Get ready to virtually run the Lavaredo Ultra Trail

Some of the top runners who took part to the past editions, will run this year on the Cortina Trail route while hundreds of athletes will compete on the same distance in every part of the world.

The last weekend of June, Cortina d’Ampezzo would have once again hosted over 5,000 runners from all over the world, on the occasion of the 14th edition of the La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 emergency has prevented the event from taking place, but the organizers still want to give a sign of continuity by proposing a virtual race on a 48 km route with a positive height gain of 2.600 metres. The mechanism is very simple: it will be sufficient to download an APP, open it and run up the expected distance, wherever you are in the world. And so, from 6am on Saturday 27th to 11pm on Sunday 28th June, trail running enthusiasts will be able to choose their departure time and join in this virtual challenge.  

But there will also be a number of runners who will really race in the Ampezzo Dolomites: on Saturday 27th June some of the strongest Italian athletes will start out from Corso Italia including: Marco De Gasperi, Elisa Desco, Fabio Di Giacomo, Michele Evangelisti, Gabriele Fior, Roberto Mastrotto, Christian Modena, Georg Piazza, Francesca Pretto, Francesco Trenti. With the aid of cameras and satellite connection, the top runners will broadcast their race live on the Facebook page of the Lavaredo Ultra Trail and of the title sponsor La Sportiva.

Registration for the Virtual Lavaredo Ultra Trail is free. “This is not a race - specify Simone Brogioni and Cristina Murgia, event organizers- there will be no prizes or official rankings, but only a final survey of all times and a downloadable participation certificate.  The aim is to give continuity to an international event, trying to encourage runners to run wherever they are in the world, in compliance with current regulations, but ensuring that they feel close to the Dolomite mountain protagonists of LUT”. 

Support for the initiative came from the Municipal Administration of Cortina d’Ampezzo: “the La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail is a regular event for our town – said the Mayor Gianpietro Ghedina- and we are happy that, even if in a virtual way,  the last weekend of June will be dedicated to this event which has now entered the hearts of all the inhabitants of Cortina.

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