The German native stands out in the key race - 120 kms and 5,800 metres elevation gain - in 12h02’12 and sets another new record in the 2021 edition of the Ampezzo event. Marco De Gasperi is the first Italian runner to finish. A French victory among female runners for Camille Bruyas.
Success for Marek Causidis (Czech Republic) and Martina Valmassoi in the UltraDolomites.

Cortina d'Ampezzo (Belluno), 26 June 2021

La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail has given us entertaining and exciting moments up to the very last metre. From the very start at 11 pm on Friday 25 June it was exciting for the 1200 runners to participate in the most prestigious and gruelling race of the four held during the weekend in Cortina d'Ampezzo (Belluno) where the four day LUT took place: 120 kms and 5,800 metres elevation gain. At the starting line there was a great public who applauded warmly, music to lift spirits and a spine-tingling race start, rather race starts because there were three staggered starts (every 10 minutes) to avoid crowding as much as possible and to guarantee respect for anti-COVID health regulations.
Ready - steady go and straight away one of the favourites, Spaniard Andreu Simon Aymerich took the reins of command. He was still leading at the first sensor in Ospitale after 10 reasonable kms. Following a few seconds behind was the Alto Adige native Andreas Reiterer and Swede Carl Sӧrman, a minute later. Kilometres and nocturnal hours pass and the situation doesn’t change. Well it does because German Hannes Namberger, who started the race without pushing too much, starts flanking Aymerick.
The two runners lead as a pair and gain a respectful advantage over the rest of group of the best runners: they run vigorously on the paths towards Misurina and rifugio Auronzo (at the foot of Tre Cime di Lavaredo) and then towards Lake Landro, Cimabanche and Val Travenanzes.
While a lot of the favourites lose momentum, Namberger takes the lead in Col Gallina, and near Passo Falzarego, he is leading Aymerich by about fifty seconds. At passo Giau, km 104, the German and Spanish athletes are neck and neck. Along the stretch from Giau to Forcella Ambrizzola, Namberger changes gear and in the next six kilometres he builds a gap of almost three minutes between himself and the Spaniard. In the last stretch downhill from Croda da Lago (km 111) to the finish line, the gap grew to 7 minutes. A blaze of glory for Namberger in Corso Italia, where he was well-received by a celebratory public that the Bavaria native from Ruhpolding thanked with bows and applause. 12h02’12”: this is the chronometer reading and a new record for the event. Aymerich came in second, exhausted, clocking a time of 12h09’13” and Norway native Sebastian Krokvig took third place.
“It has always been my dream to come here and today it has come true with a fantastic victory”, says winner Hannes Namberger. “I ran parallel to Aymerich but hit the gas in the last part of the race going downhill. It went really well.”

The first Italian over the finish line was Valtellina native Marco De Gasperi who came in sixth at his first LUT experience. “On these race distances I’m still an unprepared learner and so I started the race well-aware of this”, the several times champion of mountain running explained. “During the first few kilometres I was behind the first twenty runners and then on the uphill stretch towards Passo Tre Croci my legs were working well and I began gaining positions near Misurina and then towards rifugio Auronzo. At this point the objective had become reaching fifth place but I took the wrong turn at one junction which cost me those few minutes that “relegated” me to sixth position. In any case, I’m satisfied: I wanted to be here and I am, as one of the main players.”

The female race was won by Camille Bruyas: the French woman stood out with her time of 14h06’16”, beating USA native Katie Schide (14h28’21”) and Swede Mimmi Kotka (14h51’09”). The first Italian finisher is an Ampezzo native, Barbara Giacomuzzi, former Italian cross-country skier, who finished in 11th place.
This morning, 26 June, the youngest of the LUT races, the UltraDolomites began: leaving from Sesto (Bolzano) and finishing in Cortina after 80 kms and 4100 metres elevation gain. Marek Causidis (Czech Republic) prevailed clocking 8h10’26. Second and third place went respectively to Spaniard Mario Olmedo and Trentino native Mori Christian Modena.
A Belluno victory in the women’s race with Cadore native Martina Valmassoi, Italian cross-country skier and trail runner, taking first place with a time of 9h21’11”.

Besides the title sponsor La Sportiva, other important brands also support the event: Parmigiano Reggiano, Buff, Petzl, La Cooperativa di Cortina, Rudy Project, Garmin, San Benedetto, Elleerre, Fabbrica di Pedavena, Eolo, Cortinabanca, Astoria, Reflexallen e Ospedale Cortina.