Are You Ready for the Sinj Trail this Weekend?

Daniela Rogulj

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Saturday, May 12, 2018, is an essential day for sport in Sinj. Namely, Sinj and the Cetina Krajina will host the contestants of the Dalmatian Trail League (DTL) for the first time. The Cetina Adventure Club, with the patronage of the City of Sinj, TZ Sinj and Split Dalmatia County, will organize the 5th round of the DTL. All points that contestants gain will enter the overall ranking of the League.

Hosting this event is a great honor for the people of Sinj, who are also persistent and successful competitors in numerous track competitions throughout the country. The richness and variety of nature of the Cetina Krajina is an ideal environment for this activity, which is beneficial for the spirit and the body.

The competition is organized into 3 categories:

1. Alka: 33 km, 1700 meters uphill (start 9:30)

2. Čoja: 22 km, 1000 meters uphill (start 10:00)

3. Bara: 11 km, 390 meters uphill (start 10:30)

The start for all categories is at Alojzije Stepinac Promenade (in the center of the town, next to the church of Our Lady of Sinj), and the finish of the race is at the City Pool, Antun Konstantin Matasa 7 (approximately 500 meters away from the start of the race).

Category Explanation:

Category Bara: An 11 kilometer (390 meters uphill) long race passes near all of the most significant sights in Sinj and is intended for walkers, families and recreation, as well as for all those who want to try a track race for the first time. The race begins in front of the church of Our Lady of Sinj, continues to the end of the beautiful Allkar courtyard and climbs up asphalt to the Old Town to the church of Sv. Michael. As it descends, the path leads to a wide macadam path and ascends to the lungs of the town of Sinj, Pavića nebesa. It passes along the entire length of Pavića nebesa through the beautiful pine and oak forests and continues to the northern side of Pavića nebesa through a wide macadam path towards the finish. The track is circular, not technically demanding and is entirely marked with signposts and mountaineering markers. 

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Category Čoja: 22 kilometers and a 1000 meters ascent, this race begins the same way as the Bara, up to the crossing in Lučane, whereupon it continues on an asphalt road, one kilometer to the entrance to the protected landscape of Sutin, and climbs to the highest peak in the Sinj area, Visošnica (907 mnv ). The trail is properly marked to the top. From the top of Visojšnica, on a wide macadam route, the track goes down to the Sutin Canyon, through Perjanica and to one of the most beautiful parts of the Sinj region, passing the Sutinj mountain stream almost all the way from the spring to Pavića nebesa and the finish. The track is circular, adequately marked, and is intended for experienced competitors and recreationalists.

Category Alka: A 33 kilometer race with a 1700 meter climb begins from the same point as the first two categories, and at Pavića nebesa separates on a wide macadam road and climbs to the most beautiful view of Sinj on top of Visoka 896 mnv. The race is technically quite demanding and continues on a hiking trail towards the top of Visošnica from where it also descends into the Sutin canyon. The Sutin canyon passes on its left side and climbs from the canyon to its northern peak Bukovac, one of the most beautiful peaks from which it looks towards Visoka, the Kamešnica, the Dinara and the Svilaj. The peak of Bukovac goes all the way in the direction of Svilaj to the Kačar area. It is again connected to the technically demanding downhill of Plišivica from where it flows into Lučane and moves towards the finish through a broad macadam. The track is also circular, properly marked, and is intended for experienced competitors and recreationalists.

Those interested can sign up on the day of the race at the sign-up desks:

• From 8:00 to 9:00 – Alka category

• From 8:00 to 9:30 – Čoja category 

• From 8:00 to 10:00 – Bara category

The starting price is 100 kuna for the Čoja and Alka category, and 70 kuna for the Bara category.

• Children up to 14 years old have a 50% discount

• In the Bara category, a third member of the same family will have a free start. To get the discount, all three members must have the same residence, proof – identity card (for persons older than 16 years)

• Competitors who started all DTL races have a 50% discount:

(Antonela Banovac, Nađa Ramić, Jelena Gugić – Boko, Mario Barić, Ivan Roguljić, Andrija Savić, Ante Bubić, Jakša Rošin). 

Participants will receive a race number, a warm meal at the end of the race, refreshments along the trail, a dressing room for changing and showers.

Children under the age of 14 can only take part in the Bara category, but only accompanied by parents or guardians and with their signed entry permit.

Children from 14 to 16 years of age can independently participate in the Bara and Čoja categories, but must have a parent or guardian sign an entry permit.

Children between the ages of 16 and 18 can take part in any stage, but must have a parent or guardian sign an entry permit.

Required Equipment:

• mobile

• competitive card, race card and instructions (provided by the organizers on the day of the competition)

• ID card

Recommended equipment:

• gloves

• astro foil

• personal first aid

• whistle

• rain protection (one-off jacket, removable jacket)

• water, snacks

• dry clothing


• There will be prizes for the first three places in the men’s and women’s categories – for each category separately

• The 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams consist of representatives of a particular club in all three categories including men and women. It is necessary that the team has at least one representative in the category, and if there are more, only the team member with the best time in that category is counted. The first three are decided by the times of the fastest representatives, which are totaled to make the final result (the order is not looked at in this case).


For all competitors who come by car, free parking is located at the Primary School Marko Marulić (near the Sinj City Pool), in front of the Sinj City Park, parking in front of Kaufland, parking near the City Station and parking in front of Konzum. Participants can also use the city parking with a daily ticket of 10 kuna.


In case the contestants need accommodation, they can contact the organizers and try to arrange accommodation at the best price.

For those who prefer to camp, there is camping “Gajo” near Sinj where up to 7 tents can be accommodated. The camp offers food and drinks, outdoor showers and sanitary facilities, and friendly staff. It is entirely free for race participants and their escorts. The camp can be reached a day or two before the race with notice. 


Each competitor with his/her application agrees that he/she will compete at his/her own risk and be familiar with all race rules, will abide by his/her safety, the safety of other competitors and organizers, and is aware of the potential risks that the competition contains.

The race rules and the Dalmatian Trail Leagues are available here:

For more information, please contact the club president (Roberto Živaljić) at +385 (0) 92 221 9514 or send a message to the Cetina Adventure Facebook page



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