We are less than one month from the second edition of the Primiero Dolomiti Marathon, which in its debut last year had over 2,000 runners at the start in San Martino di Castrozza.
An important event which was welcomed with enthusiasm by runners and mountain lovers with its combination of a competitive course and beautiful environment, moving through the incredible landscapes of this area in the Trentino region.
On Saturday, July 1, once again there will be three different events: a 42k and 26k run for competitive athletes, and a 6.5k event for those, including Nordic walkers, who wish to enjoy a day crossing green meadows and woods.
The well known tourist haven of San Martino di Castrozza will be the start for the 26k, but the marathon runners will also come through the town.
San Martino sits at an altitude of 1,450 meters and since mid-18th century it has maintained a strong tourist tradition, which began with the arrival of eager mountain climbers from Italy, but also many from Germany and England. The town is surrounded by incredible and beautiful Dolomite peaks: the famous Pale di San Martino group with Cimon della Pala, Vezzana, Rosetta, Sass Maor, the Madonna peak and the mountains of the Roda valley, which form a sort of a crown to the town. Also visible and nearby are the Cavallazza and the Colbricon, and the pyramid-shaped peak of mount Pavione in the Feltrine alps.
You must stay in the area late in the evening, after your run, to see the Dolomites become an incredible pink at sunset. In the local Ladinia jargon this is called enrosadira.
An excellent opportunity to enjoy this part of the Dolomites, a UNESCO patrimony, in an incredibly beautiful and unique natural environment.
*Stories by run is a weekly column written by Venice by Run for the VMC – Venice Marathon Club events magazine.