Carl Johan Sörman Runs The CCC® 2018…

I’m standing at the starting line of the biggest event in my race calendar this year, the CCC®. For the first time I will run in the Alps – from Courmayeur, via Champex in Switzerland and further on towards Chamonix. A distance of 100k and with about 6000 lovely vertical meters! By Carl Johan Sörman […]

UTMB® The Winners since 2013

by Maria E. Bellini – ing credit: Francesco Pedroni This article was originally published in Italian for Mud and Snow Blog and has been translated and adapted for Italy on Trail 2018 It’s nearly the end of August 2018 In a few days time, in France’s sleek Chamonix, some of the worlds strongest trail runners will […]

UTMB® – 2018 Ballot Results Announced

by Maria E. Bellini The UTMB® 2018 race entry list was announced today, as the results of the registration ballot were published online at 10.00am (GMT+1). With a limited number of places available across all events making it a tough race to get into…. let alone – run! Registrations closed on January 3rd with entry numbers running […]

Aosta Valley – Mountains, Nature and Trails

by Maria E. Bellini Where is the Aosta Valley? Tucked up in the most north western part of the country is Italy’s smallest region, The Aosta Valley – in Italian – Valle d’Aosta. Bordering with France and Switzerland, this region is characterized by it’s large mountains and dramatic valleys. The Aosta Valley has a strong […]

UTMB® 2018 – Going For a Win in The Lottery

You may have entered a certain ‘Christmas Lottery’ that’s taking place right now – from 14th of December to 3rd January 2018. Like other lotteries, this one involves numbers: “171” and 10,300” being two of the key numbers that make up the ‘prize’. So what do you win? Just a medium sized square made from […]

UTMB® registration opens 14 December to 3 January

In the cover photo all the glory of the UTMB © img. courtesy of UTMB® 2017 “utmb17-utmb-ag-00-0009a” COLLECTION UTMB 2017-PRESSE It’s that nail-biting time of year again… No, we’re not talking about choosing which socks to get your favourite uncle for Christmas. We’re talking about planning the sacred dates of trail running. What will you […]

Val Grande – Wilderness in Piedmont

Words by Maria E. Bellini It’s hard to find an exact Italian counterpart for the word Wilderness. The word “selvaggio” means “wild” and can be used to describe a person, a situation – implicating that something has taken place outside a set of rules (it can be used beside the word ‘parcheggio ‘ giving us the […]

Piedmont – Mountains, Good Food & Wine

by Maria E. Bellini Where is Piedmont? Sprawled over the north-western part of Italy, sharing some of its mountains with France and Switzerland – Italy’s second largest region: Piedmont or Piemonte, as it’s called in Italian, also shares its borders with the Italian regions of Valle D’Aosta, Liguria and Lombardy, and for a tiny part with […]

A Selection of Trails – Chasing The Sun

If you’re traveling to Italy this September, why not try one of these end of summer trail races? September – What makes this a good month for an Italian trail race? Well, the heat will have eased off significantly. The holiday crowds will be less – in respect to July and August. Hotel and accommodation prices should be lower […]

An Introduction to C.A.I. Italy’s Mountaineering Association

by Maria E. Bellini C.A.I. The Italian Alpine Club – Taking Care of Italy’s Trails and More This is the first, in a series of articles about “C.A.I. Club Alpino Italiano”, Italy’s principle Mountaineering Association. Here we present a brief overview of what C.A.I. is all about. About C.A.I. The main Italian association responsible for the maintenance […]

Preparing for the Trails in Italy with Martin John Trout

Interview by Maria E. Bellini Spring is in full swing, with the sun eagerly knocking at the door, as hot Italian weather seeps into everyday life. Escape to the trails and you won’t be alone. Outdoor lovers are out and about as the hiking and trail running season sprightly blossoms into summer. I tracked down […]

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 […]

Dolomites – Lets get started

Dolomites at a Glance by Maria E. Bellini Where are they? The Italian Dolomites – the spectacular, vast mountain range is part of the Alps in north eastern Italy. Extending over three regions: Veneto, Trentino-Alto Adige and Friuli-Venezia Giulia, they attract thousands of adventure enthusiasts each year. The Dolomites are not to be considered as a continuous […]

UTMB® – 2017 ballot results announced

Italy – 12 January 2017 The UTMB® 2017 race entry list was announced today, as the results of the registration ballot were published online at 10.00am (GMT+1). With only 2300 places available means it’s a tough race to get into. Considered to be The Mecca of Trail Races – The UTMB®  has grown substantially from the 700 […]

UTMB® Race registration open until January 4th 2017

So what will you be doing between August 28th to September 3rd 2017? Amongst other things you could be running across the Alps in the UTMB® As of December 15th 2016 the UTMB® race registration is open. If you can tear yourself away from your mince pies over Christmas, bear in mind that you have until 4th […]

New race route to be added to the epic TOR DES GÉANTS®

Welcome “TOT DRET”! So it’s official?! 2017 will see the introduction of a new route to the super-mammoth race TOR DES GÉANTS® in September. News started spreading across social media as race organisers VDA Trailers added the race details to Spirito Trail’s (Italy’s leading Trail Magazine & Forum) online Trail Race Calendar. The new race is stated […]

The Partition of the Alps

101 Italy on Trail – Mountains – the basics! by Maria E. Bellini “The Partition of the Alps” Stretching approximately 1,200 km across eight countries –  France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Slovenia, the Alps are Europe’s largest mountain range forming a rainbow shaped arc that touches along all of northern Italy. Along with the Apennines, the Alps form […]

An Introduction to the Alps and Apennines

101 Italy on Trail – Mountains – The Basics! by Maria E. Bellini Introducing Italy’s two major mountain ranges…the mighty Alps and the wild Apennines…Both offer plenty of spectacular trails and routes that will fuel your love for trail running and hiking in incredible settings at whatever speed you wish. The Alps cover the width of […]