Yukon Arctic Ultra 2017

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Yukon Arctic Ultra 2017 je višednevni ultra maraton koji se održava u mestu Whitehorse, oblasti Yukon u Kanadi. Staze maratona, 100/300/430 milja u ekstremnim uslovima Yukon-a, gde temperature padaju i do – 50 stepeni Celzijusa, daju ovom ultra maratonu naziv – The trail of the world’s toughest and coldest ultramathon .

http://www.arcticultra.de/en/

Priča o „korenu“ i čarobnoj kutiji

 „Dođi Odiseje slavni, o ahejska velika diko !

Zaustavi lađu i stani, da poslušaš pesmu našu.

U crnoj lađi pokraj nas nije prošao niko,

a da poslušao ne bi milozvučno pevanje naše…“

                                                           (ODISEJA 12 Pevanje)

 

 Legendarna mitološka bića, morske sirene, svojim milozvučnim glasom, mamile su epskog junaka sa ostrva Itake u kraljevstvo tame i sigurnu smrt. Snagom volje i istrajnošću, Odisej se suprotstavio velikom iskušenju, morski hridi nisu bili njegova grobnica, a lepota sirena bila je samo još jedna od prepreka na putešestviju antičkog heroja…

 Možda nema zemaljsku lepotu Odisejeve Itake, i možda se u njenim stenama ne nalazi  magična relikvija kralja Artura, mač Ekskalibur, čijom bih oštricom posekao sva zla ovoga sveta, ali je dar moje zemlje Srbije bio mnogo znamenitiji na mom putu ka ledenom prostranstvu Jukona i bajkovitoj avanturi zvanoj „Yukon Arctic Ultra“. U carstvo snega, hladnoće, carstvo senki u kome vladaju ljudski strahovi, gde tišina poprima obličja živih bića, a nepregledna divljina vas poput najsnažnijeg magnetnog polja uvlači u svoju dubinu, poneo sam ono najvrednije, poneo sam znamenje i nasleđe svojih predaka u srcu, poneo sam toplinu svog doma u duši i kao spartansku falangu neprobojnu i jaku veru da mogu da završim ovaj veliki poduhvat.

    Neko će se tokom trke i dugotrajnih napora osloniti na sopstveno iskustvo i samopouzdanje stečeno dugotrajnim treningom u ekstremnim vremenskim uslovima. Drugi će nadu pronaći u kvalitetnoj opremi i logistici. Treći će motivaciju crpeti iz želje za dokazivanjem, lična ambicija će biti „vetar u leđa“ i pokretač. Četvrti će se upustiti u avanturu vođeni svojim pustolovnim duhom, i tako redom motivi i različiti ideali i ideje u glavama protagonista „Yukon Arctic Ultra“ priče, sudaraće se i ukrštati brzinom svetlosti, čineći tako jedan mozaik nadanja, želja, htenja i ciljeva…

    Ja sam za ovu priliku spremio čarobnu kutiju koja naizgled prazna, u sebi krije neograničene potencijale i moći.

 Da bi uspešno završili „Yukon Arctic Ultra“ trku, neophodno je da pored izuzetne fizičke čvrstine i telesne sposobnosti da se adaptirate na uslove ekstremno niskih temparatura, posedujete mentalnu stabilnost, otpornost na stresne situacije izazvane nedostatkom sna, hrane, vode, visoku toleranciju na bol, koji je neminovnost na ovakvom tipu trke. Od vitalne je važnosti poznavati svoje telo, ali sve ovo ništa neće vredeti ako nemate „koren“. „ Koren“ toliko dubok i čvrst da ga ni najjači uragan ne može iščupati iz svog jezgra. „Koren“ je ono što vi nosite u sebi, ono što predstavljate, ono što ispunjava celo vaše biće. „Korenu“ neće nauditi ni -50 stepeni Celzijusa, ni ledeni vetar ga neće pomeriti, ni nepregledna daljina, ni daleki horizont pun neočekivanih prepreka za njega neće biti kobni.

 Moj „koren“ je hranjen iz čarobne kutije koju sam nosio duboko u svojim nedrima. Gotovo netaknuta, misteriozna i vrlo surova priroda Jukona mi je tokom trke, kao mitska Sfinga zalutalim putnicima, postavljala skoro nerešive enigme i prepreke, dovodeći moje telo na ivicu totalne iscrpljenosti, lomeći ujedno i moj duh i moju veru. Ali onda bi u nedrima zasijala moja čarobna kutija i neizreciva toplota bi se raširila celim mojim bićem, korak bi postajao mekan i lagan, skladan i u savršenoj harmoniji sa telom, teret sanki koje sam vukao sa sobom, a u kojima je bila spakovana obavezna oprema, više nije bio tako težak, hladnoća se pretvarala u nekakav prijatan osećaj jeze, savršena tišina svuda oko mene nije više bila zlokobna, već prijateljska, a čak se i Mesec na nebeskom svodu postarao da mi osvetli puteve, tako da tokom noći čeona lampa skoro i da nije bila potrebna.

  Odaću vam tajnu…

 Moja čarobna kutija bila je ispunjena najdivnijim ovozemaljskim blagom. To blago nije ni srebro, ni zlato. Blago čini velika ljubav, vera i nada smeštene u kutiju. Ljubav prema svojoj porodici, prijateljima, dragim ljudima i svojoj zemlji, ljubav koja vas nadahnjuje, ljubav koja vas zagreje u hladnim jukonskim noćima, ljubav koja vam da krila i nosi vas u visine i daljine o kojima niste ni sanjali. Vera i nada koje vas guraju napred. Vera da ćete vašim primerom i istrajnošću svet učiniti boljim mestom, makar to bilo i na mikroprostoru. Vera i nada da ćete vi baš ovom trkom nekom podariti inspiraciju u svojim životnim pozitivnim borbama i povratiti osmeh na lice. Za taj osmeh sam bio spreman da pređem pola sveta i da iz moje Srbije, moje Itake, krenem put severa i legendarne trke „Yukon Arctic Ultra“.

 Lepota sirena i milozvučna pesma nisu bile pogubne za Odiseja…Mene je ipak surova lepota Jukona, poput zvuka Panove frule,  lagano privlačila i neprimetno pravila ožiljke i rane po licu i telu. Na jednom od „check-point“-a, ljudi iz organizacije i tima trke su odlučili da me isključe zbog promrzlina koje su se pojavile na mom licu i rukama. Iako me moja kutija i dalje snažno grejala i širila toplotu celim mojim bićem, kao i pored činjenice da sam se sjajno osećao, pun motiva i želje, pravila su bila neumoljiva, trka je bila završena za mene. Prvobitni osećaj ljutnje i bola, zamenilo je spokojstvo i osećaj ponosa. Dao sam sve od sebe, nijednog trenutka ne ispuštajući čarobnu kutiju iz svojih nedara i ne odričući se svog „korena“…

 Do sledeće godine i novog susreta sa Jukonom…

17431542_1924026671163961_897548527_o Autor slike : Nadežda Spajić –  Jovičina sestra

UVU ARKTIK kolekcija i magična radionica Luiđi Bergama (Luigi Bergamo)

 

Iz radionica čuvenih graditelja violina, italijanskih porodica Amati, Gvarneri i Stradivari, izlazili su najsavršeniji instrumenti na svetu. Pored svoje estetske perfekcije, violine kao da su imale lični identitet i dušu, majstori su “utkali” i deo svog bića u ove čarobne instrumente. Zvuci koji su izlazili iz violina kod slušalaca bi izazivali najdublje emocije.

Sa druge strane, iz radionice legendarnog majstora Luiđija Bergama, neće izaći violine, ali zato hoće najsavršeniji komadi sportske odeće koji odišu kvalitetom, dopadljivim vizuelnim doživljajem i praktičnošću. Kao što je Mikelanđelo svojim skulpturama udisao život, tako danas svojim vizionarskim rešenjima i vanvremenskim kreacijama, Luiđi Bergamo daje novi “impuls” u svet sportske opreme…

Imao sam veliku čast i ogromno zadovoljstvo da sa gospodinom Bergamom i timom ljudi iz UVU porodice, učestvujem u kreiranju sportske opreme namenjene projektu “Yukon Arktik Ultra” i epskoj priči o 430 milja dugačkom ultramaratonu u regiji Yukon u Kanadi, čiji sam bio protagonista i jedan od učesnika.

Zadatak koji je postavljen pred tim bio je kreirati opremu dovoljno kvalitetnu da podnese sve prepreke koje će surova i ekstremna priroda Yukona “bacati” na dugačkom i opasnom putu od malenog gradića Whitehorse do mesta Dowson City. Ideja je bila napraviti komade odeće koji će biti ultralagani, a opet dovoljno topli za potencijalnih -50 stepeni Celzijusa, koji će omogućavati savršenu pokretljivost tela, a biti atletskog dizajna i koji će se brzo sušiti ne izazivajući bilo kakve iritacije kože.

UVU brend je u svetu ultramaratona i ekstremnih trka izdržljivosti sinonim za kvalitet materijala i opremu koja zbog svog savršenog dizajna i lagane strukture omogućava slobodu pokreta, dajući tako mogućnost atletama da iskažu, tokom takmičenja, svoj pun potencijal. Ipak i za UVU brend i tim, Yukon je predstavljao izuzetan izazov i motivaciju da pokažu koliko se posvećenošću i radom na sitnim detaljima, pravim rešenjima i istinskom vizijom, može postići i na trci kakva je Yukon Arktik Ultra.

UVU tim i Luiđi Bergamo osmislili su liniju “UVU Arktik”, koja svojim idejnim rešenjima pravi veliki iskorak ka budućim kreacijama namenjenim aktivnostima koje se odvijaju na ekstremno niskim temparaturama. Luiđi je u kolekciju “doneo” duh italijanskih tvrdokornih planinskih venaca Dolomita pomešanih sa estetskom lepotom i ličnim osećajem za dizajn, a UVU tim je utkao svoje dosadašnje iskustvo sticano dugogodišnjim testiranjem opreme i materijala u nekim od najsurovijih predela na svetu, od amazonskih kišnih šuma, džungli, preko marokanske saharske pustinje, planinskih vrhova Himalaja i snežnih predela Antarktika.

Epilog je bila savršena UVU Arktik linija sačinjena od nekoliko slojeva što je i bila početna ideja. Lagani komadi koji idealno prate strukturu tela i omogućavaju kretanje čak i prilikom najnižih temparatura. Luiđi Bergamo i UVU tim su vodili računa da prilikom izrade odeće nikako ne potcene prirodu Yukona i ukažu prirodi poštovanje, a sa druge strane, naprave sjajan balans i ne ugroze potrebe atleta koji se kreću u takvim uslovima. Deluje neverovatno kakvu zaštitu pruža tako lagana oprema. Sve to podseća na čuvenu scenu iz kultnog avanturističkog filma “Gospodar Prstenova”, kada hobit Frodo Baggins, dobije nestvarno lagani prsluk od posebnog materijala koji ga je štitio od napada zlih mračnih bića.

Osećaj sigurnosti i potpuno poverenje u opremu je neizmerno važno prilikom ekstremnih trka izdržljivosti i iako ne determiniše potpuno konačan ishod i učinak na samom poduhvatu, definitivno je deo mozaika na putu ka uspehu.

UVU tim i Luiđi Bergamo napravili su nešto posebno, veliko i ekstra-kvalitetno. Do toga ih je doveo entuzijazam, pozitivna želja i stvaralačka inspiracija. Oprema je činila da se osećam kao superheroj u svom magičnom odelu. Tim je poput Žil Verna, unapred “pisao” i predvideo stvari, a meni je kao kapetanu Nemu, preostalo samo da u svojoj UVU Arktik opremi, kao podmornica “Nautilus”, zaplovim snežnim prostranstvom Yukona.

 

 

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Yukon Arctic Ultra 2017

16299189_10158412183300713_7472032826875710476_nThe Yukon Arctic Ultra is a series of non-stop multi day races that take place concurrently beginning in Whitehorse, Yukon at the beginning of February each year. The marathon, 100/300/430 mile races follow the course of the Yukon Quest. The longer races have three disciplines: mountain, xc-skis or foot. The race is billed as the toughest ultramarathon in the world where the temperatures can drop to -50 degrees plus wind chill. The race was founded in 2003 and has run every year since except 2010.

http://www.arcticultra.de/en/

 A story about “a root” and a magic box

“Famous Odysseus, great glory of Achaea,

draw near, and bring your ship to rest, and listen to our voices.

No man rows past this isle in his dark ship

without hearing the honeysweet sound from our lips…”

                              (ODYSSEY, Book XII)

Legendary mythological beings, mermaids, with their mellifluous voices, lured the epic hero from the Isle of Ithaca to the kingdom of darkness and inevitable death. Using his willpower and persistence Odysseus held strong against a great temptation, sea cliffs didn’t become his tomb, and the beauty of the mermaids became yet another obstacle on the road to becoming a classical hero…

Perhaps it holds not the earthly beauty of Odysseus’s Ithaca and perhaps its cliffs do not keep the magic relic of King Arthur, the sword of Excalibur, whose blade I would use to cut all the evils of this world, but the gifts of my country, Serbia, have been far more significant on my road to the icy vastness of Yukon and the fairy tale-like adventure called Yukon Arctic Ultra. On to the kingdom of snow, cold, the kingdom of shadows where human fears rule, where the silence takes on the form of living creatures, and the endless wilderness sucks you into its depths like the strongest magnetic field, where I brought my most valuable, I brought the symbols and heritage of my ancestors in my heart, I brought the warmth of my home in my soul and a strong faith impenetrable like a Spartan phalanx that I can accomplish this great feat.

During the race and prolonged exertion, some will rely on own experience and confidence gained from lengthy trainings in extreme weather conditions, others will find hope in high-quality equipment and logistics, others again will draw motivation from the desire to prove themselves, personal ambition will be the wind at their back and an inspiration, others still will embark on an adventure following their untamed spirit, and so on the motives and diverse ideals and ideas in the heads of the protagonists of Yukon Arctic Ultra story will clash and intertwine at the speed of light, creating a mosaic of hopes, desires, wants and goals…

For this occasion, I’d prepared a magic box that, although seemingly empty, hid within unlimited potential and power.

In order to successfully finish the Yukon Arctic Ultra race, aside from the extraordinary body strength and physical ability, it is necessary to adapt to the conditions of extremely low temperatures, possess mental stability, resistance to stressful situations caused by lack of sleep, food, water, high tolerance to pain, all inevitable at this type of race. It is vitally important to know your body; still none of this will matter if you don’t have “the root”. “The root” is so deep and strong, that not even the strongest of hurricanes can pull it out from its core. “The root” is what you carry inside, what you represent, what fills out your entire being. “The root” won’t be harmed even by -50o Celsius, it won’t be moved by the ice cold wind, nor the endless wilderness, and a distant horizon full of unexpected obstacles won’t be fatal for it.

My “root” was fed from the magic box carried deep inside my chest. Virtually untouched, mysterious and quite brutal nature of Yukon kept placing almost unsolvable enigmas and obstacles in my way, much like mythical Sphinx to the stray travelers, leading my body to the brink of utter exhaustion, breaking both my spirit and my faith simultaneously. And then, in my chest, my magic box would shine and ineffable warmth would spread over my entire being, my step would become soft and light, balanced and in perfect harmony with my body, the burden of sleighs I’d been carrying with me, in which necessary equipment had been packed, was no longer heavy, the cold turned into a certain pleasant sensation of chill, perfect silence all around me no longer seemed menacing but rather amicable, and even the moon on the heavenly skies made sure to light my path, so that the headlamp was almost unnecessary during the night.

I let you in on a secret…

My magic box was filled with the loveliest treasure of all earthly treasures. The treasure was not silver, nor gold. The treasure was made of great love, faith and hope kept in the box. Love towards my family, friends, other people and my country, love that inspires, love that keeps you warm in cold Yukon nights, love that gives you wings and carries you to the heights and distances you’ve never even dreamed of. Faith and hope that push you forward. Faith that your example and persistence will make the world a better place, even if the impact is micro-sized. Faith and hope that it is with this race that you’ll inspire someone in their positive life struggles and return a smile on their face. I was prepared to travel half the world for that smile and to set off from my Serbia, my Ithaca, towards the North and the legendary race Yukon Arctic Ultra.

The beauty of mermaids and their mellifluous song were not fatal for Odysseus… I, however, was slowly drawn in by the cruel beauty of Yukon, much like Pan’s flute, where it imperceptibly made scars and wounds on my face and body. At one of the check-points, organization and race team members decided to exclude me from the race due to the severity of frostbite on my face and hands. Although my box kept warming me and spreading heat all over my body, and aside from the fact that I felt great, clearly motivated and filled with desire to go on, the rules were unbending; the race had ended for me. The initial sensation of anger and pain was replaced with a feeling of serenity and pride. I gave my all, not letting go of the magic box in my chest for one second and not giving up my “root”…

 Until next year and a new encounter with Yukon…

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Painting artist : Nadežda Spajić , Jovica’s sister.

UVU ARCTIC collection and magic workshop of Luigi Bergamo 

Italian violin makers, the families of Amati, Guarneri and Stradivari manufactured the finest musical instruments in the world. Beside their aesthetical perfection, the violins seemed to have personality and soul – the masters blended parts of their own lives into these magical instruments. Thus the sounds produced by the violins provoked profound emotions amongst listeners.

However, the workshop of the legendary master Luigi Bergamo does not produce the violins but the most perfect pieces of sportswear that suggest quality and have attractive and practical visual design. Just like Michelangelo, who gave life to his sculptures, Luigi Bergamo gave new impulses to sportswear by his visionary solutions and timeless creations…

I had the honour and the great pleasure of taking part in the creation of sportswear intended for the project of Yukon Arctic Ultra – the epic story of the 430 mile long ultramarathon in the region of Yukon, Canada, whose participant I was, together with Mr. Bergamo and the team of people from the UVU family.

The task assigned to the team was to create equipment of the quality sufficient to endure the hardships imposed by the harsh and extreme conditions of Yukon along the legthy and dangerous route from the little town of Whitehorse to Dowson City. The idea was to make pieces of clothes that will be ultralight and at the same time warm enough to resist the potential -50 degrees Celsius. They should be of athletic design that enables perfect body flexibility and dries quickly without causing skin irritation.

In the world of ultramarathon and extreme endurance races, the UVU brand is the synonym for the material quality and the equipment which, thanks to its perfect design and lightweight structure, enables freedom of movement and gives the athlete the possibility to express their full potential in the competition. The Yukon Arctic Ultra race represented a big challenge and the motivation for the UVU brand and team to show their commitment to small details, right solutions and true vision.

The UVU team and Luigi Bergamo designed the UVU Arctic line, which by its idea solutions makes a big step towards future creations intended for activities in extremely low temperatures. Luigi gave the collection the dramatic spirit of the Italian Dolomites mixed with his personal aesthetic sensations and the UVU team contributed their experience acquired by the years of testing of equipment and materials in some of the most severe regions of the world, from the Amazon rainforests, jungles, Moroccan deserts, Himalayan peaks and the snowy regions of the Antarctic.

The outcome was the perfect UVU Arctic line made up of several layers which indeed was the initial idea. Lightweight pieces that ideally follow the body shape and enable movement even in the lowest temperatures. Luigi Bergamo and the UVU team took care never to underestimate the nature of Yukon in their creations and to show respect for the nature. On the other hand, they made the perfect balance by considering the athletes needs in such circumstances. The protection offered by such lightweight equipment seems unbelievable. One cannot help remembering the famous scene from the cult adventure The Lord of the Rings when hobbit Frodo Baggins gets a lightweight waistcoat made of special material that protects him from attacks of evil dark creatures.

The feeling of security and full trust in equipment is crucially important in extreme endurance races. Even though it does not fully determine the performance and the final outcome, it definitely is the part of the mosaic on the road to success.

The UVU team and Luigi Bergamo made something special, big and of extra quality. It was made possible by the combination of enthusiasm, positive desire and creational inspiration. The equipment made me feel like a superhero in magic clothes. Like Jules Verne, the team predicted events and I, like Captain Nemo in Nautilus, could sail through the snowy and large expanse of Yukon.

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