Bagnoli della Rosandra (Italy), Saturday 18 June 2011
An international field of trail runners met on Saturday afternoon in the village of Bagnoli della Rosandra in the far north-east of Italy for the 2nd Trail Jamarun, a lovely small running event which features an outstandingly scenic route.
The race was staged in the Val Rosandra, a spectacular gorge on the edge of the cosmopolitan port city of Trieste. Over 200,000 people live in this fascinating city, which is squeezed in between the northern Adriatic and the 400-metre-high Karst Plateau.
The circular route took runners through the gorge and up to the plateau with its beautiful open grassland. Parts of the course ran through neighbouring Slovenia.
Michele Ermacora and Valentina Bonanni, both top runners from the region, secured victory ahead of strong athletes from Italy, the U.S., Bulgaria and El Salvador.
Results Trail Jamarun 2011
Men: 102 finishers
Women: 11 finishers
The race started off at 4pm in the village of Bagnoli della Rosandra.
Participants ran through the impressive Val Rosandra, ...
... past a 36-metre-high waterfall, ...
... and then uphill to ...
... the beautiful Karst Plateau. Valentina Bonanni from Trieste led the women, ...
... ahead of Annalisa Muran, ...
... through the village of Beka, which is in Slovenia, ...
... back into the Val Rosandra, ...
... and uphill again to the top of Monte Carso ...
... where runners enjoyed wonderful views of the Gulf of Trieste.