A Trail Run in the Dolomites

This month, there are 3 separate trail run events with shorter and longer routes offering as many as 3,400 runners from 64 nations an opportunity to race along the Dolomite trails around Cortina d’Ampezzo. The trails have significant elevation changes for outdoor enthusiasts at all skill levels of ability and experience; the Dolomites’ mountain range is located in north-eastern Italy in the regions of Trentino Alto Adige and Veneto.

Participants come from all over the world for this incredible race that embrace the most spectacular places of the Alps and offers challenging high-altitude treks with interlinked paths and a quiet and peaceful atmosphere for safe hikes/treks in the wild.

One of the most challenging races will be the

Cortina Trail

This is the 5th edition of this running race in the Dolomites in an alpine environment of particular beauty. A large group (1,500) of runners will race for about 47 km and with a variation in altitude of 2.650 meters. This is extreme trail running that will allow participants to run longer than a classic marathon in a charming mountain setting.

Date: 25th June 2016

Start time: 08:00 a.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL)

Time limit: 12 hours

Registration is closed.

Much can be said about the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site that attracts tourists and mountain enthusiasts from all over the world. Arguably, this is Europe’s most thrilling of mountains overlooking some of the finest alp vistas in the world! For this, it is also one of the best hiking regions “thousands of feet above the surrounding scree and high meadows,” as noted by Walkopedia Ltd. The trekking trails and paths of the Dolomites offer stunning landscapes with eroded limestone cliffs and beautiful scenery along its trails. Many come to discover the trails and route options for mountain climbers.

Nico de Corato (owner of DubaiBlog), has been invited as media for the events. An avid runner, he will not miss the chance to participate to the Cortina Trail race. Monviso water will be sponsoring him for this challenge and outdoor adventure. Nico has hours of training and racing experience on diverse terrains (including desert) and will be a tough competitor for all other athletes in the race.

Two more races will be available in the area:

Cortina Skyrace

This is the 2nd edition of a running race that takes place along paths in the Dolomite Mountains for about 20 km and with a variation in altitude of 1.000 meters. The route takes you to discover from a high altitude the entire Ampezzo valley with a fantastic view of Cortina and the mountains that surround it; the race is for expert excursionists.

Date: 23rd June 2016

Start time: 5:00 p.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL)

Time limit: 3 hours and a half

Registration is still open. In order to participate, it is recommended athletes have previous experience in the mountains and a medical certificate specifically for sports racing activities. Entry is open to athletes aged 18 and over. Registration fees: 30,00 Euros (to be paid by Credit Card only) from now to 13 June. To enroll in the race, click here. For further details, contact the race organizers at info@cortinaskyrace.com, or call +39 338 2988252. Be sure to visit the website too at http://www.ultratrail.it/en/.

The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail

This is the 10th edition of a running race along paths in the Dolomite Mountains for about 119 km and with a variation in altitude of 5,850 meters. A route for the trail running enthusiasts!

Date: 24th June 2016

Start time: 11:00 p.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL) – A running at night adventure!

Time limit: 30 hours

Registration is closed. 

Note: The three race routes have been classified with a red label—i.e., technical terrain that is geared for the more experienced trekkers, as there are treacherous paths with rocky slopes. Therefore, one might want to make use of trekking poles.

Before the race: There will be a designated area inside the Ice Stadium (via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) with changing rooms and a bag deposit.

During the race: In the interest of the health of the participating athletes, medical staff will be found at the check points. Those who may be unfit to continue the race or wish to drop out will be assisted or accompanied to the finish area.

End of the race: All participants that start and finish the course in the allotted time will be given a Finisher gadget.

Preparing for a trek: Do come prepared; athletes should have sufficient liquid and food to reach the finish line. Aside from race pack given at the start, participants are asked to bring the required water bottle holder with a capacity for at least a liter of liquid and necessary quantity of mineral salts to use during the race, say the race organizers. Though there will be a few refreshment stations along the route, be sure to bring some drinking water fluids of your own choice too.

Recommendations on what to pack: hat, gloves, long-sleeve shirt and a fleece layer jacket to put on, as well as enough water and snacks, trekking pole/s, and, of course, a camera.

Also, be sure to dress in appropriate attire as you never know what the weather will be (see real-time webcam), especially at those heights (temperatures can range from -5 to + 30 degrees), so prepare in advance for the meteorological conditions that could be foggy, rainy, cold, and everything in between. Therefore, cross your fingers for sunshine!

Nico monviso water

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