Paluzza (Italy), Sunday 5 June 2011
The Skyrace Carnia is a highly spectacular and strenuous mountain running race in the Carnic Alps in the north-east of Italy, very close to the border with Austria.
Participants choose between the very challenging 19km route, which includes 1600 metres of ascent and 1600 metres of descent, and the even tougher 24km route (+2000m, -2000m).
The start and finish are at an elevation of 900 metres at the cross-country ski area "Laghetti di Timau", located near the village of Paluzza, on the "Passo di Monte Croce Carnico" mountain pass road which connects Italy and Austria.
The route runs up to Monte Floritz (2184m), down to the border crossing on the mountain pass (1360m), up again to the peak of Pal Piccolo (1800m), and then downhill to finish. The 19K route takes a shortcut. It doesn't go up to the top of Monte Floritz.
On Pal Piccolo, competitors run through a number of World War One trenches and fortifications, which have been restored as an open-air museum.
During the race, participants must carry a windbreaker with them. It's allowed to use hiking poles.
Last year, over 200 runners took part in the event. The winners of the 24K race were Tadei Pivk (2:34:33) and Paola Romanin (3:15:29). The time limit to complete the course is 6hours 30minutes.
Race report, results and photos:
Venue (Map): Laghetti di Timau (Paluzza 9km, Udine 75km, Villach 98km, Ljubljana 190km)
Date: 5 June 2011 (Sunday)
Start time: 9.00
Race distance: 19.25km (+1600m, -1600m); 24.25km (+2000m, -2000m)
Entries: online or by fax, payment by bank transfer or in cash on the day; entries close 3 June 2011
Entry fees: 35 euros (payment by bank transfer), 40 euros (payment on the day)
Race centre: Bar Tavernetta, Piazza XXI-XXII Luglio, Paluzza (Saturday 4 June 2011, 16.00-20.00); at the start (on the day from 7.30)
You get: an ASICS backpack, pasta party after the race
Prizes (24.25km): prize money to the first 12 men and 6 women
Award ceremony: 15.00
Number of finishers 2010: 173 (24km), 40 (19km)
Event website (in Italian): www.aldomoropaluzza.it
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