We are happy to welcome an elite runner, Marián Priadka, from the Slovak Ultra Trail Team to the 170 km UTMR! Here’s what he has to say …..
I started with running as a training and alternative activity for MTB, which brought me to back sports after several years break. After my beginnings (doing some urban short distance running in our neighbourhood) I started to run in the forests with a community of local runners from Trnava.
Everybody was talking about Trnavská stovka (popular long distance march in Small Carpathians). I wanted to run one hundred km too, that was in 2015. But after 50 km I had to start walking. I did it in 15 hours, but whole week after I was completely destroyed. That was the impulse for doing the training more seriously and with more intensity. But still it is running for fun, because I like it and together with MTB and yoga it is the activity I spend most time on.
Running changed my life, my lifestyle. When I started to run longer distances in the nature, I changed my mind, changed everything. New people came into my life.
My first real trail race came in 2016, a local run in Small Carpathians close to Bratislava. I finished in top 10 and had lot of fun there. Right after this I started to find out, what other races are available – I didn’t know anything about.
When I returned to Trnavská stovka, everything was different – I did complete the course in 10:20. After one week I met my friend, who has invited me for a ultra race in Slovenia. But that was much harder one, with 7000 m ascent. I ran together with Martin Halász, full throttle. That was an amazing experience and total punk… I pushed to my limit, finally it was 3rd place there. Strong motivation for me.
But the main motivation for me is, that I am exploring the landscape, mountains. It is always like a journey for me, with meeting people and talking to them. Ultra races are all around the world, so I can visit different places. Thanks to ultra running I can see much more beautiful places in a little time.
Last year I saw the UTMR race video, also I got some information during a trail running camp from a friend, who was interested in it. Those mountains and the possibility to run there, it was so attractive. I like challenges and I would like to run at least one 100-mile mountain race during the year. UTMR is my choice – it will be a great adventure for me. And it is a strong motivation to get prepared for the race, which will be the highlight of my 2020 running season.