Sunday 6 September 2020

Il Volo Dell'Aquila - Memorial Erwin Maier, Paluzza, Italy — mountain runners at the Malga Pramosio pasture (Copyright © 2011 Hendrik Böttger /


IL VOLO DELL'AQUILA ("The Flight of the Eagle") is an uphill running and mountain biking race held each September in memory of the mountaineer Erwin Maier who died in a climbing accident in the year 2000 at the age of just 29.

The race is 11.5 kilometres long and includes 929 metres of elevation gain.

Runners start at 9.30am and cyclists at 9.45am at Erwin's home which is at an elevation of 612 metres in the northern part of Paluzza, a small town that sits in a steep valley in the Carnic Alps in the north-eastern part of Italy, near the border with Austria.

After the start, the route heads north across a hill and along the valley before it climbs gradually on gravel roads through dense forests to the finish line at the Rifugio Casera, a mountain hut located at 1,512 metres above sea level on the lovely Malga Pramosio mountain pasture.

The time limit to complete the course is three hours.


Map of the venue (blue: start; red: finish):


Number of finishers:

  • 2020:
    • 156 runners
  • 2019:
    • 131 runners
    • 87 mountain bikers
  • 2018:
    • 105 runners
    • 83 mountain bikers


20. Il Volo Dell'Aquila - Memorial Erwin Maier:


  • 6 September 2020 (Sunday)


  • The bike race has been cancelled!

Event website:



Race report, results and photos:


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