Cortina Skyrace

Cortina Skyrace
6th edition
25 June 2020 5 p.m.
20 km 1000 m+
Time limits: 4 hours

In collaboration with the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Alpine Rescue Team and the Italian Alpine Club, Camelbag ssdrl has organised the sixth edition of “Cortina Skyrace”, an in part self-sufficiency mountain trail running race in an alpine environment, on 25 June 2020.


Cortina Skyrace is a running race that takes place along paths in the Dolomite Mountains – a World Heritage Site - for about 20 km and with a variation in altitude of 1.000 metres a.s.l. The race is in part self-sufficient and it starts on Thursday 25 June 2020 at 5.00 p.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo; maximum time: 4 hours.


In order to participate in the race, athletes must have had previous experience in the mountains, should not suffer from vertigo, should have a high standard of athletic preparation and have suitable clothes for temperatures that can range from -5 to + 30 degrees.


a) Registration requirements
Entry is open to athletes aged 18 and over who are in possession of a valid medical certificate specifically for sports racing activities, which does not expire before 25 June 2020. Athletes who have been disqualified for using performance-enhancement drugs shall not be accepted.
In order to register for Cortina Skyrace, it is not necessary to have completed any qualifying race.


b) Registration procedures
The registration starts on 10 January 2020 and closes on 15 May 2020 or when the maximum number of 400 participants has been reached.


c) Registration fees
- 30.00 Euros from 10 January to 10 March
- 35.00 Euros from 11 March to 15 May.
The registration fees includes the following:
- a race bib number
- assistance and one refreshment along the race route
- race pack
- finisher medal
- post race refreshment


d) Payment procedures
Registration fees can be paid by Credit Card.


e) Fixed number
The maximum number is 400 registered athletes.


f) Cancellation
No reimbursement will be made if athletes fail to participate.


The following is not allowed:
- Postponing registration to the following year
- Moving between races
- Giving a bib number to another person or exchanging bib numbers
Athletes caught with race bibs belonging to other athletes, even after the race, will be disqualified and blacklisted by the Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

Should the race be cancelled because of circumstances beyond our control up to 15 days before the race, the Organisers reserves the right to refund 50% of the admission fee. This percentage is calculated to enable the Organisers to cover part of the expenses incurred.

Should the race be cancelled or interrupted for atmospheric reasons, or for any other reason beyond our control, no refund of the registration fee will be made.


Non-Italian athletes must fill in the certificate which can be downloaded at this link (coming soon), have it signed and stamped by a doctor and upload it on their personal runner space on by 15 May 2020.
Failure to do by this date will lead to the annulment of registration without reimbursement.


The race number and race pack distribution shall take place at the Ice Stadium (via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 pm on Thursday 25 June.
In order to receive their race bib number, athletes must present a valid Identity Document.


It is mandatory for the athletes to have the following equipment with them, for the full duration of the race:
- camelbag or bottles that contain at least half litre of liquid
- race bib number visible for the full duration of the race
- wind cheater (anorak)
- drinking cup or water bottle (No drinking cups shall be available at the refreshment areas)
- suitable shoes
The mandatory equipment may be worn or placed inside the backpack.
Random checks shall be made along the race route.
The use of poles is not permitted.


The maximum time to reach the finish line is 4 hours (before 9 p.m. on Thursday 25 June).
A “pick up” service will follow the last runner, in order to help the athletes who withdraw and to be sure that anyone with injuries is assisted.
There shall be one time limit/cut off point to ensure that slower athletes do not have to run in the dark:
- Malga Larieto (15 km) athletes must pass this point before 8 p.m. (3 hours into the race).
The cut off point is situated after the refreshment point. Athletes who do not reach the cut off point on time will not be allowed to continue the race. It is forbidden to go beyond the cut-off point and then go back to use the refreshment point. Race officials reserve the right to disqualify athletes who disrespect the rules.

Participants who reach the check point after the maximum time, those who are injured, and any other athletes who decide to drop out, shall be taken to the finish line by shuttle bus. For logistical reasons, competitors who have withdrawn may have to wait before being returned to the finish area. Any participant who withdraws from the race at any point other than the established check point should make their own way back to Cortina and immediately inform the race organisers by telephone or by text message.


Athletes are required to run in semi self-sufficiency and must carry at least half a litre of water.
There will be only one refreshment station along the route: Malga Larieto (15 km).
Only the runners carrying a visible race number have access to the refreshment station.
Food and drinks from the refreshment station must be consumed at the refreshment station; it is strictly forbidden for athletes to drink from the bottles provided by the refreshment station. Garbage must be thrown into the trash cans present in the refreshment station.
Camelbags or water bottles can only be filled with water.
At the finish line there is another refreshment point.
Athletes must pay for any food or drinks they consume in the mountain refuges.
Assistance from family or team members is not tolerated.
Pacing and muling are not allowed.


Athletes are required to be in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL) before 4.30 p.m. on Thursday 25 June 2020. The race will start at 5.00 p.m. Inside the Ice Stadium (Via Bonacossa 1, Cortina d’Ampezzo) there will be changing rooms and cloakrooms. Athletes are advised not to place objects of value in the bags; the organisers accept no liability for any theft, loss or damage of bags or their contents. Once the race is over, bags must be collected at the Ice Stadium before 9:15 p.m. on Thursday 25 June upon presentation of race bib.


The Cortina Skyrace race route has been classified with a red label: EE itinerary for expert excursionists. This itinerary requires the ability to run on particular kinds of terrain, trails and impervious or treacherous paths (slopes with rocky outcroppings or debris) that are sometimes without barriers.
The Cortina Skyrace 2020 takes the following route:
Cortina (Corso Italia), Pista ciclabile, Vigna 1350, Forcella Zumeles, Forcella Sonforca, Malga Larieto, Rifugio Mietres, Col Tondo, Cortina - Corso Italia, for a total of 20 km and 1,000 meters of variation a.s.l.
Should adverse weather conditions occur or one or more paths become inaccessible, alternative routes will be outlined at the briefing before the start of the race.
The race kilometres are not marked. Runners should therefore adhere strictly to the marked race route and avoid taking shortcuts or cutting out sections of the route. Any departures from the official route will lead to disqualification and is at the sole risk of athletes.


Participants are advised to take out valid individual insurance to cover search and rescue costs in Italy.
ITRA (International Trail Running Association) members can take out search and rescue insurance which is valid all over the world. For more information: Athletes are responsible for handing over their personal file to their insurance company if necessary within the given timeframe.


Race personnel and members of the Alpine Rescue Team shall be in constant contact with the Race HQ and be positioned along the race route. An ambulance with paramedics shall be positioned at the start and finish. Check points shall be set up along the route, where members of the staff shall monitor the athletes as they pass and also apply random checks to verify that the athletes are in possession of the mandatory race equipment. Should anyone refuse to undergo the check on the mandatory race equipment, they shall be disqualified immediately.


The race shall take place in a protected natural park area with a natural eco system. Participants are therefore required to fully respect the Alpine environment, in particular by not throwing away rubbish, picking flowers or disturbing the wildlife. Anyone found leaving rubbish along the way shall be disqualified from the race and incur the penalties laid down by municipal regulations. In order to reduce the impact on the environment, the athletes shall NOT be given plastic cups at the refreshment points. Each athlete shall be required to carry his/her own drinking cup or water bottle, which can be filled at the refreshment points.


In case of adverse weather conditions (dense fog, snow or thunder storms), the Organisers reserve the right to make last-minute changes, even during the race, to the race route in order to eliminate potential hazards or conditions that could cause hardship for the participants. The staff shall inform the participants of any changes. The Organisers also reserve the right to suspend or cancel the race if the weather conditions are such that they put athletes, staff or medical teams at risk.


The following infringements will lead to immediate disqualification and withdrawal of the race number bib:
- failing to pass a check point
- taking shortcuts
- leaving rubbish along the race route
- failing to aid a participant in difficulty
- insulting or threatening the staff or volunteers
- using transport during the race
- refusing to undergo checks by the medical staff along the race route
- refusing to allow checks of the mandatory equipment
A one-hour penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failing to have a wind cheater (anorak) or ½ litre water container
- availing of assistance from friends or family during the race.
A thirty-minute penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failing to show the race bib number.
The penalty may be applied immediately as soon as the infringement has been established or at the end of the race.

Penalties or disqualification can be appealed by writing to the race management within 30 minutes of publication of race results. Appeals will be evaluated and answered in the necessary time; decisions are final, without appeal.


Art. 17 PRIZES
Non monetary prizes shall be awarded to the first 3 men and the first 3 women. Each athlete who completes the race within the maximum time limit will be given a Finisher Medal. Prizes will be awarded on Thursday 25 June at 8:30 p.m. at Piazza Dibona in Cortina. Prizes will only be awarded at the prize-giving ceremony, they will not be sent or handed out in advance.


On registration, the competitors authorise the Organisers to freely use any images depicting athletes during their participation in the Cortina Skyrace, whether still or in movement, with no territorial or time limits.


Voluntary registration and subsequent participation in the race indicates full acceptance of the race rules and regulations and any subsequent changes made to them. By registering, participants exempt the organisers from any civil or criminal liability for damage to persons and/or property caused by or to him/her.