date: 12.02.2020

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PETRA TRATNIK

Petra Tratnik

Petra Tratnik, the winner and recorder of 50 km with incredible 743 ITRA points.

What can you say about the race, the organization, the track and the volunteers?
I made my third appearance at UTVV this year. Every now and then I am impressed by the organization, which the organizers upgrade from year to year. I also like the picturesque route, both because of the varied terrain and the beautiful views. Of course a large part of it comes from the terrain, from the fans and the volunteers.

Which part of the course is your favorite or perhaps the most difficult?
In principle, I am satisfied with the varied routes that this course certainly represents from start to finish. The hardest part? Very dependent on well-being. If "legs run" on the track, there are in principle no major problems. However, if I have to point out one, the climb from Podnanos to Nanos can be the most difficult to start because you have a few kilometers behind you, and there are also many demanding and challenging sections ahead of you.

What is your key to success in trail running?
You must surely run enough miles before, both flat and ascending. For myself I can usually "work" better in the second part of the game, so longer runs are more suitable for me, and I find myself in these much more than in shorter distances. Another important part is good motivation and mental strength, especially if there are problems during the topic.

What motivates you in trail running?
I am motivated by the desire to move in nature and everything it has to offer. Here I relax, sometimes get out of the daily routine and "somehow recharge my batteries" to do my daily tasks.

Are you very competitive and always anxious to win during the race?
No, I don't set goals before the game and I don't even care about the competition. It is true that runners know each other so well that we know where to go, but there are many factors that can affect the final result, even in longer runs. During the game I concentrate on myself, on my well-being.

What tactics do you follow during the game?
I always want to start out relaxed, "reserved" and find the right feeling. It's important that I feel good in the first half of the game, because most of the time the problems come up by themselves at the end of the problem, one way or another.

What is your weekly training?
I have not fixed my training plans in advance, I make them according to my well-being and my time. It also depends on the period. The principles during the competition time during the week, when I am closer to the time, I train shorter and more intensive. At the end of the week there is a long training session.

How many games do you choose each year? How do you regenerate in between?
In the last period, I do not exaggerate the number of games, it is certainly not good for longer games. Regeneration is important. The line between good fitness and overtraining can be very small. After the race I take a two to three week break to train longer and more intensively. I also use such times for other sporting activities.

What games do you have in mind for next year?
I intend to do longer trail runs, as I have done in the past three seasons, and in the meantime to supplement them with a shorter race, especially in my home environment. I don't make concrete plans, but somehow decide during the season according to time and feel for it.

What are your ambitions for UTVV2020?
I don't even think about it. I definitely plan to run one of the courses.

Do you also do other sports? What does that mean to you?
Running certainly fills me up with most of my free time or the time I spend moving. Maybe because you don't need any special preparation for him. I also do other sports, and it seems to me to be important to relieve my body, especially in winter and during less intensive training sessions. In summer I like to jump on a road or mountain bike, use a day to visit the mountains or to go cross-country skiing. In winter, when there is enough snow, the running shoes can only be exchanged for cross-country ski boots, but also for ski and alpine skis.

What is your inspiration in life?
Surely the movement sport is one of the most important and at the same time everything that is connected with it. Nature, views... Sociability on the one hand and the silence and peace I find there, on the other hand ...

Do you have any advice or maybe some of your thoughts that I would like to share with the runners?
I would definitely recommend it to anyone who decides to participate in one of the UTVV trials. From all angles you get a really nice running test.


TIMI LOSONC

Timi Losonc

Losonc Timi, winner of 100 km in 2019 with 589 ITRA points, fell in love with Ultra Trail Vipava Valley - Slovenia at a glance.

What can you tell about the race, the organization, the volunteers, the route?
In 2020 I will participate UTVV the third time. I fell in love with the race the first time when I attended in 2018. Actually that was my first ultratrail running race on. I can tell that it had a huge impact on my future plans in ultrarunning. Also this inspired me to get to know other races and places abroad out of my home country. I really like the staff in UTVV. They are doing great job and are very big help for the runners to feel comfortable even in the hardest minutes of the race.

The route of UTVV100 is around the Vipava Valley. What was your favorite part – or memory of the race?
One of the nicest memory is when I was up at the first high mountain after 20 kms at midnight. Beautiful clear sky, just myself and the mountains. I got to the top, nearly 1450 m Mali Golak peak, after that the downhill part was magical. I felt freedom with all the steps until the refreshment point. At that moment I remembered this is why I love trailrunning. I felt blessed and thankful. Also to reach the finish line as the first female runner, was truly an amazing moment! When the speaker reached me I was speechless. I couldn't believe I made it, and the same time I was also the happiest person in the world!

You are used to run in difficult conditions. How did you distribute your power during the run?
I think the strong wind and the hot weather was a bit difficult, but fortunately I made it to the finish line before the storm came on the second night.  :)

Do you recommend the UTVV also to other runners? Maybe as good training for some other difficult races?
Yes, sure, definitely. UTVV is my favorite ultra trail running race in the nearby countries. I can't wait to go back and see if also the mountains wanting me in the longest race. The white limestones are my favorites as well as the amazing view together with the feelings when I reach the last high peak before Nanos. Even the name Nanos is similarly beautiful and special like the top of the mountain. After that only left is 10 kms of downhill run to reach the finish line. Everybody must see it ones in a lifetime.

What is the key to success in the trail and ultra trail running?
You should run the mountains, the nature so the uphills as well. It is not easy to run the uphills the first times but if you have the passion and see the goals in front of you, you will get to love it. Nowadays I can't decide whether the uphills or the downhills are my faves, but your foot will bring you to all new magical places any way. Running ultras is difficult and hard. You really have to love it and have to be good with yourself mentally because in ultras you spend most of the time alone with your thoughts. Very important is to always be focused, have goals, dreams, and you will see that nothing is impossible in our lives!

Are you focused on winning during your race? Or do you simply run in the moment?
In the UTVV I just run the race for myself until the 90th km. I was leading the race all long, but also had to be prepared all the time that a faster runner would reach me and take the first place. At the refreshment points the staff, the volunteers told me that Im leading, but I didn't really want to think about it. When I was at the top of Plesa I knew that I could won the race. I remember that this was the first time I was brave and believed in myself enough to call my friend to tell him that I made it, I will win. As the second female was about two hours behind me. So during the last 10 kms I was so happy that I was crying and at the finish line I still couldn't believe that I made it and won this long and fantastic race.

How many races do you have each year – how do you regenerate?
In each year I have more short races, but I run them in easier pace only for fun or to practice for the longer main races. I cant race too hard week by week if I want to get the most out of me in my main longer race (100km or longer). My coach is also a very big help for me, keeps me not to over- train or race too hard. I usually have an easy week after the longer races knowing that my body needs enough time to regenerate. On these rest weeks when I feel or want to run, I just run few kilometers, otherwise I only rest. If you know your body well, it will tell you the truth, and will let you know what is enough or too much for you.

What other races will you attend this year? Do you have some big dream race?
My first big race this year will be the UTVV 160. Also, I got a chance to participate the UTMB-CCC so this will be my second big race. I have a dream race: Ultra Trail Cape Town (UTCT) in South Africa in December. If I really keep focusing on my goals, and also the stars be with me, hopefully my dream comes true and UTCT will be my last big race this year. Im attending and will attend some races in Hungary as well (my home country), and also in Austria, my new trail running love. I always have a big dream race. Have a long bucket list of ultras which I would like to participate someday. I'm thankful that I can tick off races from my bucket list year by year.



JOŠT LAPAJNE

Jošt Lapanje

Winner of 30 km in 2019 with 811 ITRA points, Jošt Lapajne says he always outperforms himself, more below:

What can you say about the race, the organization, the track and the volunteers?
The game has a real sporty atmosphere. At these places in the start-finish area and on the track in general, a feeling of love for running can be felt. This is facilitated by hard-working volunteers who make sure that there is no boredom on the track, and of course by the organizers who make sure that everything runs as it should.

Which part of the course is your favorite or perhaps the most difficult?
When I look at the 30 km test track at UTVV, my favorite part is the whole ascent of the Nanos, where you overcome many meters of altitude in a short time. Although it is difficult to climb, it rewards you with beautiful views of the Vipava Valley.

What is your key to success in trail running?
Head coaching. If you choose the right approach in training and invest the time and patience to get ahead, you will always be rewarded with success. Each training session must have its own purpose and meaning. A range of varied workouts, including general strength training and other sports, ensure progress.
What motivates you in trail running?
Definitely nature. That is why I always choose training and competitions where I will enjoy the view. The latter offers me a home environment in Idrija, while the area of the Vipava Valley, on the other hand, is great for competitions.

Are you very competitive and always anxious to win during the race?
Yes, I'd love to. It's kind of a part of me, and I don't even like to lose. This is also a reason why I don't have much competition. I sign up for games for which I have a lot of time to prepare well and I think I can achieve the best placements.

What tactics do you follow during the game?
That depends. For shorter games, the tactic is simple, as you always have to run at full speed. For longer races it is advisable to observe the competitors, to react quickly to their speed changes and to show their qualities at the right moment.

What is your weekly training?
To prepare for spring training, my weekly training includes four different running trainings (length, intervals, two runs), two general physical strength trainings and two mountain or road bike trainings.

How many games do you choose each year? How do you regenerate in between?
It depends quite a lot on my time and the other challenges I am aware of this year. With the number of games I don't overdo it, so that a timely regeneration was never a problem for me. I like running, but it is important that you enjoy running alone. It is especially important that you share your passion with others. At this point I think the experience of trail running is just becoming authentic. Every year, the UTVV makes these sincere feelings a big one with a large number of preparation / sightseeing tours.

What games do you have in mind for this year?
Big games are very attractive. I haven't set a season, but I'm tempted to do a few vertical kilometers and trail runs. I point out shorter distances on the Hochkoenigweg, Hungary Ultra the hiking trail and the path of the locals Vipava Valley Ultra.

What are your ambitions for UTVV2020?
When I have enough time and energy, I will prepare myself again for UTVV Skyrace or UTVV30. Above all I want to improve my time and overcome myself with it. And of course all the others

Do you also do other sports? What does that mean to you?
In the summer I take up cycling in addition to training, while in the winter I maintain and improve my fitness by cross-country skiing. About a year ago, I became enthusiastic about skiing, which combines elements of my first endurance sport - orienteering and cross-country skiing. Cross-country skiing is a pure pleasure for me, even though I can "drive" through the excellent home terrain of the Vojsko Cross -country Ski Center.

What is your inspiration in life?
My girlfriend, friends with whom we share our passion for sports, my children and my clients in the Idrija Cross countryside Ski Club and the people I work with (at school, in sports clubs, clubs) who are better than me at work. They are the ones from whom I can learn a lot and thus become more successful in my work.

Do you have any advice or maybe some of your thoughts that I would like to share with the runners?
It will probably happen several times that it is difficult to wear running shoes and to get out of them. But if we overcome this laziness in us and finally start to walk, it becomes easier. It is definitely worth a try for the good feeling that accompanies us after each run.


MARJAN ZUPANČIČ

Marjan Zupančič

Marjan Zupančič, 100 km winner and recorder with 789 ITRA points:

" Ultra Trail Vipava Valley - Slovenia is one of my favorite trails. A well-organized event with the participation of the entire Vipavska dolina - Vipava Valley. So I would like to come back to this, I will be participating for the fifth time this year. Last year it didn't work out and unfortunately I had to resign, otherwise I achieved two top-class victories and a second place here. I am especially proud of the victory and the track record at 110 km distance with a time of 11h 16min, for which I received 829 ITRA points. My favorite part is the first part of the path, which runs along the karstic beach and partly along the one Slovenian Mountain Trail I like to remember. This part of the route is also technically the most demanding. In addition to UTVV in Vipava, I will be performing this year on all four courses of the Kvarner Trail Series, 100 Mile Istria - 67km, Hungar Ultra Trail 110km in Budapest, Bela Krajina Trail 25km, Julian Alps Trail 60km- DP in Trail Runing, Pohorje Ultra Trail 35km-mountain DP marathon, K24 ULTRA TRAIL in Black in Carinthia. Maybe I'll add or subtract more, depending on... On March 1st I will start on the Crazy Hill Trail 33 km.

»My trail tactics have normally been full throttle from the beginning, but that will probably change over time and I will be more restrained at the beginning. If you consider that I have been involved in competitive sports for a long time and have achieved what will gradually become the results, then we will have a great time. See you at UTVV ULTRA TRAIL VIPAVA VALLEY «


MARKO TRATNIK

Marko Tratnik

Marko Tratnik is the winner of 50 km in 2019 and also the home recorder of this course, which is hard to follow even for the world-famous runners!

What can you say about the race, the organization, the track, and the volunteers?

Whichever area I touch; I have no comment. Truly a top-class race, from planning to completion. Exceptional coherence of the organizers cares, in every detail of the race, top-class advertising, numerous voluntary reactions, carefully planned route. It's hard to believe that all this is happening in the home district.

Which part of the course is your favorite or perhaps the most difficult?

Both in the last part of the game - the most difficult is certainly the ascent to the Nanos, my favorite is the descent from it back to the valley. Probably because I went down.
What is your key to success in trail running?
Coordination of all necessary components, both physical and mental. When everything falls apart, then it goes "all the way to the board".

What motivates you in trail running?

The desire to return to my wife's house as soon as possible.

Are you very competitive and always anxious to win during the race?

It's always a competition, but the emphasis is on winning - if I know I can do it, I bite.

What tactics do you follow during the game?

I walk while my head and my body speak. This tactic works best. What is your weekly training?
During the week I adapt my training to other commitments, so that my training is then shorter. For the weekend, however, I usually do a longer or more intensive run.

How many games do you choose each year? How do you regenerate in between?

I have too little basis to go to the game weekly or more often. I usually prepare for my personal favorite games, and then I do my best. Time itself is the best regeneration, so the intervals between games are longer.

What games do you have in mind for this year?

I never planned to run that much ahead. Usually the idea to take part in a race comes spontaneously. From a sporting point of view, now is my favorite time of the year - winter, and I will be happy to use it for cross-country skiing (and certainly for some of those races).

What are your ambitions for UTVV2020?

If there is no force majeure in between, I will definitely participate in UTVV2020, because it is a home game and I support you very much. I will wait a little longer with the choice of the length, depending on the time of the game I will decide then.

Do you also do other sports? What does that mean to you?

As mentioned before, I like skiing and skateboarding, in winter I like skiing (alpine and touring skiing), and during the year I also ride my bike and jump on a peak from time to time.

What is your inspiration in life?

I am inspired by nature, work, sports, family and friends.

Do you have any advice or maybe some of your thoughts that I would like to share with the runners?

Train as little as possible to be among the best for another year: D: D: D.

I'm also adding a link to a film that was shot by a staff member of this year's UTVV:

www.facebook.com/GROMAP.GEODETSKE.STORITVE.NOVA.GORICA/videos/2251822291734712/


LUCA MANFREDI NEGRI

Luca Manfredi

Luca Manfredi Negri is the winner and 100 km 2019 with 866 ITRA points!

What can you tell about the race, the organization, the volunteers, the route?

Luca: The race was absolutely fantastic! There was never a dull moment throughout the race. I felt that the first part of the race was technical and (at times) slippery. Instead, the second half went by really fast. The landscape was beautiful; wrapped in green among hills and vineyards. The last 20 km stretch was breathtaking with a long climb to Mount Nanos that opened up to incredible views. Throughout the entire race I encountered many kind and supportive volunteers, who filled me with extra energy. For the duration of the event, the organization was great with hundreds of supporters who were all celebrating the arrival of all the athletes.

The route of UTVV160 is around the whole Vipava Valley. What was your favorite part – or memory of the race?

Luca: Certainly one of my favorite memories was the last climb towards Monte Nanos and the following descent. I could see the entire Vipava Valley and the surrounding mountains. During this part of the race, the volunteers were great and had an unforgettable cheer about them.

Are you used to running in difficult conditions? How did you distribute your power during the run?
Luca: I did not have a strategy on how to distribute my energy throughout the race. During the race, I tried to remain concentrated. I did this from the start to the end, without pushing myself over the edge. I focused more on what I drank and ate in order to remain balanced and to replace energy that was burnt off during the race.

Do you recommend the UTVV also to other runners? Maybe as good training for some other difficult races?
Luca: I would highly recommend this race and I did so when I arrived home, in Italy. Having the race held in May was perfect as it provided a fun way to train for upcoming races that are usually held in summer. The mild temperature, altitude, continuous ups-and-downs are perfect for adapt training.

What is the key to success in the trail and ultra trail running?

Luca: Running and trail running are highly subjective sports. There are no set rules that fit every individual. I can say that consistent training, programming, working on your own technique, and a correct diet are all very important factors. It is not only essential to train your body but also your mentality; which has a huge influence on this particular endurance sport.

Are you focused on winning during your race? Or do you simply run in the moment?
Luca: I love every single moment of my races, especially if they take place in areas that are new and foreign to me. A part of me has the competitive side where I am determined to obtain desired results. However, even on my worst days I try to remain motivated and determined without getting too upset or judgemental by my performance. For that, there's time to analyze performance after you've crossed the finish line.

Do you do many races each year – how do you regenerate in a short time?

Luca: To recover in a short time, I generally train by road bike or mountain bike which are short training sessions, useful for loosening any tension I may have in my muscles. I like going for long hikes and I try to eat a bit healthier and larger quantity. I also pay attention to how many hours of sleep I get at night.

What other races will you attend this year? Do you have some big dream race?

Follow us as we prepare a surprise - a VIP runner with winning posts -most likes, comments, will be rewarded!st part of the race was technical and (at times) slippery. Instead, the second half went by really fast. The landscape was beautiful; wrapped in green among hills and vineyards. The last 20 km stretch was breathtaking with a long climb to Mount Nanos that opened up to incredible views. Throughout the entire race, I encountered many kind and supportive volunteers, who filled me with extra energy. For the duration of the event, the organization was great with hundreds of supporters who were all celebrating the arrival of all the athletes.


IVI HRASTOVEC

Ivi Hrastovec

Ivi Hrastovec

the winner and recorder of 100 miles in 2019! He lives every moment, whatever he does. He is always focused, attentive, present, even when I do the simplest everyday tasks, and it is this simplicity that makes him great

Ivi has 804 ITRA points, he'll say more himself:
What can you say about the race, the organization, the track and the volunteers?
The game is well organized. The route is varied and difficult. The volunteers are friendly and helpful, and it was interesting to see how each cafeteria has its "party", some more, some less, some literally. Rich prizes for the winners and a divine atmosphere at the finish.

Which part of the course is your favorite or perhaps the most difficult?
My favorite is the much hillier part of the beginning. I also remembered that in between, when it was daytime, just before 100 km, the path meandered along such a pleasant forest path. The hardest part is usually the last part of the track, especially in the 100 mile race, where it means the Nanos Plateau.

What is your key to success in trail running?
The key to success in trail running and elsewhere is the love of what you do; that you are an "architect" ... simply put, to enjoy what you create.

What motivates you in trail running?
Because you can always see and live what you create, you perfect yourself, you learn from the challenges and when the simple movement in nature is so pleasant that you do it ... and there are so many of these paths in the world that it can always be a different adventure.

Are you very competitive and always anxious to win during the race?
I really like competing. Why not, but if I've built something over the years, I can do it. Hundred-mile races can or must concentrate on a lot. Of course I always concentrate on winning, but only to a certain extent. One hundred miles also need to be concentrated so that you are careful throughout the ride to see the finish line at all.

What tactics do you follow during the game?
In races over 100 km and longer, it is usually my best tactic to indulge my rhythm without looking at the competitors. I start off quietly, but then I give in. The legs have adapted to the preparations and know the rhythm exactly. In my experience, in races over 50 to 70 km it is best to win the strongest competition, because later there may not be any time left.

What is your weekly training?
The weekly training depends on what I am preparing for, and I also increase and shape my weekly intervals accordingly. The body must be adapted as far as possible to what awaits it in the race. The more you adjust it, the easier it will fly.

How many games do you choose each year? How do you regenerate in between?
Up to now I haven't had an exact figure on how many races I'll have to attend during the year. It is not good that there are too many of them or that they are too frequent, as the body is not able to regenerate sufficiently and it also takes some time to prepare for another race. On the other hand, it is not good that there are not enough participants, because this feeling is lost a little after the race, after the competition. Being together with the hiking family is also an advantage if the presence is just enough.

What games do you have in mind for this year?
I have no firm plans for next year. Preference is given to races I have never run before or to which I have been invited. If I have not yet run a race to which I am invited, the probability that I will take part is even greater.

What are your ambitions for UTVV2020?
I have no ambitions for UTVV2020, but if the circumstances were right, it would be a challenge to run another hundred miles. Especially because this race was not exactly a success for me. At that time I oriented myself a little bit from the DUT, where I ran 19h30m. A route of equal distance and height, otherwise known for impassable, particularly rocky terrain. I had somehow thought that UTVV would run under 19 hours. UTVV also has a lot of rocky terrain, I haven't even thought about what it means to overcome 1000 m after about 140 km. I started UTVV2019 quite carefully, slowly and calmly, started to cross the leading three after the 40th km and took the lead just before the 60th km. I felt too light and quite warm. She flew and so I wanted to use the moments, especially the flat part of the track, where there were no climbs for about 40 km. On the other hand, I completely forgot to remember that after those 60 km when he started flying, I still had 100 km to go to my destination ... After about 120-130 km I had already started pretty well. Nevertheless, I tried hard again and again until I almost felt sick when I climbed up the Nanos just below the summit. Besides Oscar and Jelena, who even accompanied me during refreshments, there was a whole cheerleader team. Massages, drinks and above all with good encouragement brought me back into a state of agitation, because although I led with great advantage, I had doubts that I would resign, I was so sucked ... Then I walked like a penguin for the last 13 km. I was so devastated that I forgot or did not realize that I actually won, and even more was the surprise in the goal, the incredible atmosphere ... like I'm coming straight from hell to heaven. (But at least 2 hours behind schedule)

Do you also do other sports? What does that mean to you?
Street training, weight training. It means supplementing the body and keeping it in balance. The legs of the path need to be cared for, as the diversity of the terrain ensures this. Everything else comes with combinations of several exercises. However, I have a really interesting combination of running and movement, namely the Spartan duck. Years ago I had already tested some of these different obstacles, but they did not get me to participate enough, because they were too short for my taste, and all this up to a distance of about 20 km. Recently, however, I realized that there are also 50km falls and also 24 hours. So something worth paying for... maybe 20 km to start, to see how it looks in practice. I would like to climb too, but at the moment it is not so important.

Do you have any advice or maybe some of your thoughts that I would like to share with the runners?
You can move the mountain by moving the pebbles, and this can simply be most effective because this divine quality comes from simplicity.


TONI LEKŠE

ToniLekše

Toni Lekše is a legend of Slovenian trail running, as he has been enthusiastic about running in nature for thirty years and is greatly motivated to push himself and also others to the challenge.

»For me, running has certainly been a way of life for over twenty years. Thirty years ago, when running and marathons were not so popular, I ran a 10-kilometer lap around my hometown to relax after a long, physically demanding work. People saw me as a fool, but over the years as my ways became longer, many "safe" people changed their habits and began to follow my way ... Over the years I also varied in length and height. Suddenly the road marathons did not refine me anymore and I found the real joy in "trails". Mountains, ascents in summer and ski descents in winter became the activities I enjoyed, help me relax and recharge my batteries.

I have more than 200 races over 42 miles, including 70 ultra-running races. When I enter the start area, I concentrate on the upcoming race. Over the years, I have realized that I am only competing with myself, that we all have the same goal on a 100 or 300-kilometer track, that we sometimes have fun and that we often overcome unhuman efforts. After the finish line with of over 300,000 steps behind us in heat, rain, higher mountains and snow, we swear to throw our running shoes away, but when we lick our wounds, heal our body and calm our mind, we hardly wait for new trials. Longer ones, with more "ups", with more patience and empathy for our team colleagues.

For a long time races in our neighborhood were the concept of good organization and the complete service that a competitor needs. In recent years, the Vipava Valley race is an example of a great organization, the warmth of the organizers and volunteers on the track. From the start to the finish, an exceptional atmosphere along the route, the optimism of the volunteers during refreshments and the attention on arrival to the finish line. There you experience the reception of the one and only real winner – what at that moment you truly are. Basically you have - once again - defeated the worst saboteur - yourself and your weak will. «


PETER MACUH

PeterMacuh

Ultra Trailrunner Peter Macuh a happy man with a big heart who you just like!

What can you say about the race, the organization, the track and the volunteers?
UTVV for me is a race of souls. It's the organization. The route is extremely attractive. Many sections are technically demanding. But a 100-mile race is a challenge. The volunteers are wonderful. They are actually raising the race to a higher level with positive energy that they are sowing among their competitors.

Which part of the course is your favorite or perhaps the most difficult?
The most difficult part are the hills in front of Trstelj. They have a great time there on the track. Then a little up, a little down. They're not going out. The route is however very interesting and varied. The biggest part of the route is quite interesting. Perhaps the new conclusion is a little unpleasant. Especially if you hit the target in the middle of the night and in the rain.
The conclusion is also clear.

What is your key to success in trail running?
I love Trail. I feel alive on them. I'm really glad that I can cover 100 miles if you drive through day and night and more than thirty hours go by. I know it'll be over one day. By then, however, the motivation will not be so exhausted.

What motivates you in trail running?
In trail running the movement in nature motivates me to confront myself. Overcoming yourself, shifting your own boundaries. Society. Trawling involves interesting people. He even tracked his own room. The next time you come, you will not retreat from this tribe of evil.

Are you very competitive and always anxious to win during the race?
For me, competition in trawling lies deep in the background. I'm definitely doing my best. And I like to outrun any running buddy if I can. But after the race only a handshake and a hug are valid.

What tactics do you follow during the race?
In my thoughts I want to reach my goal. I keep saying I need to start off calmly. Then I have the feeling that we're all moving too fast. One more, the other less. I set up tactics up to date according to the feeling and configuration of the line.

What is your weekly training?
I am now in the process of rehabilitating myself after the operation. I go to the gym twice a week. With running friends we process k-rožnik once a week and once Tošč and Grmado. There's a race after the weekend. At the moment I realize that you have to increase your mileage significantly.

How many races do you choose each year? How do you regenerate in between?
I take part in quite a few races a year. Last year I had 100 miles of long distance races from Istria, UTVV 100 miles, 147 km TDS, 103 km UPT, 100 km K24, 60 km Valamar, 60 km Kranjska gora, 42 km further LM and many shorter races. When I was very young, I had a brutally good regeneration. So in 1982 I ran on Saturday afternoon at 2:53 the Radenci Marathon next morning, but pretty solid with a good 8 km Muti. The rehabilitation is still in order, but unfortunately even the closeness is not so exceptional anymore.

What races do you have in mind for next year?
The calendar will be approximately the same as last year. I will not go to the UTMB festival this year, but I will run 80 km in Cortina. For the last part of the season I haven't decided where I'm going yet.

What are your ambitions for UTVV2020?
Get around and enjoy faster than last year. I was so sleepy on parts of the track last year that I had the feeling she was going to pick me up. I want to do better this year.

Do you also do other sports? What does that mean to you?
Recently I have been working regularly as a fitness trainer, which is a nice addition. I loved mountain biking. In winter I try to do cross-country skiing and at least some skiing.

What is your inspiration in life?
The nearest one. It gives you joy to live. And the desire to be an inspiration in itself. Irene and I are together a lot. The older son Marko is a successful physiotherapist. I have the good fortune and privilege of processing so much. The younger son, Matjaz, is a nutritionist and personal trainer. We take him twice a week to train with Irene.
You could say that we have everything in the family.

Do you have any advice or maybe some of your thoughts that I would like to share with the runners?
The hiking trail is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature. We can explore our limits, we face ourselves. However, it is advisable to connect with loved ones. I am fortunate that over the years it has been like that, just as wife Irena loved the activity. The path is a way of life that should be related to other aspects of life.


PHILIPPE GENEVAUX

pHILLIPE uKULELE

We are honored that Philippe Genevaux will run with us. We met him on Swiss Peaks Trail-singing and playing on his ukulele all 360 km! Impressible!

»I'm a 30 years old French guy. The first time I discovered Trail Running was 10 years ago when I lived in Paris. I trained some years before I participated in the Grand Raid de la Réunion in 2014 and the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc - UTMBin 2015. In 2016, I moved to Montpellier (south of France) and during a Trail race, I tried to take a ukulele to play and sing just for fun. People were so pleased to hear me that I continued to do this. Now I have learned more than fifty songs to spread joy during competitions and to meet a lot of wonderful people. Furthermore, it also helps my mind to overcome difficult situations for example in the MDS 2017, Euforia Del Cims 2017, Festa Trail 2018 and Swiss Peaks Trail 2019. I'm really proud and happy to participate in UTVV, I've never been to Slovenia and I think this is the perfect way to discover this country. See you soon! «

»Do you have suggestion for my Slovenian song - to motivate runners and to inspire the volunteers?«


JASON PECORARO

Jason Pecoraro

We are proud to have Jason Pecoraro:
» I am from the Southern California mountains, I am a Taurus, I really enjoy entering long races on trails that I have no business attending, I like throwing up on the side of the trails... In front of the sweepers.....haha but for real, I just like being outside. I enjoy traveling and making an eclectic group of friends. I am approachable, down to earth and fun-loving. I always have time for people taking pictures of me or with me. I like to run in sandals and set myself apart from the crowd with my attire.«


VANE KRALJ

Vane Kralj

Vane Kralj is the runner who has chosen the longest distance for all UTVV performances. His motivations are tiny and small things that make us happier than we think. Therefore he takes the courageous step into each new day and at the same time enjoys giving his human value, praise, embrace and the word "I LOVE YOU". It is not money but words that work wonders.

But let's tell him more:
What can you say about the race, the organization, the track and the volunteers?
They say you never forget your first love. The same goes for "my Vipava". Here I fell in love with the Ultra, which has become my way of getting in touch with nature and my team mates. It was this contact between runners, organizers and volunteers that outweighed the technique of trail running. This attitude, the sparkle in the eyes of the volunteers and the realization that I am not just a number in the race has deepened my love. I can't live without her today. For me, it's more than just love, it's a drug. I became a walking addict.

Which part of the course is your favorite or perhaps the most difficult?
My favorite part is the Rob route. The view of this Vipava Valley in all its glory impressed me. It's best at night. For me the ascent before Štjak is the most difficult part. This short part kills me again and again, both mentally and physically.

What is your key to success in trail running?
The love of running and nature mixes with stubbornness.

What motivates you in trail running?
New adventures and finding your limits.

Are you very competitive and always anxious to win during the race?
I am competitive. I compete with myself. I always set myself a time target that I try to stick to. However, everyone who has cost the journey knows that there are unpredictable things along the way that need to be addressed at this moment. Stubbornness always comes to my rescue here. At the beginning it is hard to bear and a burden for me, but later it always comes to my aid and leads me across the finish line.

What tactics do you follow during the game?
I walk, I walk with feeling. I never cross my threshold. I enjoy it!

What is your weekly training?
This could be discussed. I run about 4 times a week for 15 km. Other days are reserved for other sports.

How many games do you choose each year? How do you regenerate in between?
I earn two to three months a year. Usually one, if not two marathons and another shorter run. Regeneration is my main concern. After the Ultra I stand in silence for two days, then it starts to tingle.

What games do you have in mind for this year?
hiking trail (Istria, Vipava, Podbrdo), Ljubljana Marathon. The rest is random.

What are your ambitions for UTVV2020?
Like every year. Fight with yourself to the end.

Do you also do other sports? What does that mean to you?
Of course. I would wish for a lot, and I do some of it. Unfortunately, the day has only a limited number of hours. I love the hills and everything to do with it. I like to ski, ride my bike, play basketball and dance. The latter is in my opinion the worst. I'm sort of packing it all in. It creates a blend that I love. And this is the trail.

What is your inspiration in life?
Life is a journey. To try to turn the direction of travel in your favor and do the things I want and want to do.


BENJAMIN KODELE

Benđo

Introducing Benjamin Kodele (Benjo Plezalec) as a native from Vipava Valley. Benjamin is the only runner to complete 100 km of all Ultra Trail Vipava Valley - Slovenia edition. He is a recreational mountain runner and running in nature gives him the best challenge. He tries to enjoy the race as much as possible because all that matters to him is crossing the finish line.


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