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S1 La Corsa della Bora - 57K

06-Jan-2019 Trieste, Italy

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57KM / 35Miles
1 Day - 700 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.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

Review S1 La Corsa della Bora - 57K

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marko.cibej

11:41 14-03-18

The 2018 S1 was my first ultra and this is my first review, so bear with me. I found the race both well and poorly organized: well with respect to runner safety and support, poorly when it comes to communication. Though the website and the materials were ostensibly trilingual (Italian, Slovene and English), translations from Italian were on a best effort basis at best. Different versions of the course were published in different places, with no indication which was the up-to-date version, shuttle schedules were anyone's guess and so on and so forth. Having said this, I have nothing but respect for the volunteers, and particularly the Mountain Rescue guys who minded everyone's safety. Plus, starting into the pre-dawn darkness with AC/DCs Thunderstruck blasting from the PA system was a feeling to cherish.

I found the course itself tough (though I was among the last finishers, so adjust accordingly), particularly because the sharp Karst rocks began to inflict real pain on my soles after the first twenty or so kilometres. Bora, the cold, sharp northern wind that the race is named for, was absent this year, replaced by the warm and muggy southerly siroccio. This made the run both easier in terms of temperature regulation, and less scenic, since bora often means clear skies, while siroccio decidedly doesn't.

All in all, it took me two days to forgive the organizers for their missteps and to start pondering the 2019 edition. Thumbs up, I guess.

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