A new distance for Adamello Ultra Trail: here comes the 60 km race

The trail and ultrarunning event in the Pontedilegno-Tonale area (20-22 September) further expands its offer with a brand-new challenge: Adamello Half Trail (AHT), which retraces the first part of the route of the two longest distances, is the organisation’s treat towards the tenth edition

Following the debut of a Vertical race last year, Adamello Ultra Trail continues in its progression by providing running fans and enthusiasts with a new challenge in the Italian Alps. From the 2024 edition (20-22 September), marking the event’s tenth anniversary, the Pontedilegno-Tonale area will field another challenge: Adamello Half Trail (AHT), featuring 60 km and 4000 m of elevation gain.

This new distance joins the traditional ones, 35, 100 and 170 km, and makes the #AUT weekend of running, history and passion for the mountains and the outdoors even more intense. Indeed, the start of the new distance is set from the event’s headquarters in Vezza d’Oglio (Brescia) for Friday, September 20th at 8:00 AM, halfway between the start of the 100 km (7:00 AM) and that of the 170 km (9:00 AM). The time limit to complete the route is 18 hours, with participation limited to 100 entrants: the entry fee is of 70,00 euro until June 30th, then 80,00 euro until the registrations’ deadline. In terms of rankings, the 60km counts as UTMB qualifier 100k and awards 3 ITRA points.

The route of the Adamello Half Trail retraces the first part of the longer distances’ trails, with the emotional crossings of Great War trenches, such as at Cima Rovaia or the Bocchetta di Valmassa. The decisive turn occurs in Sant’Apollonia, in the municipality of Ponte di Legno, thus keeping the entire race in the Brescia province, in Lombardy: from there, the route turns south towards Villa Dalegno, a hamlet in the Temù municipality, where the route rejoins that of the 100 km and continues with a long downhill on the Via Carolingia to the finish line.

The new 60 km course never drops below 1,000 metres of altitude, just like the 35 km race: despite this, the race features over 4.000 meters of overall elevation gain, and is thus expected to be particularly demanding, with the highest point above 2,600 meters, in the Bocchetta di Valmassa area.

Over the years we have always aimed to offer an accessible and high-quality event. There was a large gap between the 35 and 100 km distances, and with this new route we want to provide a further option for discovering our trails and mountains, as well as making something special for our tenth edition. We now have races ranging from the 3.9 km Adamello Vertical Kilometer to the 170 km Adamello Ultra Trail, not to mention the Junior events: there is something for all skills, experiences and ages”, commented Paolo Gregorini, head of ASD Adamello Ultra Trail, the event’s organizing team.

Other novelties of this tenth anniversary include a new group registration format, offering one free registration for every six entrants. Registrations are now open in the early bird phase, with special fees, until June 30th.

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