Kiril Nikolov - Disl is one of the most rewarded orienteer in Bulgaria. At the age of 32, he is about to face the toughest challenge in his professional career. To run from Kom to Emine for less than 5 days. For the first time Kiril will find himself out of his comfort zone, not knowing whether he is gonna be able to complete the challenge or not. He will have to run for about 120 km every day, 5 days in a row. The distance of 120 km is insane, but when you do it for 5-6 days in a row it is absolute madness. As he says “It was about time for mе to face that challenge. I wanted to reach my limits, to see if I am strong enough. I wanted to see if I am able to overcome my survival instinct.”
Natalia has been coaching Disl since 2003. She is personally responsible for both his
successes and failures. She believes her most important role as a coach is to prepare
her athletes for the life after all the competitions are over. “She believes in me so
much, because I am one of the few people who can overcome the natural survival
instinct. Natalia is my best friend and my mentor.” sais Kiril. During the Kom-Emine
challenge, Natalia managed to support any change in Kirils’ physical condition with an
Being an organizer of the biggest adventure competition in Bulgaria – XcoAdventure
Cup, Dimitar is one of the leading figures in adventure races. He was responsible for
organizing the previous challenge of Disl – “5 peaks”. That’s the moment when
Dimitar learned to appreciate the madness of Kiril, and since then he takes personally
everything that Kiril does. Besides keeping Kiril alive and healthy, his main
responsibilities were to share his strength, to run by his side, or just be a supportive
friend. Dimitar is a person who can see the big picture, which helped him react to the
constant changing obstacles and to rewrite the tasks of the entire team.
For most people Ventzi is as an eccentric millionaire. Maybe because he has the
unique ability to appreciate the simple things in life. “He’s a serious business man, but
he is able to get on the snowcat and clean up the streets himself if he has to.”, says
Kiril. During the Kom-Emine challenge, Ventzi supports both the team and Kiril,
providing transportation and supplies to any point in the mountain. Unfortunately, he
often finds himself lost in the forest with a broken car.
Krasi is responsible for the safety of the entire team. His experience in Mountain
Security Services, and as part of the team organizing XCo adventure challenges help
him to stay calm even in the toughest moments. Being the eldest in the team, he
often brought up the necessary strength, wisdom and strategic thinking.
Dimitrina has been the personal physiotherapist of Kiril during the last 2 years. Despite her responsibilities to her newly born child, she joined the team after reading about Kiril’s condition. “I didn’t ask her to come because she just gave birth to a child. But she came without even asking. I guess she felt sorry for me”, says Disl. Her professionalism wasn’t the only thing that inspired Kiril. With her lovely smile and an endless positive attitude made him believe everything is possible. “In the middle of Kom-Emine, when Didi arrived, I was terrified, I though my career was over. But Didi came to me, and said “Relax, this isn’t something we cannot fix in a month.” She gave me her word and for me that was enough. Everything was going to be OK.
Having a masters degree in physiotherapy, Stiliana is the youngest member of the
team. She’s been a fan of orienteering for ages, but she had a more personal reason to
join the team. Sliana’s grandfather experienced the Kom-Emine challenge first hand in
1955 as part of the Second National hike. He passed away recently and in honor of his
memory Stiliana joined the team as the physiotherapist who
The President of the Bulgarian Orienteering Federation has been a fan of Kiril for
years. He’s been very proud for having an orienteering athlete taking these challenges
which makes him really emotional about Kom-Emine. Although he’s almost 70 years
old, the former athlete and coach followed Kiril throughout the entire route. He
shared his courage and wisdom with the younger members of the team. Prof. Atanas
Georgiev is a respected teacher, and has twice been а Vice Minister for Sports.