by Maria E. Bellini

This is part one of two articles looking at trail running in and around the Dolomites this July. Yes! There are that many trail races to choose from, and if you consider that all races have more than one distance on offer…. well trail runners are spoilt for choice!

Choosing the distance

Whether you’re after a brutal 20hr+ ultra trail that will be the focus of your entire ‘holiday’, or a medium distanced trail race to dedicate a couple of days logistics to… or even just a cheeky short trail to spice up your time in Italy, if it’s impressive scenery you’re after – the Italian Dolomites and surrounding mountains offer a good choice of trail running events coming up this July.

How to get there

Set in the northeast Italy, the Dolomites are spread over three Italian regions: VenetoTrentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, and are part of the Alps. You can read more about the Dolomites in our introductory article.
Nearest Airports: Fly to Venice, Treviso, Verona, Bergamo or Milan.

What about some hiking?

If you’d like to visit the Dolomites at a more relaxed pace, consider hiking one of the area’s “Alte Vie” – the “High Routes”. These are waymarked long distance hiking routes set in spectacular surroundings, the routes are varied and can present challenges such as Via Ferrata and altitude. For more information on the “High Routes” and other hiking routes you can read the dedicated area on Dolomites Unesco.

Ortler Sky Trails

Ortler Sky Trail official website
Ortler Sky Trails – Italy

This Ortler Sky Trail offers three distances with altitude that ranges between 1900m and 3000m, it takes place at the world-famous Stelvio Pass in the Ortler mountain range.

When: 5-6-7- July 2019
Where: Sulden am Ortler, (BZ) Trentino Alto Adige
Distances: 22km 1320mD+ | 45km 3628mD+ |71km 4896mD+

Alpe Di Siusi Half Marathon

Alpe Di Siusi Half Marathon - July

21km along the vast high-altitude Alpine meadow: the Alpe di Siusi. The Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon starts right on top of the Dolomite plateau which is reached by cable car. Set in impressive surroundings, while you work up a sweat, you can admire the Sciliar-Catinaccio mountains, the Sassolungo and Sassopiatto.

When: 7 July 2019
Where: Compaccio, Castelrotto (BZ) Trentino Alto Adige
Distances: 21km 601mD+

Primiero Dolomiti Marathon

Primero Dolomito Marathon

Primiero is located in the Parco naturale di Paneveggio – Pale di San Martino, to the east of Trento. The Primeiero Dolomiti Marathon also hosts an expo and festival – “Primiero Dolomiti Party” dedicated to Dolomitic food-specialities!

When: 6 July 2019
Where: Fiera di Primero, Trento (TN) Trentino-Alto Adige
Distances: 26km 448mD+ | 46km 1212mD+ |6.5km

Brixen Dolomiten Marathon

Dolomiti Brixen Marathon

More dolomites can be enjoyed in the Dolomiten Brixen Marathon that takes place in Alto-Adige this July. This event has seen immense growth in participation in recent years and offers several distances to suit all levels of trail runners.

When: 6 July 2019
Where: Bressanone, Bolzano (BZ), Trentino-Alto Adige
Distances: 81km 4728m D+ || single/relay 42km 2450m D+ || 21km 1760m D+

SkyMarathon Rosengarten Schlern

Rosengarten Schlern SkyMarathon

The Rosengarten Schlern Sky Marathon takes place around the Rosengarten massif. Race starts is in St. Zyprian/Tiers and the highest peak is the Passo Principe/Grasleitenpass with stands at 2.610 metres above sea level. 

When: 13 July 2019
Where: Tires – Bolzano (BZ), Trentino – Alto Adige
Distances: 45km 2980m D+ | 36km 1908m D+

Maria E. BelliniMaria Elisabetta Bellini is’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.