Trail races with ample cut-off times

by Maria E. Bellini This article originally appeared in Ultrarunning World 12 Time, time, time: “I shall be too late!” Depending on our level of mental clarity, chilometres, metres and minutes may all turn out to become the toxic ingredients of a thick soup of despair, slowly simmering away in our mind. Some of us […]

Pisa’s Trail Monte Penna

By Carl Johan Sörman Trail del Monte Penna, 30k, 1300 vertical meters – 4 February 2018 – Molina di Quosa Pisa, Italy It’’s Monday, one week before the race… Things are not looking too good. a) I have to shorten my daily workout due to my Achilles tendon, which has been sore for the last […]

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 […]

Trail Running Race Calendar Italy 2018

We’re pleased to announce that our 2018 trail race calendar is online. That’s 12 months of Italian trail races, from January to December 2018. Italy on Trail covers everything from the classic trail running events to the smaller trail races which take place in more unknown places. How Does it Work? The 2018 Trail Race Calendar […]

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 […]

Urban Trails in Florence and Venice

Spring into these sumptuous Italian cities with a fun Urban Trail! A major plus about entering an Urban Trail in Italy, is that you won’t need to rent a car to reach race start.  Running through some of Italy’s cities can be an awe-inspiring experience, and an excellent way to tie in your love of urban trail running together with […]

Come Hell or High Water! Trail del Cinghiale

Words by Maria E. Bellini The Show Must Go On – Trail del Cinghiale An alarming weather forecast of thunderstorms, gales and torrential rain didn’t stop 457 intrepid trail runners standing behind the start line of the Trail del Cinghiale 2017, in Plazzuolo sul Senio – Italy. Thankfully the weather forecast proved slightly off mark, […]

5 Springtime Trail Races for 2018

#1 LAGO MAGGIORE INTERNATIONAL TRAIL The Lake Maggiore International Trail will be in its 5th year in 2018. An absolutely magnificent race route, which will take you high above Lake Maggiore, where you will have some seriously crisp, breathtaking views across  mountain tops and the vast expanse of the blue waters of one of Italy’s most […]

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 […]

October 2017 Trails – Early Sunsets and Morning Mists

October is a lovely month to spend some time in Italy. The passionate intensity of the full-on Italian summer matures into the elegance of Autumn. Not only does the summer heat fade into a gentler warmth,  colours take on earthier tones, light is conciliating, and a simple walk through the woods becomes a passage through harmony. October – So […]

5 Late Summer Sun Kissed Trail Races

Is your ‘runner’s tan’ fading? Chase the sun and head off to these superb late summer – early autumn trail races in Italy. Guaranteed to postpone even a whisper of those winter blues tapping on your door. So jump on a low cost flight, and escape to a weekend of Trail-running Dolce Vita, and stock up on your […]

Trail Running Around Dante’s Rock

by Maria E. Bellini Coming up soon on September the 3rd 2017 in Castelnovo ne’ Monti – in the Reggio-Emilia Apennines, is the much loved Trail della Pietra – The ‘Rock Trail’ – and when we say ‘rock‘ – which is the translation of ‘pietra‘… we mean a BIG one… none other than the Bismantova […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Reasons to Run The Ecomaratona Del Ventasso

We won’t lie… this is a tough 42km trail race. With a couple of notoriously steep climbs, the Ventasso Ecomarathon – named after Mount Ventasso – the 1727 meter mountain that runners summit, is demanding. Each July, for the past 15 years the Ventasso Ecomarathon, that takes place in the Reggio-Emilia Apennines in Emilia-Romagna, has welcomed runners […]

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 […]

5 Reasons To Be Part Of The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail Experience

Whether you run the full 120km of the The North Face® Lavaredo Ultra Trail or whether you go for the medium distance of the Cortina Trail, or whether you wish to run fast and hard in the Cortina Skyrace… or even if you are ‘just’ there to accompany trail running friends or family. Whatever the […]

Ecomaratona del Ventasso – Ventasso Trail Marathon

Experience The History of Trail! Now in it’s 15th year, this is one of Italy’s oldest and most well respected Trail Races. Each year on the second Sunday of July several hundred italian and international trail runners hit the trails in the Appennino Reggiano – Reggio-Emilia’s Apennines – and tackle the grueling 42k race route that […]

A Morning in Badia Prataglia and a Camera

by Maria E. Bellini It was a steaming day here in Parma, a climate more akin to the tropics than to northern Italy. The week look set to be a long one, and even my phone’s ID technology wouldn’t recognize my sweaty index finger as I prodded away at the screen trying to access my messages. Eventually […]

Lizzano Extreme Skyrace – Thrills In the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines

Where Does The Race Take Place? The thrilling Lizzano Extreme Skyrace, extreme not only by name… Set in Emilia-Romagna, the Lizzano Extreme Skyrace takes place on June 18th 2017 – along the demanding trails of the Corno alle Scale Regional Park high up in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines just south of the University City of Bologna. The Corno alle Scale Park, […]