The La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail marks the return of international travel to Cortina
The La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail, a spectacular night trail running competition of 120km, will be back in Cortina on 25th June 2021 for its 14th edition, after a virtual edition in 2020. The competition, one of the most important trail running events worldwide, will mark the return of international travel to Cortina with its roughly 1,800 participants, 51% of which are international athletes, especially from France, Poland and the UK.
The La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail, worth 5 ITRA points, will start at 11 p.m. in Corso Italia, in the town center of Cortina, and will continue all night long. The maximum time limit to complete the race is 30 hours, but the first runner is expected to cross the finish line in just about 12 hours and 20 minutes.
The 120 km racetrack goes through some of the most scenic spots of the Dolomites, including Mount Cristallo, the Tofane, Cinque Torri and Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The maximum altitude is Forcella Lavaredo (2,450 m) and the longest climb, along Val Travenanzes, is 1,200 m, for a total elevation gain of 5,800 m throughout the race.
In addition to the main race, there are three additional trail running competitions: the Cortina Skyrace (20 km and 1,000 m+), the Cortina Trail (48 km and 2,600 m+, with 1,700 entries) and the UltraDolomites (80 km and 4,100 m+, with 1,000 entries), which has the distinctive trait of having a different starting point every year.
It is no coincidence that these competitions take place in Cortina, the running paradise in the Italian Alps. The mountain town offers running enthusiasts a wide variety of trails of different lengths and difficulty, surrounded by very diverse landscapes in the heart of the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites, from the high mountains to the enchanted woods, from high altitude glades to trails between lakes and streams in the Natural Park of the Ampezzo Dolomites.
Further information about the four running competitions:
Cortina Skyrace – 24 June
The ring-route Trail Running Race starts at 5 p.m. on June 24 from Cortina and continues uphill on the amazing Forcella Zumeles gully and ends back in Cortina’s historical center. Its 20 km and 1,000 m of positive difference in altitude can be completed in a maximum time of 3,5 hours.
La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail – 25-26 June
The last weekend of June, Cortina d’Ampezzo will host again runners from all over the world for the 14th edition of the La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail with 120km, an elevation gain of 5.800 m+ and a time limit of 30 hours.
The amazing night running competition will start at 11 p.m. from Corso Italia and go through some of the most scenic parts of the Dolomites – Mount Cristallo, the Tofane, the Cinque Torri and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo – and will feature some of the sport’s best athletes.
Cortina Trail – 25 June
The 48 km ring-route starts and ends in Cortina’s Corso Italia. The path encompasses the Tofane, the Cinque Torri and Croda da Lago and has a 2,600 m positive difference in altitude. 1700 runners from all over the world will compete, starting the race at 09 a.m. of June 25 with a time limit of 12 hours.
UltraDolomites – 26 June
This race has the distinctive trait of having a different starting point every year but always ending in Piazza Dibona in Cortina d’Ampezzo. On its first edition, the starting place has been in Auronzo di Cadore and this year, for its second edition, the 80 km race will start from Sesto at 08 a.m. on June 26.
The 1000 athletes will most likely reach the finish line at around 3:30 p.m., after going through a path with 4,100 m of positive difference in altitude and some of the most enchanting landscapes of the Dolomites.
Further information: https://ultratrail.it/en/
Photo credits: Giacomo Pompanin
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