MAXI-RACE SICILY 2019: ETNATRAIL (JULY 26-28). ENJOY A RUN THROUGH THE HIGHEST ACTIVE VOLCANO IN EUROPE

 

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MaXi Race World continues the trip, after the Salomon Gore-Tex MaXi-Race Annecy in May that was brought to us by Abel de Frutos y Ana Samuelsson . Now it is the turn of the Maxi Race Sicily, held in Sicily, one of the most charismatic island of the Mediterranean, a run over the Etna (3300m) which is beating heart and the highest mountain in central and southern Italy, a mountain but also a volcano always active these last month, and everywhere where the look arises, the feeling of being in a place apart, unique and rare, which is one of our MaxiRace calls.

Five races based in Linguaglossa, located 500 meters above sea level, on the north side of the volcano.

 

 

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MAXI-RACE SICILY 2109: A ROUTE OVER THE ETNA PARK

 

This July 26-28 the EtnaTrail will be held in Linguaglossa, just located at the island of Sicily and just one hour from Catania Airport. A trip over the Etna Park where the runners will be able to enjoy five different amazing races.

As per the words from Antonio Vecchio (Association Sportive Etna Trail & organisator) “The MaXi-Race Sicily is a unique experience because everywhere reigns nature supreme with idyllic landscapes of the coast from Catania to Taormina, and the Tyrrhenian coast with the Aeolian archipelago and Calabria. The organisation knows what makes a good event and do the upmost to ensure a fantastic, memorable day regardless of what challenge or distance you choose to enter. None of our routes are ‘easy’. We pride ourselves on finding tough trails for the runner who wants more than a flat road run. Runners evolve on different types of soils: lava fields that were once in fusion and are now colonized by lichens; the jagged peaks of the Valle del Bove, recent flows … with the Mediterranean as a backdrop. An environment in perpetual evolution according to the diktats of the volcano very active in recent months. Our partnership with MaXi-Race World helps us to professionalize and above all, to make discover the wonders of “our” mountain to trail world and their families“.

In all the races there will be a Etna Trail gadget, refreshments, timing, pasta party, assistance along the path and signals. The Etna Mini Trail 3 km race will be free, parents can register children on 26, 27 and 28 July by signing a release authorization against the association. It will be given an electronic chip to every athlete and he/she has to keep it during the race. there will be not money awards. Awards will be given to:

  • First 10 women and first 10 men for the 94 km and every finisher will have a  gadget
  • First 10 women and first 10 men for the 52 km and every finisher will have a gadget
  • First three women and three men of each categor for the 24 km

 

Photo: Organization

 

Obligatory equipping for the 94 km and 52km:

  • Backpack
  • Gaiter
  • Phone where you have to save emergency number of the organizers
  • Personal glass of minimum 15 cl (no water bottle or camel bags)
  • Water bottles or camel bags with a changing water of, at least, 1,5 lt
  • Frontal lamp, with changing batteries
  • Changing socks
  • Thermal cloth
  • Whistle
  • Elastic bandage for a bandaging or strapping (minimum 100 cm x 6 cm)
  • Food
  • K-way or similar

Recommended equipping for the 94 km and 52 km

  • Changing clothes, necessary if the meteorological conditions are not good or in case of injuries up above 2000 s.l.m.
  • Hat, cuff, bandana
  • Light gloves to prevent abrasions if you fell down

Obligatory equipping for 24 km

  • Phone where you have to save emergency number of the organizers
  • Personal glass of minimum 15 cl (no water bottle or camel bags)
  • Water bottles or camel bags with a changing water of, at least, 1,5 lt
  • Food

Recommended equipping 24 km and 12 km:

  • Hat or bandana
  • Backpack that could contain all the obligatory equipping
  • Water bottle or camel bags with a changing water of at least 1 lt (12 km)

 

MAXI-RACE SICILY 2109: PROGRAM AND ROUTES

 

94km Race (4800D+): 5pts Itra, Friday 26th July 2019 – 23h Linguaglossa CT

 

52km Race (2600D+): 3pts Itra, Saturday 27th July 2019 – 7.30h Linguaglossa CT

 


24km Race (1400D+): Sunday 28 July 2019 – 9h Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa)

 


12km Race (650D+): WalkTrail, Sunday 28th July 2019 – 9am Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa)

3km Race (100D+): Etna Mini Trail, Sunday 28 july 2019 – 10h Piano Provenzana (Linguaglossa)

 

The different stages of the MaXi Race World are the perfect opportunity to discover new destinations, following an unabated passion for trail running. The MaxiRace Sicily offers tourist activities for runners and their families like:

– Etna tour with guide to follow athletes, discover craters and lava flows

– Tour of the wineries on Etna, focused on wine and autochthonous varietals (like the Nerello Mascalese)

– Tour sailing boat in Sicily with Etna in the background.

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Info by Abel de Frutos for Trailrunningspain