LOC Director

Dear runners, companions, friends of mountain running and our indispensable co creators!

Dušan Papež, events director

The unique mountain of Velika planina and the ancient town of Kamnik with the amazing scenery of Kamnik – Savinja Alps offers an extraordinary arena for the 16th European championship in mountain running.

Organization of this demanding sports event, which is ranged as one of the most important athletics events in Slovenia, was entrusted to the Papež Mountain runners club. This club has proved itself on numerous occasions as an experienced organizer, successfully organising the World championship in 2010, seven times they have hosted the mountain running world cup races – the extreme race to Grintovec, as well as numerous local running events.

As director of the event, I am extremely proud of the trust and acknowledgement that we have received from the European athletics association. Organization of the European championship demands serious and professional approach. In terms of logistics, organization and technical issues we intend to repeat and even surpass the successful organization of the World championship.

The course of the race at the unique mountain of Velika planina and the city of Kamnik, where all the protocol events will take place, are known in the world of mountain running as one of the most beautiful and picturesque arenas with superb organisation as well. As genuine admirer and great fan of Velika planina, I promise that despite numerous runners, fans and visitors, the integrity and the primal beauty of the mountain will be preserved.

I honestly believe that together with numerous volunteers and supporters, that have agreed to cooperate and support us with all their enthusiasm, responsibility, expertise and dedication, we will be able to create an event that will echo around the world. I am aware that only with support of such dedicated and spirited team one can organize such a great event.

Warmly invited into the arms of mountains and sport:

Welcome to the 16th European championship in mountain running to Velika planina, which will be held from 7th to 9th of July 2017!

Dušan Papež,
events director