by Maria E. Bellini

The mysterious Bucamante Waterfalls, in the province of Modena are part of the setting for the long awaited race – the Trail del Bucamante Reloaded 2017.

This medium length Trail running event gets down to some serious elevation with over 1900m in 35km! Part of the Uisp Emilia Romagna Trail Series, this top event has also been selected as this years final in the Trofeo delle Regioni – the Uisp National Trail Running Championships and will see trail running teams participating from across Italy.

Now in its 5th edition the Trail del Bucamante has significantly grown in popularity over the years, attracting trail runners from all over the north of Italy along with an extremely loyal local fan base.

img credit: from Trail Del Bucamante's Facebook page
img credit: from Trail Del Bucamante’s Facebook page

So What Makes The Trail Del Bucamante Such A Well Loved Race?

Right from the race start in hills above Serramazzoni, the race route takes runners through some stunning Italian scenery, with some extra special ingredients – the “Bucamante” waterfalls, lush green forests, the volcanic rock formations of Varana, hilly, rural countryside, delightful villages with romantic time-worn stone farmhouses and the medieval castle of Monfestino.

photo credit: from Trail Del Bucamante's Facebook page
photo credit: from Trail Del Bucamante’s Facebook page

The notable Bucamante waterfalls are legendary, and takes their name from the dramatic legend of Odina and Titiro. A story of an impossible love that came to be between an aristocratic girl and a humble shepherd boy. Aware that their love for each other would never be accepted, united, they hurtled themselves to oblivion into the tempestuous waters and the mossy gorge that was to become their final resting point…

photo credit: from Trail Del Bucamante's Facebook page
photo credit: from Trail Del Bucamante’s Facebook page

The Trail del Bucamante offers two race routes to choose from, a 35km – 19200m D+, that includes an exciting crono VK called “The Devils Shovel” (integrated into the race) or the shorter distance of 15km and 800m D+, plus 12k walking / nordic walking event open to everyone with a route that goes directly to the Bucamante Waterfalls, plus several kids races with a range of age groups from 5-15 years catered for.

Post Race Activities

Eat and Drink

  • Tigelle – small rounds of dough cooked in a traditional pan
  • Gnocco Fritto – squares of dough deep fried and served with cured hams and salami
  • Tortellini – stuffed pasta
  • Lambrusco – bubbly red wine

Easy to get to – nearest airport is Bologna, means that this is a great race to include as part of a long weekend to Italy.

More about Serramazzoni – Modena: official website

Trail del Bucamante Race official website: http://www.running330.it/trail-bucamante/

Italy on Trail’s – guide to Emilia-Romagnaregion where the race takes place

Italy on Trail’s – Trail del Bucamante race guide entry  2017 Calendar

 

photo credit: from Trail Del Bucamante's Facebook page
photo credit: from Trail Del Bucamante’s Facebook page

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.