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: Just near the hills in Castel Bolognese in the Emilia-Romagna region – northern Italy.

Any family: My wife Raffaella and my son Giacomo who’s 6 and regularly runs in various Kid’s Trail Races in Spain and Italy.

Any pets: The neighbour’s cat – which is starting to feel like ours too!

What do you do when you’re not on the trails: Me and my brother run a garage.

When did you start running: Quite late in life actually, in 2009.  Even though I’ve got mountain experience and have been hiking… for what seems like for ever! In 2010, by chance, I entered a race “Trail della Campigna” (14km) and was instantly hooked. Mountains and Running merged into one. Absolute freedom!
In May 2011 I participated in the Elba Trail 35km. What with the longer distance… and the amazing surroundings… well that’s how my love for Ultra’s started.Loris Farolfi on the Trails

Since 2013 I’ve been running with A.S.D. Leopodistica in Faenza. It’s become more than just a running club for me – we’ve become a group of friends that share the same drive and enthusiasm. Our team organises races (Krash Trail, Capraia Rock Trail, and are co-directors of the Trail del Cinghiale .ed) all kind of training sessions, hiking, and walking events for beginners, and the local community.

Where have you run other than Italy: I often run in Spain. And have run in France, Chamonix.

How did you get into running in Spain: Raffaella and I both enjoy traveling – and on a long weekend in Spain, I managed to slip in a Trail race… and it worked out really well!
We then went on to to discover the fantastic wilderness in Minorca and decided to make it a home from home… The long distance path that goes right round the island: the Cami de Cavalls is perfect both for my training sessions and also for some fun family hiking.

How do you find the logistics of entering and getting to a race in foreign country: Well in Spain, like Italy, loads of people are into Trail Running, and there are plenty of races going on all the time. Signing up to races is quite straightforward, like here in Italy.
The main differences in the Trail scene that I came across were that several aspects of organisation seems to be more basic than here, such as route markings, and aid stations – whereas others parts… like at the finish line and post race activities have an incredible party atmosphere.

What are your Bucket List Races: The UTMB of course – as on nearly every Trail runner’s Bucket List!
And something in the Spanish Pyrenees

What’s the best race you’ve run in Italy: I don’t really have a favourite one in particular… but I generally tend to go for anything in the Dolomites.

And the worst race…. I’ve still got to run it…

What’s your favourite Italian areas for Trail running: Dolomites, Dolomites and more Dolomites – the appeal that these mountains offer is unique.

What are your top tips for someone thinking about running a Trail Race in a foreign country: Carefully coordinate your flight times and all race times (bib collection and registration)
Choose a hotel as near as possible to race start/finish
And just enjoy the experience really – It’s s a great way to travel with your family or friends. Both in Italy, and abroad, it can definitely give you the ideal opportunity to visit some seriously remote places. In our case, this kind of travel has enabled us – as a family – to explore and pursue all our interests: travel, mountains, photography and trail.

What do you personally enjoy particularly about Trail Running: It enables me to experience nature and mountains at 360°. In fact during races, time takes second place.Loris Farolfi - merging passions

Tell us about your blog FotoTrail Running: Well, on the trails, I love to absorb my surroundings, and photograph different parts of the race course and special moments. Of course in some races I just can’t do this. Certain race courses demand your full attention. So I’ll always be one hundred percent respectful of the mountain environment and come properly prepared with the right equipment and a degree of reverence for my surroundings.

You can visit Loris’s Blog here:

And find him on FB & Instagram @fototrailrunning

And these are just some of the races that Loris has participated in…

Cortina Trail, Maddalene Sky Marathon, Trans D’Havet, Trail del Malandrino, Ultrabericus , Trail dell’orsa 48km, Sellaronda, Traversata Colli Euganei, Trail del Cinghiale, Lavaredo Ultra Trail, Tenerife Blue Trail, Compressport Trail Menorca Cami de Cavalls, Dolomiti Extreme Trail, Strafexpedition, Transgrancanaria, Trail dels Fars, BVG Trail, Sciacchetrail, 100km del Passatore, Marathon du Mont Blanc, Dolomites Skyrace, Primiero Marathon, Ledro SkyRace, Dolomiti di Brenta Trail, Brixen Marathon, Epic 360° Cami de Cavalls, 50km di Romagna, Limone Extreme, Stava Sky Race, Trail dell’Ulivo… and several road Marathons.

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.

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