After Athens and Sofia, Bosilegrad welcomed the participants in the project "GoOutThere! Outdoor Challenge"
From May 25th to 28th, the third part of the Transnational project “GoOutThere! Outdoor Challenge”, funded by the Erasmus+ Sport program, took place in Bosilegrad. A total of twenty-two participants from the partner countries – Bulgaria, Italy and Greece – were hosted by “GLAS” association – Bosilegrad.
The guests arrived in Bosilegrad on Thursday and were traditionally greeted with bread and salt in the courtyard of the GLAS association. That evening, a photo exhibition was opened with pictures from past mountain treks and adventures of some of the participants in the project. The ambitious program continued Friday and Saturday with different types of outdoor challenges and experiences.
Vlasina and Vlasina lake with its beauty and unique nature was chosen by the organizers as the first challenge in which everyone competed individually.
VerhChemernik was the goal provided in the program of the trek, as well as a boat ride on the lake itself, which has two permanent and several “floating” islands. The lake has an area of 16 square km. and is located in the midst of pristine and pure nature. It is located at 1,211 m above sea level, making it the highest and largest artificial lake in Serbia. The area is known for its microclimate. Rare species of birds, ducks, cormorants, etc. can be observed in the area of
Vlasina Lake. and there are plants that thrive only in an extremely ecologically clean environment. Local youth actively participated in the transition, introducing the guests to interesting and curious facts about the Vlasina region.
The following day, the route included a visit to the Bosilegrad village of Belut, the farm “8 Den” and the village of Izvor, with a total length of 13 km. The route offered unique and interesting adventures, passing through the beautiful natural and historical sights of Bosilegrad. The scoring and the game this time was a team game. Everyone was impressed by the spring beauty of the picturesque village of Belut, as well as by the unique farm where they were welcomed by Zdravko Georgiev, the man who created this whole environment with over 30 buildings and many other interesting objects and signs with different messages.
The village of Izvor with the incredible church “St. Troitsa” and the road cell school was chosen by the organizers for the final of the tour. The participants were told about the past of the village, about traditions and customs, about the importance of education and how it began in Bosilegrad, right here in the distant year 1835. No matter that the adventures were competitive, everyone felt victorious at the end.
All participants in the final received certificates for their successful performance and for a memory of their stay in Bosilegrad.
About the project
The project envisages the promotion of outdoor physical activity for people aged 18 to 69 and aims to motivate people to explore the beauty and wonders of Europe’s mountains and nature through a series of adventures and challenges.
The final SPORT event of the project will take place on the island of Sicily, Italy from June 15 to 18.
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