Cortina Dobbiaco Run 2015

16th Marathon in Cortina, Dolomites

From 31 May 2015 to 01 June 2015

Sports friends, everything is ready for the Cortina Dobbiaco Run 2015! On Sunday 31st May the 16th edition of this extraordinary Cortina d'Ampezzo marathon in the Dolomites will be held, which has become a Cortina event not to be missed for all fans.

The Dobbiaco Cortina Run takes place every year at the beginning of the summer season, in the enchanting world of the Pallidi Mountains. The Cortina Dobbiaco schedule involves a journey of 30 km, from the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, running through the spectacular landscape that only the Dolomites can offer, ending at Dobbiacco known tourist destination of Alta Pusteria.

The Cortina Dobbiaco Run, a beautiful marathon in Cortina Dobbiaco in the Dolomites, started in the '90s thanks to Gianni Poli, great Italian athlete who has had notable victories such as the bronze medal in the 1983 European Marathon Cup, first place in the 1986 New York Marathon, a bronze medal in the 1989 World Marathon Cup and a silver medal at the European Championships in 1990. In 1988 Poli, while training to join the Boston Marathon, along the route of the modern Cortina Dobbiaco, fell in love with the beauty of the panorama of the Dolomites, its mountains, meadows and forests. Hence the idea of founding the Cortina Dobbiaco Run, to share experiences and emotions with other athletes and running fans.

The Cortina Dobbiaco Run program follows the railway line that once linked the city of Cortina d'Ampezzo to Dobbiaco, through pristine natural countryside. Suffice to say that the Dolomites have been recognized as a World Heritage Site for their unique and unmatched beauty!

The Cortina d'Ampezzo marathon starts from city called the 'Queen of the Dolomites': the first part of the route of the Cortina Dobbiaco Run is slightly uphill, with spectacular passages in tunnels and small bridges over transparent streams, until you reach Passo Cima Banche that divides two provinces and two different regions: Bolzano in Trentino Alto Adige and Belluno in Veneto: its height of 1530 metres is the maximum height reached along the route and one of the most difficult moments of the Cortina Run.

Continuing, the route of the Cortina-Dobbiaco then descends to Lake Landro from where you can admire the Cristallo Group mountains. Past the lake, the symbol of the Dolomites will appear: the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks). Famous throughout the world for their grandeur and for their charm, they are a popular holiday destination for nature lovers due to the stunning views they offer and for their extraordinary beauty. A few kilometres after there is the Alpine Lake of Dobbiaco, another picturesque site along the route of the Cortina Dobbiaco Run. The path at this point is nearing its end: from the woods the first houses in Dobbiaco become visible for the final kilometre of the race. Upon arrival, in the wonderful park of the Grand Hotel, the Cortina marathon participants will be greeted by the applause of a large audience, which will mark the end of this beautiful Cortina Dobbiaco Maraton in the Dolomites.

With the passing of time, the Cortina Dobbiaco Run has had more and more success, becoming one of the most anticipated Cortina events. Every summer about four thousand participating athletes from all over the world, including Australia, South Africa and Morocco attend the run in Cortina Dobbiaco.

In addition to the main competition, about 30 km long, the Cortina Dobbiaco Run program also includes other less challenging races: a race that starts directly from Lake Landro about 11 km long; the charity race 'Run for Debra and Mamazone' of 8 km; the 'Kid's Run', a cute race of about 2 km for children and young people up to 14 years, to be held the day before the Cortina Dobbiaco Run.

Cortina d'Ampezzo is the departure city of Cortina Dobbiaco Run. The town began its tourist growth around the middle of the 1800s; since the 1900s it has become the most important centre of the Dolomites, attracting thousands of tourists all year round. During the summer, Cortina offers endless possibilities for hiking and walking, as well as many other outdoor sports. In winter, Cortina becomes an ideal destination for lovers of skiing, with 110 kilometres of ski slopes, 58 trails and 37 lifts. Both young and old can enjoy tobogganing, ice skating or walking on the snow with the typical 'snowshoes'. Over the years, the presence of artists, intellectuals, celebrities and protagonists have made Cortina d'Ampezzo one of the most exclusive destinations in Italy, thanks to the presence of a rich calendar of Cortina events catering for all tastes.

Among the Cortina events in 2015, do not miss the 16th Cortina Dobbiaco Run on 31st May: runners and nature will help to create a wonderful and truly unique sports event! Discover the beauty of the Dolomites Cortina Dobbiaco race: book one of our beautiful hotels in Cortina and enjoy a relaxing holiday with nature.

'It was tough, but it was well worth running along such an exciting path because its charm erases the fatigue.'

(Gianni Poli)

By Insidecom Editorial Staff