|2013 European Skyrunning Champs in Italy|
The Trans d'Havet, a point to point ultra traversing the Piccole Dolomiti is making its debut appearance in the 2013 European Skyrunning Championships. The inclusion of an ultra distance run is new for the Championship event, a response to the growing interest for these types of races.
The European Skyrunning Championships is a culmination of uphill running competitions that have typically concluded with a final Vertical Kilometer® event (races with 1,000m vertical climb not exceeding 5 km) and a final SkyRace® (races between 22 km - 35 km with more than 1,300m vertical climb).
Italy will play host to the young but prestigious events with the Vertical Kilometer® and SkyRace® in Canazei, Dolomites on July 19 and 21. The Ultra will take place just six days later in the nearby Veneto Region, rounding out a week worth of vertical running culture and action.
The 2013 championship ultra race, the Trans d'Havet, is an 80 km route that climbs 5,500 meters and includes the famous "strada delle 52 gallerie," a 6.5 km military path of which 2.5 km are within 52 tunnels created during the first world war, each from 30 to 300 m long. The race is named after General d'Havet, an italian war hero, to whom another tunnel crossed by the race is dedicated.
"These are for me and for my group 'our mountains'," says Enrico Pollini, organizer and creator of the Trans d'Havet. "The caves/tunnels have all been built during the first World War, as in this area there have been hard fights for long years, so although it is something that happened nearly 100 years ago, it belongs to the people's memory"
This past year was the first edition of the Trans d'Havet and it was met with positive response. "People came from more 'well-known' alpine locations (Vallee D'Aosta or Dolomites) and were saying that they could not believe that it was possible to find "real mountains" in the minor prealps," says Pollini.
At this year's Trans d'Havet ultra , the men's winning time was 10h58'44" (Daniele Palladino) and the women's winning time was 11h44'45" (Francesca Canepa).
Although ultra distance events were included in this years' World Series, the championship event runs once every two years, so a champion has yet to be crowned.
For the ultra distance World Series ranking Kilian Jornet Burgada is leading for the men while Nuria Picas Albets leads for the women – it would seem that at the 2013 championship event the Italians will have some stiff competition.