1000 km Balkan is a cross-border endurance sport and charity event. It lasts for 11 days combining biking and running of near 100 km per day on average without interruption.

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1000 km Balkan
Charity Challenge

The course is beautiful combining flat road along Danube river and mountain slopes crossing the Balkan mountain. The total nominal distance is 1050 km, including 440 km in Romania and 610 km in Bulgaria, with 7500 m positive altitude difference. The routes from Bucharest to Sofia and from Sofia to Bucharest are different and coincide with the biking and running courses as follows:

1st part – 4 days biking of 640 km nominally in total (160 km a day), starting in Bucharest via Giurgiu and further on Romanian territory, crossing Danube River on the Calafat-Vidin bridge on the 3rd day, reaching Sofia at the end of Day 4.

2nd part – 7 days running 410 km in total (near 60 km a day) crossing the Danube river at Ruse – Giurgiu bridge on Day 10, reaching Bucharest at the end of Day 11.

Day 1 – bike

Starting point: Bucharest , Bulevardul Expozitiei 1F

Ending point: Turnu Magurele

The accomodation location: Hotel Turris – T. Magurele

Day 2 – bike

The course is beautiful combining flat road along Danube river and mountain slopes crossing the Balkan mountain. The total nominal distance is 1050 km, including 440 km in Romania and 610 km in Bulgaria, with 6200 m positive altitude difference.

Starting point: Turnu Magurele

Ending point: Vidin, Hotel Vival

Route: 186.6 km +435 m / -436

The accomodation location: Hotel Vival, Bononia bl. 6, vivalhotel.com

Day 3 – bike

Starting point: Vidin, Hotel Vival

Ending point: Berkovitsa Hotel Gelov

Route: 130.9 km +1510 m / -1145 m

The accomodation location: Aleksandrovska № 28,
3500 Berkovica, Montana, Bulgaria
http://www.hotelgelov.com/en/
https://www.facebook.com/gelovhotel/

Day 4 – bike

Starting point: Berkovitsa, Hotel Gelov

Ending point: Sofia – Sveta Nedelya sq UniCredit Bulbank HO – FINISH

Route: 105.1 km +1653 m / -1504 m

The accomodation location: Sveta Sofia 18, Pirotska Str.
http://www.hotelsvetasofia.com/svetasofia/en

Day 5 – running

Starting point: Sofia – Sveta Nedelya sq UniCredit Bulbank HO

Ending point: Trudovetz Vilage (Near Botevgrad)

The accomodation location: Hotel Kredo, 6 Tzar Simeon Str., Trudovetz Vilage, tel. (0723) 93379, http://centrecredo.com/

Day 6 – running

Starting point: Botevgrad dam

Ending point: Zlatna Panega – big resting point (restaurant, water) on the left and parking on the right.

The accomodation location: Diplomat Plaza 5770 Lukovit 2, D. Talev Street http://www.diplomatplaza.com

Day 7 – running

Starting point: Zlatna Panega – big resting point (restaurant, water) on the left and parking on the right

Ending point: Pleven city center – hotel.

The accomodation location: Rosov, Tsar Boris III Str., 5800, Pleven.

Day 8 – running

Starting point: Pleven city center – hotel

Ending point: intersection to Ovcha Mogila, resting point and parking on the left.

The accomodation location: Hotel Formula 1 Byala, K. Ficheto str.

Day 9 – running

Starting point: intersection to Ovcha Mogila

Ending point: after Volovo village, on a down slope forest and resting point on the left.
The accomodation location: Hotel Formula 1 Byala, K. Ficheto str.
http://formula-1-motel.byala.top-hotels-bg.com/en/

Day 10 – running

Starting point: after Volovo village, on a down slope forest and resting point on the left

Ending point: end of Daia on the right road extension – driving 10km back to Giurgiu

Accomodation: Hotel Cosmos RuseRuse, 122 „Borisova” Str., +359 82/871 871 and +359 895 669 655

Day 11 – running

Starting point: end of Daia on the right road extension
Ending point: Bucharest, Bulevardul Expozitiei 1F – FINISH