8th Sfendami Mountain Festival UCI


8th Sfendami Mountain Festival UCI

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 26-27 Αpril 2014

 8th SMF sfendami mountain festival  uci

The S.M.F Sfendami Mountain Festival is a two day event organized every year during April at Sfendami, Pieria. In 2014 the event will be held for the 8th year.

The aim of the event is to offer athletes, runners and mountain bikers, children, parents and specatators with a love of athletics and nature an experience of this area. The organizer is SFENDAMOS, a local and non-profit company based in Sfendami.

Event exhibition ground

On the Hill of Prophet Elias where the festival will take place, including a campsite and immediate access to the race routes and tracks, also more events and new activities. The hill is 2.5 km from Sfendami. There are WC facilities and showers with hot water for the athletes and campers. There are eating and drinking facilities for all.

What is included in the SMF

Day 1 Saturday 26 April 2014

The  UCI XCO C2  Elite Men Elite woman  race

The 10 km and 23km mountain run reaching an altitude of 880m.

Day 2 Sunday 27 April 2014

The 23km and 42km open mountain bike race with a difference of altitude of  780m and 1680m .

Rules of participation

Runners must be 15 years old and older for the 23k running race.
Mountain bikers must be 12 years and older for the 42km race.
In the categories 12-14 years and the fun category are completed with the circle from the starting point at 4km and a turn of 19km totaling 23km at an altitude of 880m.
All athletes aged 12-18 years need a signature from a guardian. The events are independent of each other, each participant can decide to enter either or both.

Race schedules

UCI XCO-C2  race elite woman  Saturday 26th April 10:00 am

UCI XCO-C2  race elite man   Saturday 26th April 12:00 am

Mountain running race – Saturday 26th April 3 pm

Mountain bike open race – Sunday 27th April 10:30 am

The declaration of participation and receipt of racing numbers will be from 11am – 2.45pm on Saturday and 7.30am – 9.30am on the Sunday. If the total number of runners has exceeded 300 and mountain bikers 500 then applications for athletes will not happen on the day of the events.


Cup for the 1st prize winner of each category and medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Certificate and medal for all athletes who complete the races.

23km Mountain run categories

15-18 years
19-39 years
40-49 years
Women’s category

42km Mountain Bike race categories

  • 12-15 years (23 km)
  • 16-18 years (42 km)
  • 19-29 years (42 km)
  • 30-39 years (42 km)
  • 40-49 years (42 km)
  • 50+ (42 km)
  • Women’s category (42km)
  • Fun category (16+ years) – 23 km

Electric bicycles [if there are more than 10 interested athletes] – 42km
Group applicants for the mountain bike race

Participation of electric bicycles

It is possible for athletes with electric bicycles to take part in the race. The athletes will wear different race numbers and will take the last positions at the starting line. I there are more than 10 entrants then there will be a winners’ category. If competing against non electric bikes the athletes cannot receive prizes.

Prizes for group entrants

For the run and the mountain bike race the results will be posted on the organisation’s website according to the numbers of the athletes in each group. Those in two groups will receive results for the 1st group. The final day for declaring participation is the 16th April. On the day of the races athletes will not be included in the final results.

Food and refreshment stations

Mountain run

4 drink stations, 2 food stations

1] Teponitsa 9km water
2] Aeroporia 14km water, energy drinks, snacks [nuts and dried fruit]
3] Tsairia-Katachalitika 18km water, energy drinks, nuts and dried fruit, jelly.

Mountain bike race

6 food and refreshment stations

1] Teponitsa 9km water
2] Aeroporia 14km water, energy drinks
3] Tsairia-Katachalitika 18km water, energy drinks, nuts and dried fruit, energy bars, jelly
4] Teponitsa 28km water
5] Aeroporia 32km water, energy drinks
6] Tsairia-Katachalitika 38km water, energy drinks, nuts and dried fruit, energy bars

Inspection stations

In both races there will be 4 inspection stations at junctions, all athletes must stick to the marked route and wear their race number in a visible place.

Route signs

The route for the events is fully and visibly signed with coloured route tape every 15m. Destination sign posts of A4 size will be used. At crossroads signs with ‘X’ will denote the wrong route and at points of especial difficulty there will be signs with 3 arrows. The distance will be signed every 2km.

Route description

The 23km Mountain Run

The event has the starting and finishing lines on the Hill of Prophet Elias and runs along forest and agricultural tracks. Of the 23km, 9km is along walking tracks and the altitude reaches 880m. The route is on earth with no stone and the paths are pleasurable and take the athletes through a tunnel of natural beauty.

42km Mountain Bike Event

The starting and finishing points are on the Hill of Prophet Elias. The route is circular with the first route of 4km and 2 of 19km. Each lap the athletes pass through the exhibition area following the route for the event. It reaches 1650m altitude with 19km on walking tracks and the remaining distance on forest and agricultural tracks.

Technical support for the Mountain Bike race

All bikes taking part in the event have the opportunity of a technical check and during the race there will be 4 technical support points.

Applications for Athletes

Applications start on 2 January 2013 and through the organization site www.sfendami.gr. The organization accepts up to 500 athletes for the Mountain Bike race and up to 300 athletes for the Mountain Run. Applications end on the 16 April. Athletes who have completed the application form must also complete payment to finish their application.

The method of payment can be found on the application form. The organization is automatically informed of the payment for participation. One athlete can pay for any amount of participants and must inform the organization via email of the names of all the athletes taking part. If the payment is made via another bank then the names of the participants must be sent by email to the organization.

Payment through the Post Office. The details and address are found on the website under ‘contact us’. The Post Office charges are paid by the applicants.

All athletes who complete their application before  23 April will have their name and surname on their bike and on the number for the Mountain Run. Each athlete will have a participant number according to the number of participation.

On application all athletes have the right to all facilities offered by the organization; certificate of participation, medal for all athletes who complete the run and all mountain bikers who complete one lap of the circuit and a full meal at the end of the race. Many other gifts will be given away throughout the event by raffle.

Free participation

For the 3 winners [male and female] of the 7th SMF mountain run and mountain bike race, as for every category

Cost of participation

Each event is 20E and for both events, 40E if applications are sent before 16 April. On the day of the event the prices are 25E for one event and 45E for both. The applications are complete upon payment and the account number is on the online application form until April 18th.

Terms of participation

Each participating athlete in the event declares that they accept the terms of taking part and that they are in full physical and psychological health taking into account all possible dangers involved in participation.

Each athlete participates and takes full responsibility for their participation accepting that the organization, anyone working for the organization or involved in the organization takes no responsibility for any injury or damage to personal property before, during and after the races.

Each athlete participating accepts and responsibly declares that they will receive no monetry compensation for any photographs, videos, snapshots, results with personal details or interviews taken throughout the event that may be used by the organization for advertising purposes at a later date.

Race regulations

It is officially recognized that on completion of application of participation in the event;
A helmet must be worn for the mountain bike race. There is no time limit for exclusion for either race.
All athletes must stay on the clearly signed track and show their athlete number in a clearly visible place.
Athlete who do not pass from the check point are disqualified.

Athletes in the Fun category complete the 4km stage of the mountain bike race and the 19km lap, total 23km. For any unforeseeable situations and circumstances, the final decision is by the director of the races and the technical advisor.

Race safety

Throughout the event there will be a rescue team of 40 members available at many points and in full communication for quick recovery.

Spectator participation

The races have been designed with the athlete and spectator in mind and their enjoyment. Spectators can follow the event on the hill of prophet Elias with a distance of 1000m with 2 crossings from the run and 3 crossings from the mountain bikes. Reaching the points is easy and direct and the greatest distance from the hill is 2.5km. There will be a map available showing the spectator points.

Art and crafts area

An area where children can play and paint and learn about ecological themes. The area has been improved and is now a workshop with more activities for 2 days. A chance for the children to enjoy the event and learn and be inspired in the future.



Throughout the 2 day event there will be a team of cleaners, 40 rubbish bins at different points and an aluminium recycling bin.. helping keep the environment clean and passing on the message to the younger generation.

Food and refreshments for spectators

Covered area with food and refreshments.

Mountain bike parking

100 bike parking places in different areas of the exhibition area.

8th SMF.

Events for children

Sack racing and other new events for the young and old. Free participation of individuals and teams.

On the 20 and 21 April Sfendami will transform into the beat and enthusiasm of young and old participating in the events. The hill of Prophet Elias will be transformed with the colours of spring to welcome you all to the 7th Sfendami Mountain Festival

We await you on the picturesque hill of Prophet Elias in Sfendami, Pierias to spend a 2 day celebration of athletics and culture together….



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