THROUGH THE RIDGE OF THE MÁTRA
The Mátrabérc Endurance Tour has been organized by the Kolos Hanák Hiker Association since 1987.The track of the tour, which goes through the whole mountain from east to west, follows the main ridge of the Mátra.
99 % of the trace is trail,four fifth of it is usually one-track ridge, with amazing diversified view. One of the major characteristics of the whole distance is the various altitude, which is relatively big in comparison with other trails in Hungary. Thanks to these features Mátrabérc became one of the most frequented and prestigious endurance tours of Hungary during the past few decades.
At the same time with the Mátrabérc Endurance Tour two other tours have been organised. One of them is the Kolos Hanák Endurance Tour between Kékes and Szurdokpüspöki since 1991. The other one is the Muzsla Endurance Tour between Galyatető and Szurdokpüspöki since 2005.
More and more people took part in the Endurance Tour-at a run-in contest with each other or themselves for the better results. The fastest runners were usually the best trail runners of Hungary, which meant serious prestige for the winners. During the past few years the number of trail runners was getting higher and higher in Hungary. That’s why it was claimed to have “real challenging” contests. Most of them regarded the races in the Alps-especially the French and Italian ones- exemplary.
For a long time they haven’t had a chance to fulfil the distance among race conditions although, it was one of the trails in Hungary which had the best features. In order to satisfy this demand-on the trace of the Endurance Tour-the Mátrabérc Trail Running race was born in 2010, where everybody can try out his abilities by running through the highest mountain of the country. The fame of the race soon crossed the country’s borders, which is proved by the increasing number of the international field year by year.
The popularity of trail running has been rising in Hungary for years, which means more and more new “faces” who would like to be measured and contest at races. Lots of them have been dreaming about running on the peaks of the Mátra but physically they haven’t been ready for that yet. That’s why Muzsla Trail has been established for them. This race has similar difficulty level as Mátrabérc trail but the distance is shorter. We would like to give a chance to the participants of the Muzsla trail to experience the atmosphere of the Mátrabérc Trail and race together through Muzsla –which is considered to be the toughest stage of the race-with the contestants of the Mátrabérc Trail.