by Maria E. Bellini
Off trail! This week we go on to the roads….
Trail running wise – it’s quite hard to come across an exact, nicely rounded one hundred kilometers and 100k Ultra TRAIL race routes will usually be above or slightly lower than the magic 100K mark, having to take into account existing paths where race directors have to design a race route that is feasible for logistics, meaning that it’s difficult to come up with a trail race bang on the 100k mark.
So we head off the trails and on to the tarmac to satisfy runners in search of the magic 100km distance.
Road ultra running #1
100 km delle Alpi
Torino – SaintVincent – Piedmont
Taking place in October, this 100km is a point to point race.
Race website: www.giroitaliarun.it/100-km-alpi
Road ultra running #2
Ultramaratona 100km Asolo
Asolo – Veneto
The 100km Asolo, takes place in July, and also offers a 50k distance.
Race website: www.asolo100km.com
Road ultra running #3
100 km passatore
Florence, Tuscany to Faenza, Emilia-Romagna
One of Italy’s most famous 100k’s. Takes place each year in May. Point to point.
Race website: http://www.100kmdelpassatore.it
Road ultra running #4
Etna Extreme 100km del Vulcano
Bronte – Sicily
100km around Sicily’s active Volcano, Mount Etna. Also a 50km route available. This race takes place in September
Race website: 100delvulcano.com
Road ultra running #5
100km Val di Noto
Ragusa to Noto, Sicily
100km in the spectacular Val di Noto on the island of Sicily. Takes place in November and is point to point.
Race website: www.asdnotobarocca.it
Road ultra running #6
100km Milano Seregno
100km, 60km and a half marathon. Takes place in April, and held on a circuit of 20km (to repeat 5 times).
Race website: www.centokmseregno.it
Maria Elisabetta Bellini is Italyontrail.com’s founder, born in the U.K, she came to running whilst living in Italy, where she still lives and trains. Never ceasing to marvel at what’s at the summit of a hill, or around the bend along the trail, she loves using trail running as a means to explore nature, contemplation and Italy.