Roberto “Bob” Mattioli – Adventurer, Sportsman, Explorer

This week we talk to Roberto “Bob” Mattioli – Adventurer, Sportsman, Explorer. Part of the first batch of Skyrunners that formed the backbone of this exciting sport in the mid 1990’s, Mattioli together with partner Stefania Zarotti later participated in many challenging expeditions across the globe, and together with Team Pedini-Iret has been on the podium many […]

Ben Mounsey – Discovering Italy

cover img courtesy of Dave Macfarlane http://dmtwo.media/ Ben Mounsey has raced in some pretty amazing places, and participated in many epic events in recent years, having gained some great achievements, representing both Yorkshire, England and Great Britain at numerous European and International mountain running events. Ben runs for the Calder Valley Fell Runners and Stainland Lions, and […]

Carl Johan Sörman – Winner of the Trail del Cinghiale

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Carl Johan Sörman is from Sweden but currently based in Italy. Although he started some road running at a young age, due to work, injury and a small child, training was inconsistent and ever more dwindling. “I used to read running magazines about ultra marathons in Europe, and I thought, one day… […]

Michael Scogings – From Peru, to U.S.A. and Italy

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Currently living in the U.S., we first met half Peruvian half Irish, ultra runner Michael Scogings at the Laverdo Ultra Trail earlier this year. Scoggins is an accomplished ultra-runner with a wealth of running experience accumulated across the globe. With high altitudes and the wonders of the rain forest as […]

Katia Figini – Adventurer

Interview by Maria E. Bellini We chat to top Italian athlete Katia Figini, who in Italy is often referred to as the “Desert Queen” due to the fact that she’s successfully raced in plenty of deserts worldwide. Katia, a trail running and natural running instructor, as well as a certified sports coach, currently lives and works […]

Ermanna Boilini – Finding TOR

Interview by Maria E. Bellini We meet super energetic Ermanna Boilini, who recently finished the Tor Des Géants 2017. Born in 1957 in the tiny village of Lama Mocogno, high up in the Apennines in Emilia-Romagna. Ermanna now lives and works near the city of Modena, but every weekend she heads back to Lama Mocogno, where […]

Trail and the City – with Massimo Guidobaldi

by Maria E. Bellini Rome is a sexy city! Wandering through it’s varied centre is like diving into a history book. Surrounded by centuries and centuries of diversity, from the ancient empire of Rome, to narrow medieval streets, right through to the elegance of the Renaissance and the lavish Baroque fountains. Spend an afternoon or […]

From Espoo to Mount Ventasso, Reggio-Emilia

by Maria E. Bellini Espoo – Finland – Winter 2016 Hans Swahn was wondering what to do with his forthcoming holiday break. He had an incredible three months off work lined up for summer 2017. What was termed as an extended break. He shuffled the papers on his desk, and slowly breathed in the cool, calming environment […]

Panagiotis Ionannidis – Running For Team Greece

by Maria E. Bellini Badia Prataglia – Italy 2017 Trail Sacred Forests, Trail Running World Championships  The course was fast. Too fast. A surreal silence deadened the sound of hundreds of rapid footsteps beating down on the dry forest path. Skinny chinks of fierce sunlight filtered through the tall trees briefly illuminating runners before they disappeared […]

Adam Hewey – Experiencing Food and the Trails

Adam Hewey is a busy person! Between training and racing – he recently placed 24th (in 31:50) at the Hardrock 100 Endurance Run 2017, co-directing the Needles 50k in Washington (which took place just a week after the Hardrock!), organizing the Cascade Crest 100 in August, writing for cascadiadam.blogspot.it and running a successful food company, Adam […]

Fresh from the Lavaredo – Eric Lechat & Oksana Riabova

The Trails, the Outdoors and Shared Passions, Connecting People – Eric Lechat and Oksana Riabova  Interview by Maria E. Bellini Oksana Riabova and Eric Lechat (only friends!) met thanks to the The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail. Eric, who lives in France had decided to drive to the race start in Cortina, Italy –and was offering […]

Mary Jean Bujdos – Celebrating The Trails

We recently met up with Mary Jean Bujdos from Indiana, Pennsylvania – U.S.A. part of the Indiana Road Runners Club whilst she was here in sunny northern Italy. Mary Jean, an Italian Instructor with St. Francis University was here in Italy for the month of May, and as keen runner was tempted onto the trails…. And at the […]

Martin Trout – A Gentleman on the Trails

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Meet Martin John Trout – an Ultra runner and Mountaineer living in Italy. Originally from Harrow, London U.K. Martin has been working in the Perfume Industry for over 30 years. Married with two children, and a long-haired Jack Russell terrier (who is also his training partner), Martin is often to be found on the trails! Other than running […]

Contemplating the UTMB® – Chasing a dream

Fabrizio Foglia lives in Tabiano Bagni – in the hilly countryside near the city of Parma, Emilia-Romagna – Italy. Passionate about mountains and sport he initially took up Trail running as part of cross-training in preparation for mountaineering and cross-country skiing. Fabrizio has participated in over 30 Cross-country ski marathons including the Marcialonga. Ultrarunner since 2009, Fabrizio has participated in over 100 […]

Michele Pini & Monica Testa

  Runners and bloggers – both in full time jobs – often accompanied on the trails by their three young sons and Snow, an Alaskan Malamute. Interview by Maria E. Bellini They live in Salsomaggiore, a historical SPA town in Emilia-Romagna, Italy. They met at a relay running event, having been put on the same […]

Loris Farolfi – Merging Passions

Loris Farolfi, Italian Trail Runner and Photography Blogger Interview by Maria E. Bellini Italyontrail takes time out with Loris to find out about how he merged his three passions – Trail running, photography and travel. Name: Loris Farolfi Age: 44 Photography blog http://fototrailrunning.blogspot.it/ find him on Facebook & Instagram @fototrailrunning Where do you live in Italy: […]