RunUltra are excited to be going to Italy next week, as Sam Hill goes out to follow the Endurance Trail of Lake Como. There are two races, UTLAC250 and and UTLAC30.
The second edition of “Utlac, Endurance Trail of Lake Como” is starting, scheduled from 10 to 14 May 2023. A mountain run in the Larian mountains, immersed in a naturalistic scenario that the world envies us: Lake Como.
Promoted by Larius ssd, the race takes place on two routes, up and down the peaks and valleys that surround one of the most beautiful and famous alpine lakes in the world.
The first route, reserved for ultra trailers, is a 250 km route along the paths surrounding the lake. A route that joins the Sentiero del Viandante, the Via dei Monti Lariani and the paths of the Dorsale del Triangolo Lariano: a connection that allows you to create a circular route around Lake Como.
Over sixty participants – three times those of the 2022 edition – who will come to Lecco from 13 countries. Among them Peter Kienzl and Marina Plavan, winners of the 2022 edition, Oliviero Bosatelli from Bergamo, two-time world champion winner at Tor de Geant and the Spanish Silvia Garrote, also three-time winner of the Aosta Valley Endurance Trail.
Others, however, are the big names expected on the starting line, such as Denise Zimmermann, Luca Guerini, Valentina Michielli and the locals Roberto Maida and Guendalina Sibona.
The start is scheduled for Wednesday 10 May at 18:00 from Piazza Cappucini, Lecco. The arrival of the first competitors is expected around 19:30 on Friday 12 May.
The second route, open to all mountain running enthusiasts, is a 30km track starting from Bellagio and finishing in Lecco, which coincides with the last stretch of the 250km. The runners – to date there are more than two hundred members – will leave at 7.30 from Lecco and reach Bellagio on board the Bisbino ferry. Once in the pearl of the Lario, Bellagio, starting from 9.15 the runners will climb the paths of the Lariano Triangle along the final part of the same 250km route that almost all of the 60 Endurance Trail competitors will have already covered by Sunday morning , to reach together the finish line set up near the war memorial on the Lecco lakefront. The arrival of the first competitors is expected around noon. The last bibs are still available to participate.
Utlac was organized by Larius ssd with the support of all 52 municipalities crossed by the runners. A Cinque Energia, Basin Authority, the Cooperative Credit Banks of Cantù and Valsassina, the Como-Lecco Chamber of Commerce and Confcommercio Lecco, and the various technical sponsors contributed to the event, including Ande, then Coros , Inov8 and DF Sport Specialist, Autotorino, Ellerre, CbCrem and Tornado.
UTLAC TRAIL wants to be a local event, therefore in addition to the municipal and provincial administrations, there is a large participation of important territorial realities such as AUSER Lecco which is entrusted with the important role of supporting the athletes’ retreat along the entire Lake Como route, SeteTrack of GPS geolocation in real time, Canottieri Lecco which makes its internal area available for the race, Cooperativa Solidarietà which is entrusted with the task of logistics and set-ups, the Maria Ausiliatrice school in Lecco, whose students will be the protagonists of the Village supervision and of the interaction with the Italian and foreign athletes during the days of the race, and to the City Angels who take care of the night supervision on the Lecco lakefront. But there are also local producers such as Gildo, Melavì, Trussoni beverage, Chiarella, Ready Frutta and Icam.
The athletes of the 250km can be followed in real time at this link:
https://livegps.setetrack.it/Home/IndexMapset?mapset=utlac250_2023 with position update every 120 seconds.
Translated from Italian using Google Translate