A lot of people want to get to the top but only a few enjoy the route on the way up and this is the best part, according to mountain race organisers Frozen Peaks.
Frozen Peaks organises mountain races with varying distances in the icy highlands around Nevrokopi in Drama. The northwestern part of Drama and specifically the area around the Municipality of Nevrokopi is known as the coldest part of Greece due to its geographical location and position, with very low temperatures in the winter. The region’s highest mountain peaks – Tsolia on Mount Orvilos at 2212 m and Prophet Elias on Mount Falakro at 2232 m – are also in this area, where the chill is noticeable even in the summer and inspired the name Frozen Peaks.
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This events organised by Frozen Peaks aspire to help develop Nevrokopi and sports tourism, bringing runners from both Greece and abroad. The region, besides its unique agricultural products (potato, beans), livestock, logging and marble businesses, has a rich history and several historical monuments, vibrant folklore and traditions, a war museum, picturesque churches, traditional settlements, spots of rare natural beauty, a rich variety of flora and fauna, artificial lakes and a ski resort.
The routes of the races aim to showcase all the above elements: the military forts of the Metaxas line, which the Germans could not subdue in 1940, the old military facilities, the outposts and the military paths, the Greek-Bulgarian border, areas of scenic beauty, the artificial lakes, the highest peaks of the mountains, the ski slopes of the Falakro ski center, the villages, the traditional settlements and the picturesque churches of the area, the farmhouses and the quarries.
The Frozen Peaks trail races include a range of mountain races that are 10, 40, 80 and 240 km long in the Nevrokopi region, on May 24-27.