"We were the first to cross the finish line in the Nizepole sports center. Arriving at the finish line was one of the most beautiful in the entire history of my runs. Before the finish line, there was a long steep hill, which was difficult for us to run, but we "had to", so many people were waiting for us, with our girlfriends..."
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Neolica Trail / 23 K & XTR ULTRA / 115 K

Running in one of the most beautiful national parks in Macedonia was an opportunity Fran and I  couldn’t wait to try. So when the organizers at Pelister Unique Trail Marathon invited us to participate, we said yes. Pelister national park sits in the south western corner of Macedonia near the border with Greece and Albania. Its mountains are mostly covered with pine forest, and there are also lakes and rivers throughout the park. We were warmly welcomed by the organizers and the local trail community, and enjoyed a few days  in Bitola, the main town near the park. I opted for the 115km while Fran chose the 23 km as she was still in recovery mode after surgery several months prior. The 115 km race climbs out of the town of Bitola and into the forested hills as it slowly winds its way around the park. Eventually you get to the start of the biggest climb up Baba mountain (2601meters) and steadily climb through forests and alpine meadows until reaching the antenna station at the top. Then there’s a long downhill before the last big climb up to a mountain hut and some lakes before the final descent to the finish line at the  local ski center. This was a community event, and the locals enjoyed it (especially the kids races) and the organizers did a great job making sure everyone could participate and enjoy the trails. Thanks to Nenad and Vijoleta for your hospitality and all your hard work and dedication to create a great event and trail community in this beautiful part of the world.

snezana djuric / serbia / 2023
Bitola Ultra 54 K

54km 3400 D+ (could be )

This race was held on June 24, 2023.
I was waiting for the summer to pass, to warm up enough to be able to remember and write about the experience at this race 
My people!
The race starts from Bitola, the sun is scorching, 30 degrees. Our highest point is the peak of Pelister Antena at 2601 m above sea level.
For the first few kilometers, a competitor from Latvia was in front of me. I didn't start too strong because I know what awaits me afterwards (or I don't know
After a few kilometers I take the lead and continue at a measured pace because hell is just starting and in such a race anything is possible. After about 25km, the weather changes, it starts to thunder. I reach the control point, I stop to check myself and the city starts moving. Several more competitors arrive behind me. The race continues, the city stops, the rain continues and a couple of us decide to continue because we got wet a few times.
From that moment I ran together with @manevtoni. A strong and long climb through the forest, the rain is pouring down and doesn't think to stop. Wet all the way, but we are moving and everything is ok, we are not giving in. Although, we are crying for a shift . Towards the end of the forest, we meet a group of mountaineers who tell us - it's okay up there, it's going by. We came out of the forest onto a rock and the rain really calmed down a bit. We continue on, we come before the very climb to Pelister. In front of us, stone piled on top of stone, freezing rain is falling, thunder and crackling from all sides, I don't know how strong the wind is blowing. If we stop we will freeze, we have nowhere to hide, we have no dry things, (drop bugs are at the goal).
Already tired, in such conditions...My people!
That's the only time I've ever truly feared for my life. As soon as the lightning strikes, I think that's it - we die, and again, I'm begging God to just make it to the antenna and control point.
We were completely frozen, our hands were numb, they couldn't feel anything. I threw the sticks so they wouldn't attract lightning.
At 300m in front of the Antenna, I just think that's it, God, thank you.
The volunteers immediately covered us, made tea, after us several other competitors arrived and the race stopped. We all shivered together for about an hour, then played music, then danced and waited for them to come pick us up.
Thanks to the volunteers! Thanks to everyone who looked after us up at 2600.
In this case, the organizer stopped the race. Several of us went through hell, some were stopped at the checkpoint long before this one. But every competitor who would stop and decide not to go further if possible, there is a safe place to stop in this case - my people, that does not mean that he has given up running, but he just made the smartest decision at that moment for himself. It doesn't apply here - it ends on the head, just hard! No matter what head, my head could not stop the storm on Pelister, nor anyone else's   
Our goal is not one race, but much more and to last much longer, right. 
Thanks to the organizers for the transportation and safe descent from the mountain, for the order of the race and ITRA points for these legendary 38 km that we covered !


What can I say that hasn't already been said - legends, doctors, emperors, champions, that's you from the PUTM team! You are proof that races organized out of love are much better than commercial ones. You have given a lesson that Western Europe needs to learn. It's not all about money. There is much more to love, companionship and friendship. Cheers to me and your race!


Many thanks and respect for all the effort, attention, care, hospitality and sincere love I received from all the people from the organization. From the city of Bitola and its wonderful people. I sincerely hope that your race and organization will grow and develop every year. You have all the conditions to become a really serious race known throughout Europe. I wish you health, happiness and success from the bottom of my heart. Good luck. 


Pelister unique. A wonderful experience. We never feel tired. We thank the organizers. The heroic volunteers who gave us courage and smiles at every step. All the runners who, in addition to sporting values, also present humanitarian moral values.


ULTRA 47 K / 4TH

@ I did 1000+ races including 30+ marathons/ultras. The PUTM went straight into the top10. from the reception in the beautiful town of Bitola in the south of North Macedonia to the challenging but amazing trail ultra to the farewell, the whole crew behind the race truly over-delivered for their first major event. i discovered how friendly, supportive, and humorous the Macedons were throughout these hours and days before and after the race even though they were all working so hard to make the event outstanding. the race course is quickly described: 3 massive mountains needed to be conquered in the pelister national park. beautiful nature on nice trails on technical terrain but overall there was always this one problem. the climb seemed endless - and also the descent. i was extremely happy that i had a running partner, Ivan Spirkoski , who pulled me up all 3 mountain peaks. after 6.5 hours we were awaited at the finish line with a noise and hundreds of smiling faces i hardly ever had at a finish line. and everyone received it - the crew seemed to have unlimited energy and happiness. also, I like to mention and thank #ianmarshall who i was hanging out with for many hours before and after the race and who never complained about my never-ending questions about running. now the show must go on and everyone in this world is invited to the second edition next year on the 23./24. June 2023. check out one thing is for sure. it will be bigger and better. why? because we are dealing with the best. ps: thanks Nenad and Violeta for the invite - you are my heroes leading the crew!


@ On June 17 and 18, there was an ultra-marathon will be held in Bitola on the Baba mountains and the Pelister Peak with a length of 104 km. Even from the moment of arrival in Bitola, I was impressed by the high professionalism and kindness with which the hosts of the race met us. I assume that the other participants of the race were even uncomfortable that we were treated as if we were VIP guests of some political elite.I was especially impressed by the team that marked the trail a few days ago, especially in one part of the top of Neolica near Golemo Ezero. That part, which is 3 to 4 kilometers long, goes down exceptionally difficult, steep and inaccessible terrain, made up of huge stone blocks that you can pass only by jumping from one stone block to another. On such a "Unique" terrain, the team performed impeccable and professional marking, which, even in bad conditions and in very thick fog, enabled us to successfully orient ourselves and continue with the race. There is no trail race in Macedonia as challenging and demanding! Congratulations for the professionally organized race to the whole team, led by the race director Nenad Lazic.

ULTRA 47 K / 1ST

@ Dear Organisers, thank you for this fantastic race! It really has a special atmosphere. Hope to see you all next year  Also big thank you for all the competitors, it was great to share all the challenges of the trail with you!   Last but not least, I'm grateful for having such kind hosts in Bitola like Kiril and Elizabeta. It always feels like home when I'm around  Thank you all!


@ Even after 7 days of the race, it is difficult to find words to describe this event.
Challenging mountains that leave you breathless, perfect views that are hard to overlook, volunteers who welcome you with a smile, rich invigorated stations that do not allow the runner to run out of energy
Aaah, fans in the goal zone, phew, unforgettable.
I want all runners to feel the Pelister Unique Trail Marathon-PUTM
Organizers-->hats to the floor!!!
Iiii...less than a year left until the next edition,
See you Macedonia ❤️