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 […]

The Pursuit of an Unknown Ending

by Martin J. Trout Process Oriented vs. Goal Oriented “I can train and plan and do all that I can to try and achieve my goals, but at the end of the day I really don’t know what will happen. But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t try. Because regardless of what happens, there 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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Top up your UTMB® points in Italy!!

In the photo – HAWKS Hayden, POMMERET Ludovic, SWIERC Marcin at he CCC®  2017 – IMG CREDIT: © UTMB® – photo: Alexandre Girbal Were you blown away by this year’s coverage of the UTMB® Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc? There was some truly amazing live coverage going on, and we’re pretty sure that this must have […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]