Blue Course – 29,5 km; +851 m elevation
Start: Remeți – Carpathia Guesthouse
Finish: Remeți – Carpathia Guesthouse
Landmarks: Izvorul Valley, observation point towards Vlădeasa Peak
Distance: 29,5 km
Cumulative elevation gain: + 851 m
Estimated time: 3h15min – 4h30min
Marks: runner coloured in blue
Difficulty: intermediate level
Recommendations: running shoes, adequate clothes for weather conditions, water
GPS track: http://tiny.cc/bjvxsz
The course starts at the Carpathia Guesthouse and after a short asphalted portion it turns right, towards Valea Izvorul (Izvorul Valley). The course ascends through a rocky canion and arrives to a smoother area. From here, it winds by the stream, and at the end of the valley – where the road splits – we keep our direction to the left with a powerful ascent. The area offers us a wonderful view towards the neighboring hills and mountains. At the highest point of the first part we turn left, we bypass a sheepfold and continue our way with a slight descent. The course undulates to the county line with lower and higher elevations.
Here we cross the asphalt road and keeping our direction, after a short ascent, we join a tourist route marked with a blue-dot and a red-line. We bypass an observation point from where we’ll have a wonderful view towards Cheile Remeți and towards the Vlădeasa Peak behind us. We leave the marked tourist route going left before the turn, in the direction of a sheepfold and a shelter. From here, the course slightly climbs up for 1 more km, after which a steep and technical descent follows on an abandoned forest road. Reaching the valley we turn left and run further on a smooth slope. At the end of the valley, near the building of the water company we turn right and reach Remeți village on the asphalt. Turning to the right in the center of the village, we reach our destination after 2 km.