The first edition of the Lidl Royal Race Knin 2020 offers a gorgeous race starting at the foot of mountain Dinara, overlooking its summit for the 19km race or by the Krčić waterfall for 6km race and both ending at the finish line; Knin Fort.
Highlights of the race:
- Rich starting package
- Dinner after the race
- Quiz with special prizes
The start of the 19 km race, is located at the foot of Dinara Mountain, overlooking its peak, which is also the highest peak of Croatia (1831m). Not far from the start, the Krčić River springs up in several places, with 6 mills and several waterfalls in its short stream, and the area around the Krčić River was categorized as a 1964 geomorphological and hydrological reserve.
The Krčić River canyon is the Napoleon Road, the Dalmatian section of the Imperial Road. It is a section of road that runs the entire length of the Illyrian provinces from Ljubljana to Dubrovnik towards Al-Banija. Already at the 3rd km, the road crosses the Napoleon Bridge on the right side of the coast, and at the 7th km passes through the hamlet of Sevici, which houses the former toll house, and the Crnogorčev Mill, built during the Venetian Republic or even earlier.
Downstream of the hamlet, it passes by the third waterfall and shortly afterwards the second waterfall at a distance of 1 km. At the 11th km, at the very exit of the Krcic canyon, the Topolje hilltop is visible on the right. Archaeological excavations at the foot of the northwest side of the hillfort have confirmed the continuity of life from the Copper Age to the present day. A Greek-Illyrian type helmet was also found at the site, an extremely significant find that classifies Topolje fortress as one of the rare localities in Croatia, but also beyond that with the type of Delmata-type warrior equipment.
Krcic ends its course with a spectacular fall from the 22m high barrier Topoljski Buk (Krcic Waterfall), just a few meters from the source of the Krka River.
At the Krka spring, it crosses the start of a shorter race 6km, with a gentle ascent to the D1 highway crossing, then descends past Burum Lake and soon continues down the course of the Krka River. At the 16 km mark at the meeting point with the Kosovčica River, we reach the archeological site Kapitul, where there was a Knin cathedral. The cathedral was built in 1203, probably at the place where the pre-Dromanic monastery of St. Bartholomew from the 9th century, and in the 1st century an outpost of Roman legions and cohorts from the camp in Burnum.
Across the Atlagic Bridge, we enter the old city center, with a steep ascent - the oldest city communication, which retained the original medieval, and possibly ancient, linking the Loredan Gate, the only preserved Ottoman city gate, named after Knin's first governor, Antoni. Loredana.
The last and steepest ascent ends at the Knin Fort. Today the fortress got its present appearance after extensive Venetian renovation and reconstruction. The Venetian administration completely modernized the fort and adapted it to the artillery mode of warfare. The fort consists of three separate fortified units, the north (Kaštel Knin), the middle (Kaštel Lab) and the south (Belvedere).