1000km Balkan Charity Challenge - the duathlon beyond

Main sponsors
Sport Partners

Sofia – Bucharest, 2016

Nov 7, 2016
Ilko Vakarelov

Text: Stanislav Georgiev, Photos: Radu Cristi

5th day was the first running day starting from Sofia. 56km in the Balkan mountains crossing Vitinya passage. Different muscles and new friends in the team.

6th day days are behind us. 60 hilly kilometres in which we crossed the Balkan mountains. It starts getting tough yet we finished the last 10k with some 6.00 – 6.10 min/km on average. Tomorrow is the longest running day with 68km finishing in my home town Pleven.
We already have over 100 donations for which we thank the donors wholeheartedly and encourage our friends, colleagues and people who like and admire what we do to join and support.

7th day of the race was the longest running day, 67km hilly road to Pleven and 182km of run and 642km of biking in total so far. Ankles and knees start revolting. We address this by changing shoes, taking massage with sports creams, changing running style and of course resting and of course lots of spirit.
We are happy to see your encouragement by liking our pictures and posts but most of all seeing your donations growing. THANK YOU!

8th day of 11 done. 240km running of 420km completed. Friends from the Pleven sports society, Romanian runners from Elite running club and Slavi Nestorov from the biking part joined us today. Hills, hills, hills.
Now tired. Preparing for another some 60 hilly kilometres tomorrow.
Be with us.
Look for creative ways to avoid falling into the pit of the day-to-day triviality.
…and Pls support our causes. That is why we are doing it.

9th day done. The hilliest one with 670m vertical altitude difference. We already did 300km running in 5 days. Knees, ankles and muscles hurt. But spirit is high.
2 days and 125km to go. Tomorrow we will pass through RUSE and will cross the border with Romania. We invite the runners from RUSE to join us and have run together.

10 days on the road. Today we run 60km and entered Romania. Weather changed fast like woman’s mood (by experience) – warm, cold, windy, rainy, sunny. The best part was the crossing of the Danube bridge.
Tomorrow is the last day of this hard challenge and beautiful relationship to nature and great people. 62km to Bucharest. Friends will join us from Daia.

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5th edition: 29 OCT - 08 NOV 2016

   left until 2016 edition!

Online Donations:


Raised so far



Last donations:

name Challenger amount
Melon Inc Valentin Velikov 1020 Bgn
Anonymous Friend Valentin Velikov 40 Bgn
Eyes-Open Eyes-Open Valentin Velikov 200 Bgn
Eyes-Open Eyes-Open Stanimira Georgieva (Tania) 200 Bgn
Eyes-Open SRL Eyes-Open SRL Stanislav Georgiev 1000 Ron

Donations deadline: November 20th

After this date donations on the fundraising pages will not be possible any more!

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