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Cortina Trail

23-Jun-2018 Cortina d'Ampezzo (BL), Dolomites, Italy

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47KM / 29Miles
1 Day - 800 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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Beginner

Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.

Intermediate

Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.

Advanced

Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.

Expert

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.

Brutal

Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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Simon-Bourke

03:05 29-07-18

Cor Tina!
This was my first time running in the Dolomites, and what a stunning place. I enjoyed the scenery so much I was even contemplating next year doing the Ultra Trail. However at 2.5 times the distance that may a little too much for me. This was my 11th ultra-trail and was the best of the lot in terms of scenery and all around atmosphere.
The race starts and finishes in the town of Cortina, and with three races taking place over the weekend, there is a real festival atmosphere. The race starts quite late for an ultra, at 10am, which means if you are running at a slow pace you will need a head torch.
The start takes you through the town and then along a gradually ascending road before leaving to hit the trail where you ascend steadily through woodland. This was only my second trail race outside England, (previous was the Mont Blanc Marathon), so I am not used to having to the dodge the plethora of ski poles.
Cups are not provided at nearly all the checkpoints, and the first check point it was a bit of a scramble to get water. The next section through the Val de Travenanzes took you through the base of the valley, across alpine pastures, through rivers and across snow fields all the while ascending relentlessly.
The first feeding station is not until 24km and it was a little chaotic and frenzied, and comes after a long descent. Two ascents done just the four to go. However the whole race seemed to be either going up or going down, with little level paths. Also the paths are generally narrow and rocky making it seem so much harder than Mont Blanc.
The views were like a continuous stream of mountain scenery greatest hits, which helped to mask the pain of ascending.
The feed station at Passa Giau was busy and buzzy, and with access from the road a large audience was present. This was the best feed station of the lot, and I am glad I stocked up well, as the ascent of the Forc Giau was brutal and with tired legs all the more harder. There were a lot of groaning runners, labouring up this seeming never ending climb. By this time the race had merged with the Ultra Trail. Getting passed by ladies and men, who have run nearly 50km more that you is awe inspiring.
So, thought I, upon cresting the Col, it’s all downhill now…but it wasn’t and there was a surprise bonus ascent 4km later.
The final descent is more than 10km and drops into the woods on the edge of Cortina. With about 8km to go I tripped: my default reaction is to tuck my head in and roll. Which meant I ended laying face up with my head in the bushes and legs sticking out across the path. Both my legs immediately seized up and I screamed in pain. A group of Italian runners kindly stopped and stretched my legs and got me going again. Grazie mille.

On the outskirts of town a group of locals and created a welcoming food and drink stop, with an overhead shower – which I soaked myself with.
The final 200m is along the paved Corso Italia being cheered on by passer-bys, tourists and café dwellers.
My watch had me finishing in just under 8 hours, but the chip time does not appear to account for the actual time you cross the start line, which took at least two minutes to do so. I finished an hour later than I had thought I would, that placed me in the top 41% overall, not sure what that would mean for MV50 as there are no veteran categories.
The finish pack included a North Face gilet and two very welcome beer tokens for the finish line bar.
No rashes, no blisters – just one very satisfied and tired customer.
Kit used:
Garmin Fenix 2
Inov 8 Trailroc – this was their swansong and final resting place
Salomon S-Lab Sense Ultra 8 vest
Punk Panther Ultra – A Bridge too Far finishers top.

Event Year: 2018

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