The Transylvanian Bear Races are a trail marathon and ultramarathon  in Transylvania, one of the most spectacular places in Romania

The courses will take you through Europe’s last unspoiled wilderness, combining the unique cultural heritage and landscape of Transylvania. Runners follow a pre-marked course through ancient Saxon villages, virgin forest, a ruined castle, open pasture land, meadows and rural village pathways. This culminates in the infamous ascent of the Sighisoara citadel, a UNESCO world heritage site and the birth place of Vlad Dracul.

WARNING: the difficulty of these routes should not be underestimated. Nor should the vibrancy of the local wildlife, which includes wolves and bears.

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Date: Saturday 4th June 2016
Event type: trail marathon and ultramarathon
Distances: 42km / 80km
Elevation gain: +950m /
+1,700m
Start location: Viscri
Finish location: Sighisoara
Start time: 0800 / 0900
Cut off: 14 hours for the ultra, none for the marathon
Fund raising target: £200 for The European Nature Trust

Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc qualifying points: 2 points (ultramarathon only)