Half Marathon distance: 21 km
Start time: 10:00 AM
Start location: On the slip road adjacent Aleea Privighetorilor, next to the Police Academy
Marking: The course will be marked with a blue and red Intersport tape. Please ignore the painted signs on trees, regardless of their color or shape (arrows, “x” markings, dots). They do not belong to us and they may point to the wrong direction. For signaling direction changes, we shall use, as much as possible, tape marking and volunteers. However, we recommend the course orientation run for those who can.
Time limit: 3.5 hours
Terrain: 90% trail/unpaved terrain, which may feature uneven ground, tree roots or may be covered with leaves. Depending on the amount of precipitations and temperatures, certain areas may be covered in mud. Having an equipment suitable for the running terrain (trail) and staying alert may turn this race into a pleasant and unique experience.
Aid stations: A water-only aid station is set up at km 4, and several aid stations providing water, isotonic, tea, fruit, chocolate will be available on the course at km 7.3, 14.4, and 18.2.
Course description: The race will start in front of the Police Academy, immediately turning left onto the paved alley. Keep running straight until you reach the forest. Advance following the markings; after 500 m, turn 90 degrees left and follow the 2m-wide trail until you reach the forest road. Then, turn left and continue towards Aleea Padina until you enter a new trail on the right; the trail turns right after 100 meters and right once again after another 400 meters. From here, the course has straight trail running areas, combined with direction changes, which shall be signaled to participants in due time by volunteers or visible markings. The course then reaches a beautiful wider forest terrain, covered in leaves, which horizontally crosses the forest. A loop follows, which will take us back on the same course, but a bit farther down the road, so don’t get confused if you see runners on this track, ahead of you, as the markings/volunteers will guide you to keep right. We will then return on the same route and cross it towards Padurea Pustnicu Road, and towards the end, we shall turn right, without exiting the forest. We will now run at the edge of the forest, leave the Greenfield Residential Complex on the left and then, before Vadul Moldovei road, without exiting the forest, we shall turn right, running parallel to this road. We will thus reach kilometer 7.3, where the 2nd aid station is located. The two courses separate in this point. The Cross Race track turns right, whereas the Half Marathon track turns left. So, we turn left, cross Vadul Moldovei street and enter the forest where the trail immediately turns left. We follow the marking tape until we reach a wider trail. There, we turn left and run for another 800 meters, when we enter a narrower trail that leads towards the left edge of the forest. There we take a quick left turn and then turn right again in the corner of the forest after approximately 350 meters. Starting this point, we are practically running parallel to the Bypass Road and we are getting ready to enter the heart of the forest once again, through the right and then take a U turn that will take us back to the edge parallel to the Bypass Road. We will then continue on the trail at the edge of Tunari Forest, with a slight loop entering the forest and exiting again at the edge of the forest, where we are to change direction to the right, towards Pipera Boulevard. We thus reach kilometer 14.4, where a new aid station is available. At this point, we turn right and run parallel Pipera Boulevard, with a slight deviation towards the left. We then reach a crossroad, where we must turn right on a wider, but unpaved trail. Look to the left to see the marking, which will once again guide you towards narrower forest trails. Afterwards, you will reach a gravel road, where you are to turn right at a certain point. Follow the road until you reach a crossroad, where you are going to enter a forest trail once again, leading towards a different road that ends at the crossroad with Vadul Moldovei, where the aid station from km 7.3 is located. You have now reached km 18.2. Run ahead for another 100 meters, before you enter the forest on the left. Another 350 meters of wide trail follow, and we will then turn right following the marking up to kilometer 9.2. At this point, we reach the paved forest trail. We will turn right and run up to the point where we initially entered the forest. Turn left on the paved track towards the finish line. At the end of the street, turn right towards the starting point, to reach the FINISH line after 21 km! Congratulations! 🙂