Grotta Gigante, Trieste (Italy), Sunday 24 November 2013

Grotta Gigante - Cronotraversata del Maestro (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger)


The ‘Cronotraversata del Maestro time trial race is a unique running event.

Starting at 30-second intervals, participants run through the world's largest tourist cave, the Grotta Gigante, situated on the Karst Plateau near the port of Trieste in the north-east of Italy.

The entry limit is 250 runners. Last year, 219 runners completed the race. The fastest finisher was Michele Ermacora (8min 19sec). Daniela Da Forno (10min 28sec) was the first woman across the finishing line at the cave exit.

The route is approximately 1600 metres long. The first 800 metres are a flat multi-terrain run on roads and trails through the village of Borgo Grotta Gigante.

The second half of the race is run on the internal staircase of the cave.

Competitors run 500 steps down to the bottom of the Grotta Gigante (119 metres of elevation change) and then 500 steps up on the other side of the cave.

Participants are well advised to wear protective gloves as the handrails of the staircase might be a bit rough and rusty.


Grotta Gigante Time Trial Run, Spartaco Brizzi (Copyright © 2012


Race report, photos and results: Cronotraversata del Maestro 2011

Photos and results: Cronotraversata del Maestro 2013


Country: Italy

Venue (Map): Grotta Gigante (Trieste city centre 13km, Udine 67km, Ljubljana 90km)

Date: 24 November 2013 (Sunday)

Race distance: ca. 1.6km

Start time: 10.00 (start at 30-second intervalls)

Start and finish: at the Grotta Gigante Visitor Centre

Entries: online (up to 21 November 2013) with payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day if race limit of 250 runners has not been reached

Entry fees: € 15 (up to 21 November 2013); € 20 (entries on the day)

Timing: chip timing (included in the entry fees)

Race centre: Grotta Gigante Visitor Centre (on the day 8.00-9.30)

You get: chip timing; a souvenir gift; snacks and drinks at the finish; pasta party after the race

Prizes: to the first 10 men and 5 women

Number of finishers 2012: 219

Event website (in Italian):


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