4 may 2019


Marathon: approximately 42km, 2400m positive/ negative gain, 9h time limit
Cross: approximately 14km, 600m positive/ negative gain, the same as the first loop of the marathon

The course is made out of 3 loops forming the EcoMarathon clover, the Start and the Finish are in Moieciu de Sus.

Loop 1. START – Moieciu de Sus – La Mandru – Fundata – Moieciu de Sus: around 14,2 km
Loop 2. Moieciu de Sus – Culmea Lunga – Valea Lunga – Cheile Gradistei – Fundata – Moieciu de Sus: around 14,5 km
Loop 3. Moieciu de Sus – La Bisericuta – Valea Bangaleasa – Poiana Gutanu – Poiana Plesii – Moieciu de Sus; FINISH around 13,2 km

Course description:

1st Loop/ Cross course: approx. 14,2km

START: Moieciu de Sus -> La Mandru -> Fundata -> Moieciu de Sus

The START of the EcoMarathon is from the centre of Moieciu de Sus, in front of the House of Culture. The first loop follows the asphalt from “Valea Popii” and continues 1km on the country-road.

The trail crosses the river on a wooden bridge on the right side of the valley and covers the steep slope ascending trough the forest „La Mandru” where is the first hydration point(only water). After another 700m of smooth ascent the course is suddenly turns right following a marked trail (country road – red line) going down from “Muntele Sf. Ilie” to Fundatica village in Valea Cheii. From here the course continues right on the road and then leave immediatly on the left side with a sustained but short climb, and after another 1.5km of alternate short ascends the course reaches CP1, a refreshment check point with energy beverages and food. From here the course continues 800m on the paved road and then turns right on a small alley between the houses and get back into another dirt road. After a few hundred meters the last ascent of Loop 1 begins going to a boundary road. From here the trail descends gently at first and then more steeply to the Moieciu de Sus along a George’s path. The last part of descent is quite steep and the path should be followed exactly without stepping outside it, to avoid damage to the meadow. The last 300 meters of paved road takes you to Moieciu de Sus in the central point (CP2), which marks the arrival of the competitor on the Cross race and ends the 1st Loop of the Marathon race.

2nd Loop: approx. 14,5km

Moieciu de Sus -> Culmea Lunga -> Valea Lunga -> Cheile Gradistei – Moieciu -> Cheile Gradistei – Fundata -> Moieciu de Sus

The course continues the ascent beside the school in Moieciu de Sus. The ascent is almost 1.3 km long and has a positive gain of 240m. On this part of the race the track is narrow and it is bordered by several fences. On rainy days, the path becomes very slippery and muddy and makes it difficult to run. This ascent ends at an altitude of about 1200m near “Coltul Zilistea”, at the 15,5km mark of the race; after this ascent, the course follows a 2 km rather flat trail along “Culmea Lunga” ridge. From here the course descends steeply to “Cheile Gradistei – Moieciu” resort. On this part of the course it is mandatory to follow up exactly the trail to avoid damaging the meadows.

From “Cheile Gradistei – Moieciu” resort (which is a hydration point located on the terrace by the pool) the route ascends the short ski slope, then turns left and climbs near the ski cable pole in the forest. The course smoothly follows a forest road and then enters a path and after a sustained climb marked by lanes reaches a clearing where the participants are checked. Then the course goes left and easily ascends on a well defined stone path and after two rows of large coils the course gets out in a clearing. The course passes a road barrier and with a last 700m smooth climb the course take you to “Cheile Gradistei – Fundata” resort – in front of the restaurant, there is CP3, a refreshment check point with energy beverages and food. Next, the course continues on a forest road parallel to the cross country ski slope and after 500m crosses another ski slope and slowly ascends on a picturesque but technique part, then a descent start along a stone fence. The course continues along until it reaches the fence that separates the cross country ski slope. From here the course goes on and traverses over a dense forest and reaches a well defined street leading to the church in Fundata village.

3rd Loop: approx. 13,2km

Moieciu de Sus -> La Bisericuta -> Valea Bangaleasa -> Poiana Gutanu -> Poiana Plesii -> Moieciu de Sus -> FINISH

Here is the 29th Km – the course starts on the “Valea Popii” and after 50m ascends on the left side of the valley to “Bisericuta” peak, a 320m positive gain ascent. The ascent is at first steep and after the first 500m the slope becomes easier. The course then follows a undulating trail along “Dealul Bisericutei” until a cross, the beginning of a steep descent to “Valea Bangaleasa”. Following Bangaleasa Valley on forest road for 700m, the course reaches the last great ascent of the EcoMarathon to “Gutanu” glade. After the refreshment point the course crosses “Bangaleasa” River, ascends trough the forest almost 360m positive gain until it reaches the highest point of EcoMarathon – 1460m, 36th km. The course reaches a clearing,  where is the Check Point CP5. From here the course covers the last 6km of EcoMarathon along “Muchia Plesii”.

The course follows the tourist trail marked with red line, which descends from “Bucegi” mountains and leads to “Simon” village, until it reaches the junction and goes left to Moieciu de Sus. The course covers the ridge until over the centre of Moieciu de Sus village, where the area opens and then descends steeply to Moieciu de Sus. The route crosses again Bangaleasa River and the last 300m of the race are covered on the paved road until it reaches the FINISH line.
Course map:Traseu
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