Next up in Italy’s 2016 race calendar is the rather ominously named “Wild Boar Trail”
by Maria E. Bellini
This popular trail, taking place on Saturday 26th November is now in it’s fifth year. It offers four distances: 30Km D+1800, 44Km D+3000, 60Km D+4000 and a whopping 90Km D+5200.
The 30, 44 & 60km routes start in Casola Valsenio in the Emilia Romagna Apennines, however the 90km race route starts and finishes in nearby Palazzuolo sul Senio, in Tuscany.
The Trail del Cinghiale attracts many international athletes as the UTMB qualifying points available to finishers of all distances and the extremely friendly atmosphere of the organising committee, marshals and locals, plus the added bonus of being within 70k to Bologna International Airport, means that it ticks plenty of trail runners’ boxes.
A colourful burst of fireworks (in race tradition) accompany an early morning start. You’ll be guaranteed the spectacular view of twinkling headtorches dancing tightly up the hills, and the race gets under way with a magical, silent, almost zen atmosphere.
Race course is mainly through woodland in typical Apennine terrain, plenty of hills, and also depending on the weather… there can be generous amounts of mud. Trail shoes with a good grip are essential.
The race website www.traildelcinghiale.com is also in English, and has all sorts of useful information for foreign athletes making it a very good race to add to your Italian running adventures bucket list.
But beware, competition is tough! Last year 430 athletes took part.
In 2015 – the 86k saw joint first place for Ivan Geronazzo (Alpstation Trail Team) and Jimmy Pellegrini (Triathlon Alto Adige) in 09:51:41 and for the women: Denise Zimmermann (Team Salomon Sunnto) in 12:00:35.
Winners of the 60k were Giulio Piana (Team Mud & Snow) in 6:36:25 and Michela Lorusso (Team Rocca Runner) in 10:20:07
The 44k was dominated by Ramussen Søren (Denmark) coming in at 05:00:55 and the unstoppable Lisa Borzani (Amatori Atletica) in 06:15:36
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.