Star parade on the Lavaredo Ultra Trail by UTMB®. In Cortina from 23 to 26 June | MountainBlogMountainBlog

Pau Capell, Ultra Trail Lavaredo 2018. Photo by Jordi Saragossa.

Many big international names in this specialty will compete for victory in one of the most evocative scenarios in the Dolomites

This year there will be another star parade at the Lavaredo Ultra Trail with UTMB®the trail event that will take place in Cortina d’Ampezzo from June 23 to 26 and is the only Italian event of the UTMB® World Series, the circuit that began in 2022 and brings together the most famous ultras Of the world.

Born in 2007, the Lavaredo Ultra Trail by UTMB® takes place in one of the most evocative scenes of the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Cortina d’Ampezzo, the starting point and arrival of the four tests. that give life to the event ..

The four races

In the queen’s career, the Lavaredo Ultra Trail of 120 kilometers with 5,800 meters of difference of level, the German returns with number 1 Hannes Namberger, winner of last year’s edition with minutes of the course. He will try to snatch the South Tyrolean title Andreas Reiterer, who for the third time in a row became Italian long trail champion last May. Reiterer will start with the number 2 jersey and go in search of a resumption after the unfortunate Lut in 2021. “The Lavaredo Ultra Trail is one of the most important and coveted races, where you compete with many top athletes around the world. and where it runs amidst fantastic views, with a very professional organization that makes you feel at home, ”explains Reiterer. “I just had to give up and I can’t wait to be at the start.”

There was great interest in the return of one of the international benchmarks of the ultra trail, the Spanish Pau Capell. Second in 2018, the Catalan does not hide: “The Lavaredo Ultra Trail by UTMB® is one of my goals for the season” says the athlete who won the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc in 2019 and who won a few weeks ago the Patagonia Run, Argentina. “I’ve been to Cortina three times and the last time, in 2018, I finished second behind the Americans Hayden Hawks. This year? I’m just saying I want to do it right. Then, whatever the outcome, it will still be a wonderful experience: the Lut is a race where the difference in level is not excessive and where, even if you fight, you will be able to appreciate the fantastic Dolomite environment that surrounds you. Running at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo at night, accompanied by the gaze of the moon, seeing the other peaks at dawn, is a fantastic thing. So it’s nice to have so many people cheering you on. Without a doubt, it is one of the most beautiful races in the world: no matter what, I will have a great time. “

In addition to Namberger, Reiterer and Pau Capell, the focus will be on the Chinese Jiasheng Shen, Longfei Yan and Yanqiao Yun, on the blues Riccardo Borgialli, Francesco Cucco, Georg Piazza and Marco Degasperi, former mountain racing champion.

For women, eyes set on Swedish Mimmi Kotka.

Regarding the UltraDolomites 80 kilometers with 4,600 meters of elevation gain, which this year will start from San Vigilio di Marebbe, it is worth watching the Trentino. Christian Modenathird last year, and Gil Pintarelli. Among the girls, the disadvantaged are for the British Beth Pascall, winner in 2021 of the Western States 100 Endurance Run, between California and Nevada. Also pay attention to the American Kelly Wolf, first on the Lavaredo Ultra Trail in 2018, and the blue Elisa Desco, former Italian mountain race and last year’s winner of the Cortina Trail, Francesca Pretto, third in LUT 2019, and Barbara Giacomuzzi, athlete. of Cortina always protagonist in the ways of the house.

In the Curtain route (48 kilometers with 2,600 meters of elevation gain) is looking for an excellent performance from South Tyrol Daniel Jungwith several more Italians competing for the podium: da Matteo Pigoniwinner of this distance in 2017, a Nicola Giovanelli I Michele Meridio. Attention also to Spain with Pere Rullan, Miguel Arsenio, Marc Pinsach and Samuel Dávila.

Spain and Italy are also possible protagonists of the shortest race of the program, the Skyrace curtain (20 kilometers with a thousand meters of positive gradient): among the reference names are those of Antonio Martínez Pérez, Luca Del Pero and, in the match in pink, of Alice Gaggian athlete from La Valtellina whose record includes several world medals.

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