of June - transfer back to Cluj with overnight stay in a 3 star hotel.
9th of June - Flight back home or you can extend your time in Romania and spend more time in the legendary Transylvania, visit Bucharest - the capital of Romania or Danube Delta a real bird watching paradise - (more information about these options on request).
Cluj is the former capital of Transylvania and is an important cultural and historical centre with a rich legacy of monuments, ancient vestiges, medieval churches and cathedrals. Cluj is also an important academic centre and, with almost 100,000 students, it's a city that never sleeps.
On our way to Cluj we stop at Turda Salt Mine, dating from the 17th century, a veritable history museum of salt mining, it was described as one of 'The coolest underground sights in the world' - www.businessinsider.com/world-underground-attractions-2014-2