GORALMAN – 25.5.2019

After a few rainy days, the sun finaly showed up over Oravská Polhora and Babia hora showed herself in full beauty. For the fourth time, athletes met at Slaná voda to face the Goralman course. Due to the long and cold winter the water temperature in the Orava dam was critical and the announced cancellation of swimming became a reality. But that wasn´t the only unknown that worried us, the organizers. The big question was the running course. Finally, after many phone calls, emails and a few days of stress, athletes could enjoy the beauty of Orava from the top of Babia hora. It was already when the organizers and also athletes knew that it was going to be organized for the last time. Goralman, as we used to know it, bacame history Due to the administrative difficulty of obtaining permits and respecting the regulations and restrictions of natural reserve, we concluded that it would be better and far more viable to change the character and location of the race. Since next year, Goralman will turn into a cross triathlon, not being held in a protected area and thus not even leading to the Babia hora. In the following months we will be working hard on finding a suitable route, but we know that Oravská priehrada, Oravská Polhora and Slaná voda will definitely be part of the race.
From our side we would like to thank all competitors and organizers for their support and support in previous years and we believe that we will not disappoint you. Special thanks go to the mayor of Oravská Polhora and the owner of the cottage Slaná voda.

We thank you

Goralman is a half distance triathlon situated near the northernmost village of Slovakia – Oravská Polhora. Athletes will face 2 km of swim in dam Oravská priehrada, 83 km of road cycling with 800 m of elevation and 21 km of trail run with 1200 m of elevation. It is the first event of the Oravaman Tour trilogy, which consists of three unique triathlons: Goralman, Oravaman and JÁNOŠÍK Slovak Xtreme Triathlon.

 

Presentation

The race center is the chata Slaná voda, 2 km from the village Oravská Polhora. Upon registration, competitors will receive a starter pack and two plastic bags with stickers of swimmer and runner. Athletes must bring the swim bag to start. After swim, they will put their neoprene, cap and glasses, or other things to the bag. Organizers are not responsible for the things outside the bag. Athletes will find their swim bags at the finish after the race.
In the bag with the runner sticker athletes will put their running shoes and mandatory equipment for the running part (backpack with 0.5 liter of drinks, ID card, insurance card, wind-proof jacket, headband or buff). Running bags are handed out on Friday until 6:00 p.m. At race briefing at 7:00 p.m., the race course and rules will be expained. It will be also explained how to properly use the GPS tracker during the race as well as its location. Basic rules applicable to the long distance triathlon will be also repeated.

 

 

Swim

The start of the race is situated in town Námestovo, close to the bridge. We kindly ask athletes and spectators to park in the upper parking or parking lot before the supermarket Terno. The athletes will get to the start individually (15 km by car or bike from Slaná Voda).
Every athlete brings with him a bag with a swimmer’s sticker, in which he inserts his neoprene, swimming cap and glasses, or other things after the swim. Organizers are not responsible for things outside the bag. Athletes will find their swim bag at finish at Slaná voda after the race.

 

Cycling

Athletes ride in full traffic. Riding in a package – drafting is prohibited. They compete in fair-play style and take maximum safety and caution. Racers can use the refreshment station in the village of Zubrohlava at 50 km of cycling. A detailed interpretation of the course will be explained on Friday at 7:00 p.m.. Bike course will be marked with narrows on the road. Mobile phone must be carried in pocket or attached to bike.

 

Run

Running part takes place in national park, so any pollution on the track is strictly forbidden. The course leads from Slana voda to Malá Babia and to Babia Hora (1725 m.a.s.l.). From the top athlets return the same way down to Slaná voda (FINISH). During the run, care must be taken as the tracks are very rugged with lots of rocks and roots. In the event of adverse weather, the organizer has the right to change the course. Mobile phone is mandatory during the whole run and it must be placed in waterproof cover.

 

Goralman Schedule 2019

Friday, May 24
(Race center – cottage Slaná Voda, Oravská Polhora)

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Registration
2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Handout of running clothes and mandatory equipment for T2 
 (shoes, clothes, 0,5 l drink, ID card, insurrence card, windproof jacket, headband or buff),
mobile phone on bike and run.
7:00 p.m. Opening, briefing, instructions

Saturday, May 25
(Námestovo – Oravská Polhora – Slaná Voda)

Athletes will get to the start (T1) at Námestove on their own (15 km by car or bike)

7:00 a.m. Transition 1 is open (Námestovo)
7:50 a.m. T1 is closed
8:00 a.m. START (individuals and relays together)
8:30 a.m. First ahtlete out of water
10:50 a.m. First athlete arrives at T2 at Slaná Voda
12:00 a.m. STOP TIME Slaná Voda (T2)
1:40 p.m. STOP TIME Malá Babia Hora (8 km)
1:45 p.m. Expected arrival of the winer
2:00 – 5:30 p.m. Lunch and refreshment – Slaná Voda
5:00 p.m. Expected arrival of last athlete
6:00 p.m. Winner ceremony