SciaccheTrail is an amazing 47-km race among the vineyards, sanctuaries and villages of the Cinque Terre, Liguria. The second edition of this ultra-trail will take place on 20 March 2016.
The event unites two passions: one for the precious passito wine (sciacchetrà) produced on the sloping terraces, and the other for trail running, a discipline that provides the opportunity to experience the characteristics of the local territory.
The similarities are many between the Sciacchetrà wine produced in small quantities with a long and complex process, and the SciaccheTrail course along which only 200 racers will run.
The first edition of SciaccheTrail, which we covered last year, was a major sports event with participants from all over the world, including ultra-runner and top athlete Sally McRae from California.
Sports & Community, far beyond the Cinque Terre of postcards
Running along the ancient mule tracks leads the racers back to the origins of the various territories, through their histories and economies. Rediscovering all of this through hard effort is a truly rewarding experience.
Trail running has been promoted by territories and entities like the Cinque Terre National Park, because they have understood that this discipline brings tourism sensitive to environmental issues and sustainability.
Another important aspect is that of de-seasonalization of tourism flows, as running can be enjoyed 365 days a year along the Cinque Terre and the Gulf of Poets, allowing racers to see the authentic local lifestyle in off peak periods.
Far from the hustle and bustle of the summer crowds, registered runners will be able to live the peace and tranquility of the Cinque Terre with pre- and post-race yoga sessions in Monterosso, led by yoga teacher and psychologist Malcolm Bilotta.
Racers & Vineyards
The 2016 SciaccheTrail has received the patronage of the Italian National Commission for UNESCO, for the following reasons: “The course winds through sites recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage, contributing to their promotion and understanding, and fits perfectly within the objective recognized by UNESCO”.
This prestigious recognition confirms the great ethical significance of the event that pays tribute to the landscape and its winemakers of the local territory. Did you know that Portovenere, the Cinque Terre and the Islands of Palmaria, Tino and Tinetto are a World Heritage Site? Find out more on UNESCO’s website.
Registration is still open for the ultra-trail organized by ASD Cinque Terre with the contribution and patronage of the Cinque Terre National Park. If you would like to join or receive more information, visit sciacchetrail.com
To visit and explore Liguria off the beaten track, you might consider visiting what many have dubbed “the sixth land” – Portovenere, which is only 30 minutes away from Riomaggiore and 50 from Monterosso, and easily accessible by car, boat or train. Grand Hotel Portovenere offers a panoramic location, a Mediterranean restaurant and charming rooms that provide the perfect atmosphere and comfort for relaxing after a long day out.
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