The Spaniard, who set a record, and the Vicenza native stood out in the “speed” test of the four days in the Ampezzo Dolomites, the Cortina Skyrace. On the second day, the Cortina Trail and LUT reign supreme.

Cortina d'Ampezzo (Belluno), 24 June 2021

Cortina d’Ampezzo (Belluno), 24 June 2021 – After the 2020 stop due to the health emergency, La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail, an internationally renowned event in the trail running world, is back. This afternoon, Thursday 24 June, it rebooted with the “speed” test of the four races planned for the 2021 edition, that is the Cortina Skyrace, a 20km race with an elevation gain of 1,000 metres: starting in the central Corso Italia in Cortina, a stretch without much elevation gain takes runners out of town (along the bicycle lane) and then upwards, towards the more than 2,000 metres of altitude of Forcella Zumeles and Forcella Sonforca, then back down towards Malga Larieto, Rifugio Mietres and Col Tondo before heading back to Corso Italia for the final destination.

330 runners competed in the Cortina Skyrace. Alex Garcia Carrillo settled all arguments by making his mark at the very beginning and winning with a new race record: 1h32’33”. In second place, with a 40” difference in time, was Trentino native from Val di Rabbi Alex Cavallar. The podium was completed by Piemonte native Gianluca Ghiano.
“I took off strong and the enthusiasm of supporters galvanised me: finishing in Corso Italia gave me goose bumps”, commented race winner, Alex Garcia Carrillo.
“I gave myself a great birthday gift” announced second place Alex Cavallar, who’ll be 30 tomorrow, 25 June. “I began running again in April and so this second place is worth a great deal although I have one regret: if I hadn’t had the cramps that blocked me half way through the race, I could have fought it out with Carillo until the end of the race”.

The female race results are all Italian: Marta Fabris won in 1h57’52”. With her on the podium Chiara Fumagalli (2h02’19”) and Piena Deiana (2h02’48”). “It was a fantastic race - it’s my first time here - and the win was wonderful”, said the winner, Vicenza native from the Asiago Altopiano who is specialising in Sport Medicine in Padova University. “My background is cross-country skiing and I feel good going uphill which is where I won. Going downhill, which is not my forte, I just kept myself in check”.
Tomorrow, 25 June, at 9 am the Cortina Trail begins with 48 kms and 2,600 metres of elevation gain (the start and finish are in Cortina). Kick-off is at 9 and the time limit is 12 hours. 1,350 runners have registered to compete.
At 11 pm the most important race begins, the LUT: 120 kms and 5,800 metres of elevation gain (the start and finish are in Cortina) tackled by 1,350 runners. The time limit is 30 hours. Among the favourites are Aldo Adige native Andreas Reiterer (Team La Sportiva), France’s Xavier Thevenard and Germain Grangier, German Hannes Namberger and Spaniards Andreu Simon Aymerich and Tofol Castanyer.

Saturday, 26 June, the fourth event of the long Ampezzo weekend: the UltraDolomites, starting in Sesto (Bolzano) and finishing in Cortina: 80 kms and 4,100 metres of elevation gain.
Besides the title sponsor La Sportiva, the other important brands supporting the event are: Parmigiano Reggiano, Buff, Petzl, La Cooperativa di Cortina, Rudy Project, Garmin, San Benedetto, Elleerre, Fabbrica di Pedavena, Eolo, Cortinabanca, Astoria, Reflexallen.