Nice run in a beautiful landscape with a perfect organization and very friendly and helpful supporters.
I arrived by car from the direction of Switzerland. You have to take account of the highway fees. Going to and going back had been about 30 euros altogether.
Also there might be a lot of traffic from and to Italy around Mailand (Milano). The hotel with three stars has been just fine and very good.
The weather was in between 5 and 10 degrees. The sun had glimpsed sometimes through and sent some warm beams to all runners.
The race started at the great Piazza dei Signori in Vicenza, in the middle of the town at 10 o’clock in the morning. This has been quite a reasonable time. Since many races start very early. The last could finish until 23:30 in the night. There had been about 700 registrations. 600 managed to get into the finish.
About every 10 – 15 km, there had been a checkpoint, with all what you wanted: orange, banana, figs, water, iso drinks, salted nuts, cheese, cake, biscuits and so on.
The race was also open for twin teams. They run both one half of the race. The winner was about 6 hours. It was a not very technical race, with some single trails and not difficult gradients.
If your close to Valkenswaard (near Einhoven), you should have a look at Scarabee. The shop has a lot of trail running brands like salomon, north face. And they have everything to try out and are very helpful. And they know their stuff and can give you many tips and hints if you want. all i know of are trail runners themselves. Also they have a lot of shoes from Merrell, Fivefingers, La Sportiva. Everything you can think of. Also shipment if free if you order from Europe.
Today i got my official confirmation letter. After that i had still to register for the race, but now i’m registered for the UTMB. I still have to send my doctors certificate and hopefully will complete this last task by the end of this week. I have kept my coefficient of two for the next year 2014.
For those who do not know what i’m talking about or just want to get an impression of the race:
All in all there have been so many runners trying to get a starting place. Every year there are more runners trying to get a race number. I have read about 10.000 runners trying to register. Not only UTMB, but for CCC, TDS and PTL altogether. But still there are a lot. So i thought, why not do it this year. I have put so many effort into preparation already until now. So, what will be the situation next year. So i decided to take the race this year.