Lago Santo Mountain Race – The Spirit of Scotland

In one of the most remote parts of the Tosco-Emiliano Apennines, on Sunday 15th of October, Trail Runners will take to the trails in the first edition of the Lago Santo Mountain Race, organized by Team Mud and Snow.

Two routes on offer: a competitive 20Km with 1400m D + and a gentler non competitive 8Km with 800m D+

So why a new race for Team Mud and Snow, we asked Race Director Francesco “Checco Mud” Misley?

“In 2014, we set up “Trail della Riva” in the “Parco dei Sassi di Roccamalatina”, in Emilia-Romagna, a classic medium-distance trail race with two route options –  34k and 20k that both go through some really lush woodland, lovely mountain villages and the fascinating landscape that makes up the unique geological formation of the “Sassi di Roccamalatina”.”

“Then in 2016 Team Mud and Snow developed the Lizzano Extreme Skyrace, a race set in the remarkable location of the Corno alle Scale Park, in the Emilia-Romagna Apennines. A fairly brutal race on technical terrain. We set out to provide a great experience to athletes who love a demanding race route in breathtaking settings.”

“And here we are today – in 2017 – bringing you the Lago Santo Mountain Race! A ‘mature’ race that sets out to unite the best traits of our other two races, merging them together into a single route –- with the whole race set above 1500 meters in altitude.”

“It’s a challenging, mountainous race route, but not restrictive as such, and can be approached by a wide range of trail runners. 6km of the route also winds through a truly magical forest in the wilderness of the Garfagnana area of Tuscany.”

img: from Lago Santo Mountain Race Facebook page
img: from Lago Santo Mountain Race Facebook page

From Barga to Scotland

The Lago Santo Mountain Race takes in Monte Giovo, and Monte Rondiniano, and part of the Barga area.
Known as the the most Scottish town in Italy – Barga, a walled town in northern Tuscany, at the beginning of the 19th century, due to hardship and extreme poverty saw mass emigration abroad.
From the surrounding area, many Italians fled their hard life in Italy and settled in Scotland.

In search of a new life and better future, they found their new home abroad, yet continued to maintain strong ties with Barga and the surrounding area, and according to a recent article in the Scotsman, over 60 per cent of the town’s 10,000 residents can claim to have Scottish relations.

Author: Hpschaefer - from Wiki commons
Author: Hpschaefer – from Wiki commons

Checco Mud – tell us more about the Race Route..

The race starts at the Rifugio Vittoria by Lago Santo and proceeds up to the striking Mount Giovo at 1990 mt. From there it leads trail runners along the Long Distance Hiking Path 00 and crosses over into Tuscany for a stretch through the dense forests of the Garfagnana and the impressive Mountain – Passetto del Rondinaio at 1850 mt – from here follows a spectacular, slightly technical descent back into Emilia-Romagna towards Lake Baccio, and the race route then winds it’s way back to the calm waters of Lake Santo. The colours will be amazing as the autumn foliage will be in full array!”

“The race is for trail runners who want to experience a fully waymarked trail race at a medium-high altitude, that doesn’t have any exposure whatsoever, or overtly technical features. It’s for everyone who wants to run in a truly magical place in the Italian Apennines; but it’s also for trail runners with a competitive spirit who want to push themselves on a course that’s exciting and rewarding.”

img: from Lago Santo Mountain Race Facebook page
img: from Lago Santo Mountain Race Facebook page

Trail Lago Santo – Race Details

When: 15th October 2017
Where: Rifugio Vittoria, Lago Santo Modenese, Pievepelago, Modena – Emilia Romagna, Italy
Distance: 20 km, 1400m D+
Other distances: 8,5km 350m D+ and 3,5km, 100m D+ non competitive run or walk
Race website: www.lagosantorace.com
Contacts: info@lagosantorace.com
Nearest Airports: Milan Linate, Bologna or Bergamo Orio Al Serio

Special Room rates available for runners, friends and family.


Maria E. BelliniMaria 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.