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 is divided by months where the races are listed. Each race listing has a link to its own page, where you can find basic information regarding dates, location, route info, site and contact info.
Some pages also have tips on what you can see or do in the area for some after race fun and relaxation.
So if you’re feeling ready for adventure, and have never raced in Italy, why not make 2018 the year you run your first Italian Trail race, we’ve prepared a guide on how to choose your first trail race.
At time of writing (January 2018) not all race websites have been updated to provide 2018 information. Therefore you may find that the race page still has 2017 details. This is indicated by the words “2017 Race details” (in red) at the top of the page. We’ll be updating the calendar at regular intervals, as soon as 2018 details come through.
2018 Calendar Highlights
January, February, March
There are plenty of opportunities to run in Tuscany, with the Ronda Ghibellina at the end of January and then in February the Brunello Crossing. In March you can run the Florence EcoTrail and the Chianti Ultra Trail… and also the Capraia Rock Trail on the Tuscan Island of Capraia.
The highly popular Ultrabericus returns in March, with race start and finish in the spectacular main square in the centre of Vicenza! Or for a taste of the sultry south you can enjoy the Amalfi Coast Trail.
The Amalfi Coast Trail
April, May, June
July, August, September
The snow ‘should’ have melted in the high mountains by now, so head to the Alps and Dolomites, but prepare well for those climbs – check out our article about walking up hills and in trail races.
The Aosta Valley brings us the La Thuile Trail, the New Balance Cervino X Trail, Gran Trail Courmayeur and the Monte Rosa Walser Trail and that’s just in July! For something adventurous try the Etna Trail on Sicily’s impressive volcano or the Orobie Ultra Trail in Bergamo’s prealps.
At the end of August UTMB® fever hits the Alps in Europe, but the whole month is dotted with some fantastic trail races for those that won’t be in Chamonix and Couyrmayeur, such as the Monviso Trail, and of course 2018 will be the year of the Trofeo Kima in Lombardy’s Val Masino.
The Etna Trail – taking place in Sicily
October, November & December
For some autum and winter trail running, Parma’s Tartufo Trail Running manages to give the full Apennine autumn experience. The Morenic Trail in Piedmont takes runners along the geological wonder that’s the Morainic Amphitheater of Ivrea. For a bit of fizz try the Prosecco Trail in Veneto.
And for an international feel – and field – head straight to Lago d’Orta and the Lago D’Orta Ultra Trail.
Not all Italian Trail Running races have English, German or French pages (although plenty of the big ones do!), so you may have to resort to google translate. Don’t be put off, as some amazing trail running experiences can be had in low key events, where for one reason or another the race organization doesn’t stretch to having a multi language race website. It’s important to note that nearly all trail running events require you to carry mandatory kit, so make sure you get your vocabulary right, for a guide on kit read our article here.
Italy on Trail 2018 – An Evolving Calendar
We’re continuously updating Italy on Trail’s calendar, this is a ‘work’ in progress website, as the trail running scene evolves throughout the year. So check back often to see any changes, and for any new trail races we may have added.
Always keep in mind that we get our information directly form the race’s websites. This information can change throughout the course of time. So always refer to the official race’s website itself for all up-to-date information to avoid disappointment.
And lastly, we don’t list all Italian trail running events on our website. At present, we tend to list races longer than 15km (with a few exceptions). Most Italian Trail running events tend to have at least two distances (but plenty have more) and the shorter distance can be anywhere from 10km to 20km… So be sure to check out all the races that inspire you.
If you’re not after the longer distances why not consider one of the spectacular shorter skyraces, that take place throughout the summer months usually held in Italy’s Alps and Dolomites? What these races lack in the kilometers they generously make up for in ascent and altitude running with tough climbs and steep downhills, and sometimes with technical terrain and exposure, all factors which can outweigh many of the difficulties of a ‘standard’ more ‘runnable’ ultra. Check out the international Skyrunning website for more details.
Get in Touch
If you’ve had experience of trail or mountain running in Italy, we’d really love to hear your story. So why not drop us a line?!
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.