Cortina Trail

Cortina Trail
10th edition
24 June 2022 08 a.m.
48 km 2600 m+
Time limit: 12 hours

2 Running Stones

Race Category: Race Category 50K

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In collaboration with the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Alpine Rescue Team and the Italian Alpine Club, Outdoor Action Srl have organized the 10th edition of “Cortina Trail”, a trail running race in semi-autonomy in an alpine environment, on Friday 24 June 2022.



The "Cortina Trail" is a running race along trails in the Dolomite Mountains - a World Heritage site - that is about 48 km long and has a variation in altitude of 2,600 metres. The race is run in semi-autonomy and starts on Friday 24 June 2022 at 8.00 am in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo; maximum time: 12 hours.



In order to participate in the race, athletes must have had previous experience in the mountains, should not suffer from vertigo, should have a high standard of athletic preparation and have suitable clothes for temperatures that can range from -5 to + 30 degrees celsius.
No qualifying races are necessary to register for the Cortina Trail but previous experience of long trails is recommended.



a) Registration requirements
All athletes over the age of 18 with a competitive sports medical certificate (see Art. 5) valid until at least 24 June 2022 can register. Athletes who have been:
- disqualified for using doping substances;
- black listed by the Cortina Trail/La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail
will not be permitted to register.

b) How to register
To register in the Cortina Trail athletes must pre-register between 15 November 2021 (8:00 a.m. CET) and 25 November 25 2021 (10:00 p.m. CET).
Pre-registration is free of charge. If the number of pre-registered athletes exceeds the number of available race bibs, participating athletes will be drawn by lot from pre-registered athletes who meet the requirements.
Individual or group (maximum 12 people) registration is possible.
If drawn by lot, groups will be considered as single units, that is to say, if extracted in the draw all members of the group can register for the race.

When pre-registering, athletes must provide their personal data as well as the follow information:
- possible negative outcome in the CT2020 lottery
- possible postponed registration from 2021.

GROUP REGISTRATION (minimum 2 and maximum 12 people)
Each member of the group must pre-register individually and together with personal data must provide the following information:
- name of the group which must be identical for each member.

On 1 December 2021, athletes who are drawn by lot will receive an email with the link to register. Registration must be completed by 5 December 2021. After this date, pre-registration will be annulled.

Athletes who were not extracted in the 2020 edition
All athletes who were not extracted to participate in the 2020 edition of the Cortina Trail and who meet the necessary requirements for participation (see Art. 4 a) can register. Nonetheless they must pre-register and tick the box for non-extracted athletes in the 2020 edition.

Elite runners
Elite athletes can register without participation in the lottery on the basis of the criteria indicated in the following table:



Registration without lottery free of charge

Itra index >850

Itra index >750

Send request by 10 January 2022 on

Registration without lottery upon payment

Itra index >750

Itra index >650

Pre-registration between 15 and 25 November 2021

Elite runners must:
- be present at press conferences and official ceremonies to which they are invited;
- be present at prize-giving ceremonies that concern them;
- arrive at the starting point at least twenty minutes before the beginning of the race.

c) Registration fees
The registration fee is 69.00 Euro and includes:
- race bib
- assistance and refreshment along the route and at the finish line
- race pack
- gadgets for finishers.

d) Payment method
The registration fee must be paid by credit card.

e) Limited number
The maximum number of registered runners is 1,800.

f) Pulling out of the race and partial refunds
If an athlete cannot participate in the race, they must inform the Organizers solely by email at the following address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The following refunds have been laid down:
- pulling out before 31/12/2021: refund of 60% of fees
- pulling out before 31/03/2022: refund of 50% of fees
- pulling out before 25/05/2022: refund of 40% of fees
- pulling out after 25/05/2022: no refund.
Refunds, net of bank charges, will be made before 31 August 2022 on the same credit card used to pay the fees.

Should the race be annulled for reasons beyond the control of the Organizers up to 15 days before the event, the Organizers will refund 50% of the registration fees paid. This percentage is made necessary by the various expenses that the Organizers have already incurred that cannot be recuperated.
Should the race be interrupted or annulled due to weather conditions, or for any other reason beyond the control of the Organizers, no refund of the registration fee will be made.

The following is not possible:
- postponing registration to the following year
- switching from one race to another
- race bib number exchange or use by anyone other than registered athletes.

Athletes caught with race bibs belonging to other athletes, even after the race, will be disqualified and put on the Cortina Trail blacklist.




Italian athletes must upload a copy of a competitive sports medical certificate valid on 24/06/2022 to their Personal Active Profile at by 15 May 2022. Failure to do so by this date will lead to the annulment of registration without refund.
Medical certificates accepted are those that show fitness for competitive sports: atletica leggera.


Italian athletes resident abroad who are unable to come to Italy to obtain a medical certificate for competitive sports must upload a copy of the medical certificate to be requested through the contact form >>, documenting that the athlete has undergone the same medical examinations provided for by Italian legislation, to their Personal Active Profile at by 15 May 2022. Failure to upload the certificate by this date will lead to the annulment of registration without refund. This certificate must be valid on 24/06/2022.


Non-Italian athletes must fill in the certificate downloadable here >>, have it signed and stamped by a doctor and upload it to their Personal Active Profile at by 15 May 2022. This certificate must be valid on 24/06/2022. Failure to do so by this date will lead to the annulment of registration without refund. This certificate must be valid on 24/06/2022.



Race number and race pack distribution shall take place at the Ice Stadium (via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) from 10.00 am till 7.00 pm on Thursday 23 June 2022.
To collect race bib numbers, athletes must present a valid identity document and exhibit all the mandatory equipment. Spot checks will be carried out.



To address all the different possible climatic conditions on the day of the race, at their sole discretion and on the basis of the weather forecast provided by the competent body, the Organizers may modify the list of mandatory equipment. Any changes may be communicated up to 12 hours before the start of the race, therefore all athletes are advised to have all the mandatory equipment.
Athletes must have the following equipment with them for the entire duration of the race:
- race backpack carry mandatory equipment

- long sleeved sweatshirt

- long trousers or tights

- hat or bandana

- warm and waterproof gloves

- water reserve of at least 1 litre

- beaker of minimum 15 cl

- race bib number visible during the entire duration of the race

- emergency thermal blanket (min. 2.00 m x 1.40)

- whistle

- cell phone switched on with emergency numbers stored

- waterproof jacket with an integrated hood, made with a waterproof membrane like Goretex with minimum 10,000 Schmerber, designed to withstand the bad weather in the mountains. (It is the runner's responsibility to bring a jacket that respects these criteria. In case of a check during the race, the steward or judge will decide if the jacket respects the criteria outlined in the official race regulations.)

- footwear appropriate for running on Dolomite terrain (stones, rocks, gravel)

- to reduce plastic consumption, disposable tableware (cutlery, beakers, plates, bowls) will not be handed out at refreshment stations or life bases, thus athletes must bring their own cutlery and containers if they wish to eat hot/cold food.

- energy bars or solid food

- at least 20€ to buy food in the Alpine huts if necessary

- elastic bandages for dressings

Mandatory equipment may be worn or placed inside the race backpack.
Spot checks on equipment will be carried out during the race.

Race participants are advised to bring the following equipment with them:
- waterproof trousers

- mineral salts

- sunglasses

- warm long-sleeved sweater

- sunscreen

- a third layer (fleece, quilted jacket etc.) in case of particularly cold weather.

Trekking poles are permitted.



The maximum time allowed to reach the finish line is 12 hours (by 8 pm on Friday 24 June).
A “pick up” service will follow the last runner, in order to assist athletes who withdraw from the race and to ensure assistance for anyone with injuries.
There shall be two time limit/cut off points, where a shuttle bus shall be present to pick up late athletes and take them back to the finish area:
- Rifugio Col Gallina (23rd km) by2 pm (6 hours into the race)

- Passo Giau (31st km) by 4 pm (8 hours into the race)

Cut off points are situated after refreshment stations. Athletes who do not reach these points by the established time limits will not be allowed to continue the race. Once athletes have gone beyond the cut-off point, it is forbidden to go back to use the refreshment station. Race officials reserve the right to disqualify athletes who disrespect the rules.
In order to safeguard the health of the participants, medical staff at the check points have the authority to stop runners who are judged unfit to continue the race. In this case, the participant must follow the indications of the medical staff. Anyone who fails to do so will be immediately disqualified.
Participants who reach the check points after the maximum time, those who are injured and those who are judged by the medical staff to be unfit to continue the race, and any other athletes who decide to drop out, shall be taken to the finish line by shuttle bus. For logistical reasons, athletes who have dropped out may have to wait before being accompanied to the finish area.
Any participant who drops out of the race at any point other than the established check points should make their own way back to Cortina and immediately inform the race Organizers by text message to the number indicated on the bib number.



Athletes are required to run in semi-autonomy and must carry at least one litre of liquid.
Semi-autonomy is defined as the capacity to be autonomous between two refreshment stations in relation to food, equipment and safety and to be able to adapt to any problems that may arise (bad weather, physical ailments, injury…).
This implies the following rules:
- Athletes must have all the mandatory equipment with them for the entire duration of the race.

- Food and drinks from refreshment stations must be consumed on the spot. The Organizers only supply water or energy drinks for bottles and camelbags. When leaving a refreshment station, athletes should have sufficient water and food to make it to the next refreshment station.

Assistance to athletes from family or team members is prohibited.

There will be 3 refreshment stations along the route:
- Rifugio Col Gallina (23rd km)

- Passo Giau (31st km)

- Rifugio Croda da Lago (38th km)

Only athletes with a visible race bib number will have access to refreshment stations.
In the the refreshment stations, food and drinks will be served only by refreshment station personnel. Rubbish must be placed in the appropriate containers.

At the finish line there will be another refreshment station.
There are several fountains along the route where athletes can refill their water supply. During the day, it will also be possible for athletes to stop at the mountain shelters along the route to purchase food and drink (at their own expense).



Assistance from family or team members is only permitted in the designated external and accor-dingly signposted areas, situated just before the following refreshment point:
- Rifugio Col Gallina (23rd km)
Only one assistant per athlete will be admitted to the external area only when the athlete has arrived. Assistants are not permitted to enter refreshment points.
Being accompanied by any person not registered in the race on any part or all of the route is forbidden.



A changing room will be available at PALESTRA REVIS (via dei Campi 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) from 6.30 am to 7.30 am on Friday 24 June.

The bag deposit will be at PALESTRA REVIS (via dei Campi 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) where athletes who wish can leave their bags from 6.30 am to 7.30 am on Friday 24 June.
Bags must clearly exhibit the number sticker handed out to athletes with race bibs. Athletes are advised not to place objects of value in their bags. In any case, the Organizers accept no liability for any theft, loss or damage to bags or their contents. Bags may be collected at PALESTRA REVIS no later than 8.30 pm on Friday 24 June upon presentation of race bib. Under no circumstances will the Organizers send uncollected bags to athletes’ residences.



Athletes must be in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL) by 7.30 am on Friday 24 June 2022. At 8 am the race begins.



The Cortina Trail race route has been classified with a red label: EE itinerary for expert excursionists. This itinerary requires the ability to run on particular kinds of terrain as well as impervious or treacherous trails or paths (slopes with rocky outcroppings or debris) that are sometimes without barriers.
The Cortina Trail 2022 takes the following route:
Cortina (Corso Italia), Cadin di Sopra, Laghi Ghedina, Passo Posporcora, Val Travenanzes, Forcella Col dei Bos, Rifugio Col Gallina, Pian dei Menis, Rifugio Averau (Forcella Nuvolau), Passo Giau, Forcella Giau, Forcella Ambrizzola, Rifugio Croda da Lago, Mortisa, Cortina (Corso Italia).
It is 48 km long and has an altitude variation of 2,600 metres.

Should adverse weather conditions occur or one or more paths become inaccessible, alternative routes will be outlined at the briefing before the start of the race.
Race kilometres are not marked. Athletes should strictly adhere to the marked race route and avoid taking shortcuts or cutting out sections of the route. Any departures from the official route will lead to disqualification and shall be at the sole risk of athletes.



Participants are strongly advised to take out valid individual insurance to cover search and rescue costs in Italy.
Some suggestions:
- Dolomiti Emergency:, “Refund for rescue and transport costs”

- ITRA (International Trail Running Association) members can take out search and rescue insurance which is valid all over the world. For more information:

Athletes are responsible for handing over their personal file to their insurance company if necessary within the given timeframe.



The Organizers and the Alpine Rescue Team, in constant contact with Race HQ, will be positioned along the race route. Ambulances with paramedics shall be positioned at different points along the race route, but also at the start and finish, where a doctor and an advanced medical facility shall be present.
Check points shall be set up along the route, where members of the staff shall monitor the athletes as they pass and also apply random checks to verify that the athletes are in possession of the mandatory race equipment. Should anyone refuse to undergo the check on the mandatory race equipment, they shall be disqualified immediately.



The race takes place in a protected natural park area with a natural eco system. Participants are therefore required to fully respect the Alpine environment, in particular by not leaving rubbish, picking flowers or disturbing the wildlife. Anyone found leaving rubbish along the route shall be disqualified from the race and incur the penalties laid down by municipal regulations. The Organizers invite athletes to bring a bag to carry rubbish or hankies to the refreshment stations.
It is obligatory to follow the signposted paths and short cuts that can damage the surrounding environment must be avoided.

To reduce plastic consumption, disposable tableware (cutlery, glass, plates, bowls) will not be handed out, thus athlete must bring their own cutlery and containers if they wish to eat hot/cold food.



In case of adverse weather conditions (dense fog, snow or thunder storms), the Organizers reserve the right to make last-minute changes, even during the race, to the race route in order to eliminate potential hazards or conditions that could cause hardship for participants. The staff shall inform the participants of any changes. The Organizers also reserve the right to suspend or cancel the race if the weather conditions are such that they put athletes, staff or medical teams at risk.



The following infringements will lead to immediate disqualification and withdrawal of the race bib number:
- failing to pass a check point

- taking shortcuts

- leaving rubbish along the race route

- failing to aid a participant in difficulty

- insulting or threatening staff or volunteers

- using transport during the race

- refusing to undergo checks by the medical staff along the race route

- refusing to allow checks on mandatory equipment.

A one-hour penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failing to have an anorak, emergency blanket, camel bag or bottles with a 1-litre capacity.

A thirty-minute penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failure to have: a whistle, long sleeved sweater, long trousers or tights, cap or bandana, gloves, drinking cup or water bottle; failure to show the race number bib.

The penalty may be applied immediately as soon as the infringement has been established or at the end of the race.
Penalties or disqualification can be appealed by writing to the race management within 30 minutes of publication of race results. Appeals will be evaluated and answered in the necessary time; decisions are final, without appeal.


Art. 19 PRIZES

The first 5 men and 5 women will receive prizes.
All participants that finish the race within the maximum time limit will receive a Finisher gadget. Prize-giving will take place on Friday 24 June at 6 pm in Piazza Dibona in Cortina. Under no circumstances will prizes be sent or handed out in advance.



On registration, athletes authorise the Organizers to freely use any still or moving images depicting them during their participation in the Cortina Trail with no territorial or time limits.



Voluntary registration and subsequent participation in the race indicates full acceptance of the race rules and regulations and any subsequent changes made to them. By registering, participants exempt the Organizers from any civil or criminal liability for damage to persons and/or property caused by or to them.