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.

If you’re after snow then check out the Cortina Snow Trail in the Dolomites at the end of February and the Dolomiti Winter Trail in the beginning of March.

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

Soak up some culture and head to the Veneto region for the Duerocche Trail or go down to sunny Apulia for a week’s trail running holiday and the Gargano Trail Running and Trekking week.

As the weather gets milder the skyrace season starts, why not try the Trentapassi Skyrace or the Valle Varaita Trail.

For some down to earth, super friendly races try the Trail del Salame in Parma, or the Trail della Riva in Modena, both in Emilia Romagna.

Also in June you can run some of the classics like the Dolomiti Extreme Trail and the Ledro Skyrace.

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.

September holds some great skyraces with the ZacUP Skyrace del Grignone, the Transpelmo and the Rosetta Skyrace to name a few.

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 feeland field – head straight to Lago d’Orta and the Lago D’Orta Ultra Trail.

November brings us the Trail del Cinghiale, which we’ve covered here, and in December the popular Via Lattea Night trail high up in the Val Susa, in Piedmont.

Don’t Forget!

Multi-language Websites

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.

Official Websites

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.

Shorter Distances

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 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.