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06-Apr-2019 Monterosso al Mare, La Spezia, Italy


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Trail Race Race Terrain
47KM / 29Miles
1 Day - 200 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Advanced  

Entry From €50 EUR

The start will be in Piazza Garibaldi, in the historic center of Monterosso. After passing along the seafront, the first ascent climbs the promontory of Punta Mesco, with a dominating view over the gulf of the Cinque Terre. A stretch of "up and down" single track leads to "Colle di Gritta" with views of the coastline to the southeast and also toward Levanto to the northwest. After leaving "Colle di Gritta" a short segment of asphalt intersects with an old mule path to Soviore, the first sanctuary of the Cinque Terre (and one of the oldest).

Another short segment of asphalt leads to a single track through mediterranean shrub with breathtaking views over the sea, which descends to the next sanctuary, Reggio. In the Reggio church square stands one of the oldest cypress trees in Liguria. From Reggio the course climbs, via Drignana, to the Alta Via (high path) of the Cinque Terre. The "Alta Via" reaches the highest point along the SciaccheTrail course, Monte Malpertuso, at 750 metres above sea level, and continues on to "Colle del Telegrafo", the furthest point west on the course.

From here the course descends to the Sanctuary of Montenero and then to Riomaggiore, the first village of the Cinque Terre. A steep stairway leads to the vineyards of Corniolo, and then a single track continues on to the hamlet of Groppo, and inside the Cantina Cinque Terre, where the course passes alongside the steel wine barrels and modern winemaking machinery for the production of Sciacchetra'. From here the course descends to Manarola, the second village of the Cinque Terre.

Another steep stairway, then single track, leads through terraced vineyards, then on to an old mule track bordered by olive groves, to the hamlet of Volastra and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Health. This is the area with the highest concentration of cultivated vineyards, which best describes the Cinque Terre. From Volastra, a single track through the vineyards over the sea leads to Corniglia, the 3rd village of the Cinque Terre. From Corniglia the course follows the coastal "blue trail" through Vernazza, the 4th Cinque Terre village, and on to the finish line of the SciaccheTrail in Monterosso al Mare, the final village.


Event Organiser
Daniele Moggia



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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09:14 08-04-19

I did this race in 2019. The registration process and the communication up until the race has not been incredible (emails, website), but everything was still quite clear and the staff has always been incredibly nice and helpful whenever I requested info. The race itself was amazing. Great scenery, lovely people and really good food and drinks in the frequent aid stations. At the end of the race there is also free beer and snacks, free massages and a free (good and big) lunch. At the moment of writing, Runultra classifies this race as brutal. I agree that there is some ascent and it's not the easiest race, but it's actually super doable for anyone (I have done trail running for 2 years, not "at least 3" as Runultra says). The race has got nice up & down hills and not many really long AND steep slopes (nothing compared to similar Alpine races). Great race, I recommend it!

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05:42 20-10-16

Lovely early in the season race and a great way to see the Cinque Terre. Although it has 3000m dislivelo it does not feel like it. There are some wonderful, undulating woodland running sections in the middle. The last 10Km is when you his the coast and it is cobbles and the infamous Cinque Terre staircases, one of which you climb for 200m! All in all great fun and an excellent goody bag. That said, it is expensive for Italy, partly because it is only allowed a small field. If you don't manage to get a ticket for it I can recommend Trail del Motty at Lago d'Orta which is the same distance and dislivello.

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10:11 22-04-16

An incredible race, experience and far more. The course itself, is simply stunning. Very technical running, GORGEOUS scenery, filled with a rich history, culture and soul. That alone makes the race worthwhile. The race captures the essence of the Cinque Terre region, and the support from the town and locals makes the race so special. The race organisors go above and beyond to create a unqiuely beautiful experience, which starts before the race, and goes past the moment one crosses the finish line.

The details and extras you receive as part of joining the race, make the race weekend such a delight. And in its second year running, a far deeper field of runners is assembling, with the 2016 race seeing both male and female CR's absolutely dismantled. The race day logistics are flawless. From simple things like having local cafes opening earlier to allow runners and supporters to get a coffee etc,a massive post race pasta party and everything in between. The course is impecabbly marked, and I personally ran the course days before and after, and the amount of detail in the markings remained. I cannot speak any more highly of this race, and I only see it getting better (a feat in itself). The trails are incredible, the local hospitality is un-rivalled, and the Sciacche Trail is a race that one can't do just once.

One of my favourite courses, and one of my favourite races. For so many reasons.

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01:46 21-04-16

Not only was this my first ultra but my first visit to Italy. What really makes this race is not only the stunning scenery but also the welcoming nature of the local people and race organisers. I have never felt so welcome and humbled to take part in a race.

The course itself is stunning and a great mix of terrain. The highly technical descents and ascents proved challenging, as did the amount of steps! There was always something for the eyes to get lost in, whether it be the beauty of the villages, the forests or high up in the mountain tops.

I would recommend anybody to take part in this race, it is more than a race but a life experience.

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