Skraping Pasman Reviews
Skraping - the international trekking race on Pasman island Mar 03, 2012
For the 7th time now, the amazing trekking race Škraping is taking place. The word "Škraping" is not to be confused with the English word "scraping", it's got nothing to do with it. "Škraping" is derived from the word "škrapa" which is the Dalmatian word for the specifically shaped, sharp rocks along Croatia's coast. The race is described as "running and race walking across sharp and steep coastal rocks." It has become very popular, and this year about 700 people participated, both from Croatia and overseas.
We took the 8 a.m. ferry from Biograd to Tkon, and arrived there after a 15-minute-drive. We, a dozen girls with a lot of kilometres and high altitudes in our feet gained on mountains and islands. One thing's important when joining this race: good shape.
There are 3 different categories: DJIR (which is the Dalmatian word for "stroll"), about 8 km long, LIGHT, a 20 km track and ULTRA, a 40 km track. These categories are again divided into Men's and Women's. The route takes you all across the island, through narrow passages, scrubs, evading gullies, and crossing sharp rocks right above the water. And you have to find the way yourself. Every participant gets a map with the designated marks, you have to have a compass and good sense of orientation. Although, when there are 700 people out there trying to find the same way as you, it's not that difficult. Though one might think there's a lot of competition since this is a race, that doesn't seem to be the case. Everyone is friendly and helpful, and all we want is to have fun, enjoy the nature and hopefully finish the race. Security is top notch, there's the Mountain Rescue Team and the Emergensea Sea Rescue team, as well as provided medical care. Same goes for the organization, there are t-shirts, dinner and an after-party with live music. The winners get great prizes, and we all get a certificate.
This year we were blessed with great weather. It was very warm and sunny, with the Bura blowing which gave the needed dose of refreshment. The atmosphere was fantastic! We started out in a large group, but scattered along the way. Some people were actually running! You could tell the difference between the professional sportsmen and us recreationals. Some finished the 20 km in 3 hours, the majority needed 5 hours, and me, well, I needed 7,5 hours. No breaks! I am very proud :)
The fantastic atmosphere didn't cease after we sat down for dinner. We were exhausted, but so happy. We made it! Nobody was considering going home and rest, no, we stayed late and danced the night away!
Škraping is absolutely worth the sweat!
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