ISTRIA 100 is an annual trail running race held in April in Istria, Croatia. This is their 10th year of holding this race. It started in 2013 and today gathers more than 2000 runners from all over the world. In 5 distances, 100 miles and 110 km, both ultra rails, 69 km, 42 km and 21 km, the trails combine all aspects of Istria: difficult and technical terrain, little coastline, old mediaeval towns, deep forests, city centres, muddy valleys, streams and rivers, canyons and many beautiful panoramas.
Is there anything better than improving your fitness and challenging your body while exploring beautiful, romantic Istria and its wonderful landscapes?
The race is organised by UTMB (Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc), an organisation that hosts some of the most prestigious trail races in the world.
The longest and toughest race starts in Labin, a 3000-year-old town. It climbs Učka, the highest point of the race, from where it offers a wonderful view of Kvarner and Istria, and descends via Ćićarija towards Buzet. It then continues through other mediaeval towns, going up and down through everything. It is considered a tough, but very rewarding race. This run ends in Umag and can last up to 46 hours. The course is marked with strategically placed signs and arrows that guide runners along the way. Runners have to cross eight checkpoints in order to complete the race. But don’t worry, throughout the race there are numerous refreshment stations where you can rest.
At the end, ISTRIA 100 is not only a race, it’s a unique celebration of nature, with the organisers attempting to create a special atmosphere for runners by providing a great deal of support throughout the course. Anyone can enter any of the races – if you’re brave enough! These trail runs can provide you a great opportunity to explore Istria and its stunning scenery, plus you can stay fit, healthy and get some fresh air!
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