60 km through the nice landscape of the province ravenna.
The trail is sometimes technical, with parts along unpaved roads.
Street sings saying that boars are crossing the road and that you should take care of. The name of the trail is named “trail of the boars (cinghiale)” .
We had been lucky, that is wasn’t raining the whole day.
But it was still slippery and muddy from the day before.
A week before the temperatures have been around 15 degrees, but short before race day they dropped to
6-9. So it was a very good weather for running. Maybe as an Italian i would not say that.
It was differently predicted though. The forecast a week ago, was saying that there could be snow. A few day before the race it changed to raining a lot. So i started with a rain coat, although it was not raining at all. Many have been wearing rain jackets. Funny enough, after an hour i was wet. But not because of the rain, because of the jacket i sweated a lot with and it’s not as transparent as all vendors try to tell you. In the end its a rain coat that is water proof and that will also let no water out. So my clothes have been wet for a long time of the run.
Food and supplies have been very good. Getting some Italian special sweets. Some nice warm cups of ice tea have been very helpful. Even a beer barrel has been available. Just i wonder who took a cup of and was able to finish in time. But who knows.
There has been check point for about every 7 km. Which is quite frequently. You do not have to refill you drinking backup every time.
It have been two rounds for the 60km trail. One round has been divided into two parts. There has been also a 42 km trail which covered only the first three parts. So after the first round you come back to the start, where you go for another 30 km. The markings have been very good. The second round i was running most of the time on my one but i had never a problem finding the path. The race started at 6 o’clock and i managed to get back during daylight.
I have lost my navigation device during the race, but luckily i recognized that quite quickly and after about 1 km
going back i found it on the path. Next time i have to think about another way of storing it inside my backpack.
Next time i will also run with the advanced skin 12 from Salomon. At my old backpack i had this pocket just right at the belt around the hips. but i forgot to close the zipper and i lost it very quickly.
Many people came there for the 2 UTMB points. Because it had been one of the last races before the 19.12. when the inscription for the UTMB will be available.
I met a guy from Sweden, that made all the way to Italy for this race.
So for now i have all 7 points together and wait for the registration become available.
Just 10 km before the finish i have seen a rote of boars just crossing my way 50m in front of me very quickly. So watch our for boars and the trail of the boars. You might miss one.
- grading overall: 7 pts
- difficulty: 5 pts
- markings: 10 pts
- organisation: 10 pts
- food: 8 pts
- costs: 7 pts
- fun: 9 pts