Words by Maria E. Bellini – Photos by Loris Farolfi, Foto Trail Running
With a combination of the ancient, rambling wilderness of the Mugello in Tuscany, along with the lively forested hills of Romagna, the setting for the “Trail del Cinghiale“ trail race is by no means ordinary. Runners will be scampering along the trails in a rhythmic journey of sprightly ups and downs, in the secretive area where Tuscany meets Emilia-Romagna.
The race starts in Palazzuolo sul Senio, a small town tucked away in northern Tuscany. Untouched by the masses it gives visitors a chance to immerse themselves in a charming setting defined by Medieval and Renaissance architecture and monuments that bear testimony to the area’s noble past.
Easy to get to, either from Florence or Bologna. The Trail del Cinghiale is one of Italy’s top international races and has seen the participation of trail runners from over 50 different countries throughout past editions.
For the 2017 edition, “Trail of the Wild Boar” as it translates to, has moved race headquarters – start and finish, several miles into Tuscany to provide participants a wider range of comforts and facilities. On offer is an ample choice of accommodation, restaurants, and cafes, plus plenty of activities to do and see in the vicinity.
The Trail del Cinghiale takes place on November 25-26 2017 and starts in Palazzuolo sul Senio.
Three race routes make up the Trail del Cinghiale
30 km D+2000 mt Max time limit – 7 hours
60 km D+4000 mt Max time limit – 14 hours
90 km D+6000 mt Max time limit – 21 hours
Need some points for the UTMB? Look no further. With 5 Itra Points for the 90km, 4 for the 60 and 2 for the 30km, this is an absolutely great race to top up your ranking in anticipation of the UTMB race lottery.
Race directors can be contacted for any queries you may have:
Entries will close on 15 November 2017 or at the maximum number of participants: 30k: 150, 60k: 150, 90k: 200
Hotel and B&B’s in the area:
You will need to carry a requested kit at all times, as is common in most Italian Trail races, you can read our article on common items generally requested.
The Trail del Cinghiale requires:
- 1 tire of water, use bladder, or water bottles, or soft flasks.
- Drinking cup
- Race bib
- Emergency foil blanket
- Trail shoes
- Head torch with spare batteries
- Rainproof and waterproof jacket with a rating of at least 10,000mm or above.
- Race chip
- Mobile phone with race emergency numbers
- Food (solids) with at least 500 calories or above
- Road book or gps tracks
Poles are allowed
From a logistics point of view Palazzuolo sul Senio is pretty easy to get to. The nearest airports are Florence 27 mi (or 43.5 km) and Bologna 50 mi (82km).
Travel by train – nearest station is Marradi-Palazzuolo sul Senio, which is on the Faenza-Florence route.
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Maria 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.