ORGANIZERS : Like2run and Friends
WHY GUDENÅ TRAIL CHALLENGE? : Few years ago a simular race existed for a couple of seasons. Lack of participants closed the race before I (of several reasons) completed it myself. The race stayed in my memory and I thought : why not revive this amazing idea? An as nobody else did it I only had one option : do it myself!
It is a Trail that will challenge You both on length and surface
The course is roughly 70-75 km (depends of Your choice of route) and follow the old Træk-/Pramdragersti from Silkeborg to Randers.
It is a competition with prices to the Top-3 and great emphasis on nature experience and we hope participants will socialic before and after the race.
The race takes place in Nature and Nature's premises!! - so there is a risc that the path is flooded and You are forced to make a choice between the short wet path or run a second path on a drier surface - the choice is yours!
As the race is still in development phase small changes may be implemented.
The actual state of the course may be seen on the photos through the menu on the left. These photos show the actual state of the path and they shall not be regarded as definitive doc. of the path on raceday.
|Along Gudenåen runs the old Barge-Dragons' Path - which is a hiking trail. The Trail is a total of 80 km long and runs from Silkeborg to Randers.
The trail largely follows the path that Barge-dragons and horses used in the old days to pull barges with cargo from the port of Randers to Silkeborg. The path goes through the varied landscape of forests and fields with grazing animals.
Barge transportation on Gudenåen Barge transportation on Gudenåen started probably already in the 1400s, but it had its heyday in the latter half of the 1800s, where up to 200 barges carrying goods between Silkeborg and Randers. The barges or "kågene", as they were called, were loaded with up to 25 tons of paper, bricks, peat, lime, rope or similar.
Barge-Dragons pulled barges with liner over his shoulder. From Randers they walked along the banks upstream to Bjerringbro. It took the horses work due to the strong current. Barge transportation along the Gudenå calmed down when the railway came to Silkeborg in 1871. Barge transportation, however, continued until around 1920, when the new electric power plant in Tange, was too great an obstacle with its damming of the river. Today it is especially tourism purposes with canoes, creating traffic on the river.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 20 February 2013 10:24)
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