Marathon

Marathon: approximately 42km, 2400m positive/ negative gain, 9h time limit

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

Course description:

1st Loop: approx. 14.2 km
START – Moieciu de Sus – La Mandru – Fundata – Moieciu de Sus: around 14,2 km

The START of the Salomon EcoRun Moieciu is from the centre of Moieciu de Sus, in front of the House of Culture. The first loop follows the asphalt from ‘Popii’ Valley and continues 1km on the dirt-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 to ‘La Mandru’ where is the first hydration point(only water). After another 700m of smooth ascent the course suddenly turns right following a marked trail (dirt-road – red stripe) going down from ‘Sf. Ilie’ Mountain to Fundatica Village in Cheii Valley. From here the course continues right on the road and then immediately leaves 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 asphalt 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 Moieciu de Sus along 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 asphalt road takes you to Moieciu de Sus in the central point (CP2), which marks the arrival of the competitors 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 ‘Zilistea’ Corner, 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 the course reaches a clearing where the participants might be checked. Then the course goes left and easily ascends on a stony road 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 an asphalt road parallel to the cross country/ biathlon shooting area and official tribune and after 500m crosses on the left and around playing fields and multi-sportand continues on the cross country ski piste  arena then smoothly ascends to a picturesque saddle, then a descent start along a stone fence. The course continues along the newly built access dirt road to the resort, then the course leaves the road though a meadow until it reaches the fence that separates the cross country ski slope. From here the course goes on and traverses on the right over a dense forest and reaches a well defined road leading to the church in Fundata village.

From here the route descends on a road on the left and then a visible trail in Moieciu de Sus, passes by the antenna and the church from Moieciu de Sus and then reaches the central point again, CP4, the final point on 2nd Loop on a narrow trail. Here will be the first time barrier – 6 hours from the finish line.

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 “Bisericutei Hill” until a paths junction marked by a wooden cross, the beginning of a steep descent to ‘Bangaleasa’ Vally. Following Bangaleasa Valley on a forest road for 700m, the course reaches the last great ascent of the Salomon EcoRun Moieciu to “Gutanu” glade. After the refreshment point the course crosses the ‘Bangaleasa’ River, ascends trough the forest almost 360m positive gain until it reaches the highest point  – 1460m, 36th km. The course reaches a clearing, where is the Check Point CP5. From here the course covers the last 6km along ‘Plesii’ Ridge.

The course follows the tourist trail marked with red stripe, 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.

(start), (checkpoint), (water), (food), (finish)

LocationKMAltitudeElevation
Moieciu de Sus0.0957
Bridge3.21080123
Mandru5.21372292
Road junction Fundata-Fundatica7.01193-179
Padina Lunga8.612029
Fundata School9.01305103
Trail Junction in Fundata village11.01233-72
Trail Junction Poteca lui George11.8132794
Moieciu de Sus14.2957-370
Zilistea Corner15.51200243
Culmea Lungă16.21150-50
Cremenii Stone16.8118030
Ch. Gradistei Moieciu de Jos18.8881-299
Resort Ch. Gradistei Fundata21.51300419
Church Fundata26.71200-100, +100
Moieciu de Sus28.6957-243
La Bisericuta31.01283326
Valea Bangaleasa – Moieciu de Sus33.01096-187
Poiana Gutanu35.31455359
Trail junction Moieciu – Simon38.71215-240
Moieciu de Sus42.2957-258