Dear trail runners, In times like these we are living now, we were hoping that the situation with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will turn for the better. However, even though we are still full of hope that each new day will present less danger to the health of the people, we must be rational.
The start of Vodno-Matka Trail Marathon is approaching, and the organisation of the race is already in the final stage, the t-shirts are being printed, medals being made, food ordered, volunteers coordinated.
However, we are aware that this situation is completely out of our control and we must follow the directive from our Government and the Health authorities.
Therefore, for the benefit of the health of all participants, volunteers, supporters and the public in general, we inform you that Vodno-Matka Trail Marathon is postponed!!
The new race date is 19.07.2020!!
We kindly ask you to understand and respect our decision given the current conditions. So, the new registration deadline is moved to 14.07.2020, and those who already payed and are not able to come during the summer and run can be refunded with 50% of the starting fee. Please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will return 50% of the sum you payed.
For the others that will participiate, taking into considerations that Skopje is very hot during July, we have decided to make Vodno-Matka 2020 a night race! Yes, you read correctly, we will run during the night – in a pitch dark moonless sky: Vodno-Matka Trail Marathon 42k – start – 19.07.2020 at 00:01 am (Sunday) Vodno-Matka Trail 28k – start – 19.07.2020 at 04:00 am (Sunday)
Everything else remains the same! If you have any questions please write us in comments bellow, or private message or via email. Happy trails, Vodno-Matka organizing team, TREX.
The registration fee guaranties starter's pack and the race participation. Vodno-Matka Trails is organized in accordance with highest standards and criteria, and runners' results are verified by ITRA.
This means that race routes are cleaned out of vegetation and marked at every 30 meters; at each 5-10 km there is a properly equipped aid station; mountain rescue teams and medical first respondents are covering all the race routes.
Registration can be done exclusively through vodnomatka.mkweb service. The registration period ends on 14.07.2020* - one day before start of the races or until the participants limit is reached (450 total)!
*The third and final deadline lasts from 16.03.2020 to 25.03.2020 by same prices as regular period but without race t-shirt and name on the start bib number.
Registration fee by regular prices and race t-shirt included. Opened from 01.01.2020 till 15.03.2020!
Elite athletes can register without paying starting fee on the basis of the ITRA Index of performance. Athletes with an ITRA Index 700+ (men) and 550+ (women) must register and then notify the organizer by an email at email@example.com by 15 March 2020 at the latest.
Registration and payment process
FIRST OF ALL, REGISTER FOR ONE OF THE RACES
The registration takes place only online on the website www.vodnomatka.mk by filling the online registration form for one of the races, after that an automatically generated confirmation email will be sent to the e-mail address that is declared in your registration.
The registration will be considered as complete after a successful payment of the race fee, after that, again, an automatically generated confirmation email will be sent to the e-mail address that is declared in your registration; at the same time a unique start number is assigned to your name.
ONLINE PAYMENT WITH CREDIT/DEBIT CARD
VODNO-MATKA TRAILS WEB SERVICE – www.vodnomatka.mk Online payment is made through the secure “3D Pay” system of Halk Bank AD Skopje. Note: An additional commission of 4% is charged for bank fees and maintenance costs.
Entity name: TREKS Address: Ibe Palikukja 17, 1000 Skopje Account number id: 270069272700140 Bank: HALK BANKA AD SKOPJE Remittance description: VODNO-MATKA TRAILS.
Note: An additional bank commission may be charged.
Frequently asked questions
I have made several unsuccessful attempts to register/pay online. What shall I do?
This can mean one of the following matters: you insert wrong data, your credit/debit card is expired, you have insufficient amount in your account. Also, sometimes it is possible for your bank to automatically block transactions made to other (foreign) banks. Exceptionally rare is the web service to be updated or unavailable at that time so please try again in few hours time. Otherwise, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got injured and I will not be able to participate in the race! Will you refund me the registration fee?
In the case of non chronic osteo-articular or muscular damage acquired after the registration, and not completely curable before the race start, and solely in this situation provided with adequate medical document, the organizer will transfer the funds for the next edition of Vodno-Matka Trail Marathon. Also, you can give your bib number to another runner but he/she must be registered (not payed) latest by 15.03.2020.
I couldn't understand clearly the registration deadlines?
The first so called Early bird registration deadline begins on 01.11.2019 and lasts until 31.12.2019. The fee contains discount and race t-shirt gift. The second - Regular fee deadline lasts from 01.01.2020 until 15.03.2020 with regularly priced fee and race t-shirt gift. The third and final deadline is from 16.03.2020 till 25.03.2020 with the same fee as in regular period but without race t-shirt gift and nameless starting bib number. At race day (28.03.2020) registration and payment is not allowed.
I am not able to come and collect my starter pack in the given periods. Can I take it on race day right before the start?
There will NOT be allowed start pack collection on race day (Saturday 28.03.2020)! If you are not able to pick your starter pack up in the noted period, another person can collect it by showing the race registration confirmation email that was sent to your email address and his/her ID/Passport.
I have registered and payed for one of the races but in the meantime I've changed my mind - may I swap to the other race?
If you are registered and had paid the fee and decide to change races, you must send the request by email to email@example.com by 15.03.2020, at latest, specifying the race they are registered for and the one they would like to enter. Going for a shorter distance does not trigger any financial compensation. On the other hand, going for a longer distance implies the payment of the difference between the fee paid and the current fee for the new race (early bird prices are calculated as well).
Will I receive a monetary prize if i win one of the races?
The awards are at the discretion of the sponsor and the organization and according to the rules of the ITRA. Non-monetary prizes shall be awarded to the first 3 men and the first 3 women of each race. Each athlete who completes the race within the maximum time limit will be given a Finisher medal. Prizes will be awarded on Saturday 28 March at 16:00 p.m. at the finish line.