Top runners at SCIACCHETRAIL 2018: sport and commitment to the environment run together

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The Ultra Trail of the Cinque Terre inspired by the esteemed wine Sciacchetrà is now in its fourth edition scheduled for March 24th, 2018.

With an evocative and challenging course, 47 km with 2600 meters of elevation gain, Sciacchetrail is also a cultural project through which heroes of sport enter symbolically in contact with those who over centuries have given life, in harmony with the environment, to the UNESCO World Heritage terraced landscape.

Anton Kupricka ©Fred Marmsater

Perhaps it is due also to its ethical values that this year the race will boast the presence of international ambassadors and icons of the outdoor world: at Monterosso, on race weekend, from March 23rd to the 25th 2018, not only to run but also to discuss sustainability, respect for the environment, and the local community. 

An eagerly awaited guest of Sciacchetrail is Anton Krupicka, American ultrarunner and team La Sportiva Ambassador who will not run the race but will be present in the Cinque Terre on the weekend of the event.  Born in 1983, with an unmistakable look of an adventurer, and known worldwide for his numerous feats in some of the toughest ultra trail races, winning the Lavaredo Ultra Trail in 2014 and twice winning the Leadville Trail 100, the trail running icon follows other mountain pursuits like climbing and ski mountaneering, core sectors of the Trentino company.

At our fourth edition we are pleased to have once again Nike Trail Elite athlete Sally McRae, by now an honorary citizen of the Cinque Terre. She believed in us from the beginning, when Sciacchetrail was still an exotic and unpronounceable name. No language barrier, with “Yellowrunner” it was immediately an elective affinity.  Running all over the world, Sally has inspired us and given us confidence. She just recently won the Tarawera 100 mile endurance race in New Zealand, and in addition to pro racing she is also a coach, writer, motivational speaker and inspiration to countless runners.  She lives and trains in Huntington Beach, California.

Clare Gallagher The Patagonia Trail Running Ambassador will be at Sciacchetrail for the first time to experience not only its beauty, but also the values that make this small stretch of Liguria a community to protect.  Clare is an exceptional athlete, having won the 2016 Leadville Trail 100 mile and the 2017 CCC, and is also a passionate activist for the defense of the planet.  She is engaged in a long list of environmental battles, working with groups like Protect Our Winters and @winterwildlandsalliance.

She lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado USA.

Gitti Schiebel

Another Patagonia Trail Running ambassador racing on our wine trails is Gitti Schiebel. Gitti loves the mountains, especially those near her home in Bavaria. For her, satisfaction comes from running up a mountain and watching the sunset from the summit.  Gitti continues to run with success after having a child in 2015, but for her speed is not important. To be outside, enjoy contact with nature, this is what trail running means to her. Gitti ran as a member of the German National Team at the 2013, 2016 and 2017 Trail World Championships. Most recently she won the 2017 Tenno Trail Marathon.

We are excited to have Amanda Basham with us, a Altra Running and GORE RUNNING WEAR athlete. After winning her first ever ultra race (a 50 K) a few years ago,

Amanda Basham

she has continued to have success at races of all distances including a win at the USATF 50 Mile Trail Championships in 2015, 4th at the prestigious Western States 100 in 2016 and a top 20 finish at the highly competitive 2017 UTMB.  In 2017 she won several US races including the Ultra Race of Champions 100k, and she started her 2018 season with a second place finish at the Tarawera Ultramarathon 100K in New Zealand. In addition to running professionally, Amanda also runs her own coaching business and works for ifit. She lives and trains in Logan, Utah, USA.

These women of steel will be joined by a strong field of fast men including:

Georg Piazza, team La Sportiva, first at the Sellaronda Trailrunning 60k and second at the Maddalene Sky Marathon, both in 2016. In 2017, 2nd at the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon and 3rd at Giir Di Mont.

Jimmy Pellegrini, team Montura, elevation world record holder with 20.416 meters of elevation in under 24 hours, 1st at the Adamello Ultra Trail 180k and Trail del Cinghiale 84k in 2015. 2nd at Le Porte di Pietra in 2016 and 4th last year at the Dolomiti Extreme Trail 103k.

Zac Marion, team Altra Running, Gore Apparel, Ultraspire, Gu energy labs. 1st at the Pony Express Trail Run 50mi, Speedgoat Quadbanger and Antelope Island Buffalo Run 50mi in 2016, and this year 2nd at the Black Canyon Ultras 60k.

Taylor Maltz 3rd at the 2016 Sean O’Brien 50 mi, 1st at the 2017 MD Heat Trail Race 50k and 3rd at the Algonquin 50k in 2018.

Caleb Schiff, Nathan Sports athlete, 2nd at the 2016 Trans Rockies 120mi and 1st at the 2017 Mongolion Monster 105k

And then there are the national specialists with a score to settle with Sciacchetrail, and therefore will be hard to beat: Simone Corsini, New Balance ambassador, 2nd last year at Sciacchetrail; Filippo Canetta, founder of Wild Tee, 4th last year, and winner of the 2017 Quadrifoglio Trail della Val Taro 60km and 2015 The Abbots Way; Giovanni Paris, 3rd at Sciacchetrail in 2016 and 2017.

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