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.
TREX is a member of the International Trail Running Association since 2014. All our trail running events are organized by the rules and standards set by ITRA, accordingly all races are evaluated and classified. The ethical chapter is our "bible" in trail running and we are hopeful that the values below will be shared not only during races but in your everyday life.
ITRA values are based on the fundamental values of trail running. These values, shared by ITRA and all those involved in trail running, where authenticity and fair play are central, are all benchmarks that express our vision of trail running and guide our actions on a daily basis.
The 1st Assises Internationales du Trail laid the foundation of a demanding and respectful sports discipline. This meeting led to the drafting of the Trail Running Ethics Charter, a core set of principles with strong human values:
Authenticity Authenticity is the first value of trail running. The sport has as a core tenet a sense of harmony between man and nature. It promotes sports relationships based on simplicity, conviviality, sharing and a fundamental respect for differences. The trail running community values authenticity as highly as physical performance.
Humility In trail running, humility in the face of nature is another core tenet. Together, Listening and learning provide a deeper, fuller understanding of the principles that govern the natural world and our fundamental understanding of a demanding sport in a wild, rugged setting. Humility rests on an understanding of our personal limits, and not jeopardizing our physical or mental abilities.
Fair play Fair play refers to the acceptance of rules and the spirit behind the rules, as well. It suggests that each participant should embody the values of trail running: namely, mutual aid towards the other runners, and the respect of all the players involved in the races.
Equality Equality is the search for balance, based on a sense of impartiality and equal opportunities for all runners. All athletes have the same rights and the same duties: it is the responsibility of the organizers to guarantee this principle of fairness and to offer the best possible race conditions to all participants.
Respect The principle of respect applies to oneself, to others, and to the environment. Respecting others means adopting a sense of awareness that respects other trail runners, the local population, its culture, customs and traditions. To respect oneself is to take care of one's health, to refuse all doping products and to be attentive to the dangers of excessive self-medication. Respecting the environment means preserving the fragile natural environment in which we run, and minimizing our environmental impact.
Community In the natural environment, community is a necessity for survival. It involves helping one another to make progress together. Thus, each participant in a trail race is required to come to the aid of anyone in danger or experiencing difficulty. Beyond this aspect of community, many athletes are committed to environmental, social or other worthy goals, and run to promote these objectives. In doing so, they express their responsibility towards humanity and the environment in which they run.