The Veteran Athletes Commission from the Romanian Athletics Federation is honoured and pleased to be the organizer of the BAVA Cross Country Championships in Bucharest on the 13th of April. The organization benefits from the support of the Bucharest Municipality and the newly founded AS Romanian Masters Athletics club.

The capital city of Romania last acted as a host of a Balkan masters’ event nearly 18 years ago.  As a city we believe it has much improved since and our athletics friends who were here many years ago will be pleasantly surprised to rediscover a better place. We wish and hope that both old acquaintances and new comers will enjoy meeting sporting rivals as well as an attractive city.



The Balkan Cross will be held in Herastrau Park, the oldest large park in Bucharest situated in the north of the city, along the Colentina river. The area selected for the competition is adjacent to the Soseaua Nordului side as seen in the map below. Access nearby is possible by both public and individual transport.



Traditional Balkan veteran categories apply to the competition as follows;

Women:30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

Men:                 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

The age of the participants should be counted with respect to the Technical Meeting day in the year, ie the 12th of April. For an example: athletes born between 13.04.1974(inclusive) - 12.04.1979(exclusive) are eligible for the M-W35 categories.



The race distances per age categories are as follows:

Women:                                      Men:

30 - 49 : 6 km                              35 - 49 : 8 km

50 - 64 : 4 km                              50 - 64 : 6 km

65+      : 2 km                              65 - 74 : 4 km

                                                           75+      : 2 km

Above distances are made by a corresponding number of 1km loops which will be marked within the venue as described in the COURSE section below.



Applications to compete should be sent to the Local Organization Committee by e-mail (Această adresă de email este protejată contra spambots. Trebuie să activați JavaScript pentru a o vedea. ) or fax (+40 213320513) no later than the 4th of April with mention respectively of: name&surname, date of birth, category, country.

Entry Fees

Each participant is requested to pay 15 Euros in order to contribute to the organization expenses as per the statutes of BAVA. The deadline to register and transfer the fore-mentioned entry fee is 04 April 2014. Entries after April 4th must be accompanied by a late registration fee of 20 Euros to be paid at the Technical Meeting latest.

The bank transfer information is:


Bank name:              BRD Bucureşti, Suc. Unirea, Sector 3  

Bank address:          Bld Vintila Voda nr. 2, Bucuresti

Account:                   RO53BRDE441SV98171314410  EUR

SWIFT:                      BRDE ROBU  


Beneficiary name:               Federatia Romana de Atletism

Beneficiary Address:          Bucharest, Str Primo Nebiolo, nr 1, Romania







W65+; M75+



W50-64; M65-74



Formal ceremony












The technical meeting will take place on the 12th of April - 17:30 hours- in the Meeting Room of the Romanian Athletics Federation (1,Primo Nebiolo Street, Bucharest).

The agenda of the Technical Meeting includes;

- Age verification of the participants

- Distribution of the bib numbers

- Miscellaneous

The names of the team managers with their contact details should be transmitted to the LOC until the 1st of April latest.

In case no team managers are appointed by the member federations, individual runners should attend the meeting in person to allow age verification and receive their bib number. No such operations will take place in the race day.



  • Starting lists will be published on the website www.rma.org.ro no later than 3 days before the race.
  • All athletes must compete in the sport uniforms of their national teams.
  • The track of the runners during the race will be monitored using chip devices and control gates.
  • All results will be posted at the notice board no later than 30min after the race and will be published on the mentioned website the day of the event.
  • All awards will take place at the race venue. First three in each age category will receive medals and certificates.
  • The competition will be judged by Romanian judges.
  • During the competition medical assistance will be provided by the organizers.
  • Changing spaces will be provided in tents at the race venue; responsibility for personal items will be for the athletes themselves.

Important Notice

Efforts are being made to broadcast live the event on the internet so that supporters at home could watch their favourites as they compete! News on www.rma.org.ro.



Each registered athlete participates at her/his own risk and team managers are held responsible for taking appropriate written statements to this end from their team members.



Cross country race course is a 1 km loop with surface 80% soil and grass and 20% concrete. It is relatively demanding both downhill and uphill.


Herastrau Park - Balkan Cross Route



Route prophile



In order to assist the participants for their accommodation in Bucharest, the LOC has asked for the support of Wonderland travel agency. We are pleased to inform that a number of hotels have quoted special rates for the Balkan veterans as presented below. Other options are at the discretion of the participants bearing in mind that metro stations are situated within reasonable distance from the cross venue,

Hotel TRIUMF 2*                  

Address: Sos Kiseleff nr12, Sector1

Prices:  28/39/46€ per single room/night – breakfast and tax included

              48/53€  per double room/night – breakfast and tax included


Address: Str Johann Strauss nr1, Sector2

Prices:  45€ per single room/night – breakfast and tax included

              55€  per double room/night – breakfast and tax included     

Hotel GREEN FORUM 3*   

Address: Str Pictor Barbu Iscovescu nr19, Sector1

Prices:  78.50€ per single room/night – breakfast and tax included

              88.50€  per double room/night – breakfast and tax included

For booking and/or any additional information please contact

Wonderland Travel Agency

Mrs Alice Hossu

Tel:                  +40 722322119

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