Five Reasons To Run The Capraia Rock Trail

#1 Top Location! You’ll be right in the middle of the Mediterranean sea. The Capraia Rock Trail takes place on one of Italy’s remotest islands, –Capraia. A wild and beautiful island which is bound to both captivate and fire your imagination. Capraia is the only island in the Tuscan Archipelago that is of volcanic origin. The […]

AVP501 Ultra – Following Pilgrims, Monks and Devotees

Italy’s longest ultra trail, the AVP501 crosses many areas interlaced by spirituality. First of all let’s set the scene. We’re in central northern Italy. The race route follows Italy’s long distance hiking trail, the “Alta via dei Parchi”, partly situated in the Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco Emiliano one of Italy’s 25 National Parks. It crosses […]

Polarised Training – The Golden Rule of 80/20

by Martin J. Trout One of the most common questions that I get asked, predictably I guess, is: “How should I train for trail races”? The simple answer is basically the same as you would for any other running race but don’t forget to include hills, both up and down, and get prepared for some […]

Ecotrail Florence, Italy – Running Through Beauty

Ecotrail Florence, Italy  – 3 March 2018 80km, 42km and Night City Trail By Carl Johan Sörman Countdown – Two weeks before race date… I’ve just finished my very last training session in an extremely hard 180k week. Intervals. At the end of the session I feel a bit of discomfort in my groin. The following […]

6 Lesser-known Races In The Dolomites

Italy’s glorious Dolomites, are a vision to be savoured and respected. It’s fairly impossible to cast your gaze onto these spectacular mountains without in some way being humbled. If you’ve been lucky enough to run on one of the trails that weave their way between the spires and pinnacles of white craggy rock, you may […]

AVP 501 Endurance Trail

AVP 501 –  Just when you thought that Italian trail races couldn’t get any longer, what with epic Tor Des Géants® offering a route that’s approximately 330km long, 2018 will see the first edition of the the AVP501 Endurance Trail. And yes – “501” refers to the kilometers that you’ll be doing in the race. […]

Parco Nazionale dell’Appennino Tosco Emiliano

Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park This is one of Italy’s youngest 25 national parks. Designated in 2001 the Tuscan-Emilian Apennine National Park covers the stretch of Apennine mountain ridges that joins Emilia-Romagna to Tuscany. In the video, the trails between Parma’s Berceto and Modena’s Lago Santo, along the Long Distance footpath the Alta Via Dei Parchi. By Aereisentieri […]

5 Brutal Italian Trail and Sky Races

After a recent survey in an Italian Facebook trail running group, where we asked members which Italian trail and skyraces they considered to offer the most technical terrain, we’ve come up with this initial selection, chosen directly by the folks that run them! What to expect in a technical race in Italy? This can vary enormously, […]