Cortina Trail

Cortina Trail
9th edition
26 June 2020 09 a.m.
48 km 2600 m+
Time limit: 12 hours

In collaboration with the Municipality of Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Alpine Rescue Team and the Italian Alpine Club, Camelbag ssdrl has organised the ninth edition of “Cortina Trail”, a partially self-sufficiency mountain trail running race in an alpine environment, on Friday 26 June 2020.


The Cortina Trail is a running race that takes place along paths in the Dolomite Mountains - a World Heritage site - with a distance of about 48 km and variation in altitude of 2,600 metres a.s.l. The race is in part self-sufficient and it starts on Friday 26 June 2020 at 9:00 a.m. in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo; maximum time: 12 hours.


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


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 (see Art. 5), which does not expire before 26 June 2020.
The following athletes may not register:
- athletes who have been disqualified for using performance-enhancing substances
- athletes who have been blacklisted by La Sportiva Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

In order to register for the Cortina Trail, qualifying races are not necessary, however, previous participation in long trail runs is advisable.


b) Registration procedures
Pre-registration starts on 1 December 2019 and closes on 10 December 2019.
In the pre-registration form the following fields must be filled:
- Name
- Surname
- Date of birth
- E-mail address
- Nationality
- Indicate if you were unsuccessful in the Cortina Trail 2019 selection

If participating in a group, all group members must pre-register individually and indicate the name of their group; in case of random selection, groups will be considered as a single entity.
Pre-registration is free. Should there be a higher request than the number of places available, participants shall be extracted at random.

On 15 December, athletes who were successful in the draw will find a link to register in their personal space. Registration must be completed by 20 December. Failure to do so within the established time limits will lead to the annulment of pre-registration.


Registration without participation in the draw
- Athletes who were not successful in the 2019 edition draw
All athletes who were not successful in the 2019 Cortina Trail draw, who have the necessary requirements to participate can register without participating in the draw. However, they must still pre-register and tick the box for athletes who were unsuccessful in the 2019 draw.
- Elite Runners
Elite athletes can register without participating in the draw on the basis of the ITRA Index of performance indicated in the following table:




Registration free of charge without participation in the draw



Registration with payment but without participation in the draw




Athletes with an ITRA Index between 750 and 850 (men) and between 650 and 750 (women) must pre-register from 1 to 10 December.
Applications to register of elite runners having ITRA Index >850 for men and > 750 for women, must be sent by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 10 January 2020 at the latest.

At the start of the race, elite athletes must place themselves at the head of the line-up on the basis of their race bib number and in accordance with indications from volunteers.
Elite athletes must:
- be present at press conferences and official ceremonies to which they have been invited;
- be present at relevant prize-giving ceremonies;
- be at the starting line at least 20 minutes before the start of the race.


c) Registration fees
The registration fee is 60 Euros and includes the following:
- race number bib
- assistance and refreshments along the race route
- race pack
- gadget for the finishers


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


e) Maximum number
The maximum number of registered athletes is 1,800.


f) Cancellation
If a participant wishes to cancel registration, he/she must notify the organisers by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
The following are the reimbursement procedures:
- cancellation by 31/03/2020: 50% of fee will be reimbursed
- cancellation by 24/05/2020: 40% of fee will be reimbursed
- cancellation after 24/05/2020: no reimbursement.

Reimbursements will be made by 31 August 2020 and are subject to the deduction of bank charges pertaining to refund processing.

Should the race be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control, up to 15 days before the race, the Organisation reserves the right to refund 50% of the admission fee. This percentage is calculated to enable the Organisation 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.

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
Any athlete found with another athlete’s race bib during or after the race will be disqualified and blacklisted by the Lavaredo Ultra Trail.


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) between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Thursday 25 June 2020.
- at PALESTRA REVIS (via dei Campi 1, Cortina d'Ampezzo) between 7 and 8 a.m. on Friday 26 June.
In order to receive their race bib number, athletes must:
- present a valid identity document
- show all the mandatory equipment.


The following equipment must be carried by athletes for the entire duration of the race:

- camelbag or water bottle holder with a capacity for at least a litre of liquid
- race bib number visible during the entire duration of the race
- emergency blanket
- whistle
- cell phone switched on but on silent mode
- waterproof jacket with an integrated hood, made with a waterproof membrane like Goretex with minimum 10,000 Schmerber, designed to withstand the bad weather in the mountains. It is the runner's responsibility to bring a jacket that respects these criteria. In case of a check before or during the race, the steward or judge will decide if the jacket respects the criteria outlined in the official race regulations.
- long sleeved t-shirt
- long trousers or trousers at least to the knee (capri pants)
- hat or bandana
- gloves
- cup, glass or water bottle (there are no glasses at the refreshment points)
- appropriate footwear
- cup, glass or water bottle (there are no glasses at the refreshment points). In order to reduce the use of plastic, there will be no disposable ware (cutlery, beakers, plates, bowls) available at refreshment points thus athletes must bring their own cutlery and containers if they wish to eat hot/cold food.
Mandatory equipment may be worn or placed inside the race backpack.
Mandatory equipment will be checked when athletes pick up their race bib numbers. The race bib number will not be given to those who fail to show all the mandatory equipment.
Furthermore, spot checks will be carried out during the race.


Race participants are advised to bring the following equipment with them:
- waterproof trousers
- energy bars or solid food
- at least 20€ to buy food in the Alpine huts
- elastic bandages for dressings
Trekking poles are permitted.


The maximum time allowed for reaching the finish line is 12 hours (before 9:00 p.m. on Friday 26 June). A “pick up” service will follow the last runner, in order to help the athletes who withdraw and ensure anyone with injuries is assisted.
There will be two cut off points in
- Rifugio Col Gallina (23° km) at 3 p.m. (6 hours into the race))
- Passo Giau (31 km) at 5 p.m. (8 hours into the race).
The cut off point is situated after the refreshment point. Athletes who do not reach the cut off points 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.
In order to safeguard the health of the participants, medical staff at the check points have the authority to stop runners who are judged unfit to continue the race. In this case, the participant must follow the indications of the medical staff. Anyone who fails to do so will be immediately disqualified.
Participants who reach the check points after the maximum time, those who are injured and those who are judged by the medical staff to be unfit to continue the race, and any other athletes who decide to drop out, shall be taken to the finish line by shuttle bus. For logistical reasons, athletes who have dropped out may have to wait before being accompanied to the finish area. Any participant who drops out of the race at any point other than the established check points should make their own way back to Cortina and immediately inform the race organisers by text message to the number indicated on the bib number.


This is a semi self-sufficient race and athletes are obliged to bring at least a supply of one litre of water.
Semi-self-sufficiency is defined as the ability to be autonomous between refreshment points in terms of food and equipment and also to be safely able to adapt to any problems (bad weather, physical distress, injury…).

This means that the following rules are necessary:
- athletes must always carry all obligatory equipment during the entire race.
- food and drink acquired in refreshment points must be consumed there. The Organisers only provide water or energetic drinks for flasks/water bottles and Camelbaks. When leaving refreshment points, athletes must have a sufficient quantity of water and food to reach the following refreshment point.
Assistance from family or team members is not permitted (see Art. 10).

There will be 3 refreshment stations along the route:
- Rifugio Col Gallina (23 km)
- Passo Giau (30 km)
- Rifugio Croda da Lago (38 km)
Only athletes carrying a visible race number have access to the refreshment stations.
Food and liquids from the refreshment stations must be consumed at the refreshment station; it is strictly forbidden for athletes to drink from the bottles provided by the Refreshment stations; waste must be thrown into the appropriate rubbish bins present.
Camelbags or water bottles can only be filled with water.
When leaving each refreshment station, athletes must have sufficient liquid and food to reach the next station.
There is another refreshment point at the finish line. It will also be possible to make use of the mountain shelters along the route where athletes can purchase food and drink (at their own expense).


Assistance from family or team members is not permitted.
Pacing and muling are not allowed.


From 8 a.m. on Friday 26 June inside the PALESTRA REVIS (via dei Campi 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 finished, bags must be collected at the PALESTRA REVIS before 9:30 p.m. on Friday 26 June upon presentation of their race bib.


Athletes must be present in Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL) by 8:30 a.m. on Friday 26 June 2020. At 9:00 am the race will begin.


The Cortina trail 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 Trail 2020 takes the following route:
Cortina (Corso Italia), Cadin di Sopra, Laghi Ghedina, Passo Posporcora, Val Travenanzes, Forcella Col dei Bos, Rifugio Col Gallina, Pian dei Menis, Rifugio Averau (Forcella Nuvolau), Passo Giau, Forcella Giau, Forcella Ambrizzola, Rifugio Croda da Lago, Mortisa, Cortina (Corso Italia).
The total distance is 48 km and there are 2,600 meters of altitude variation a.s.l.
Should adverse weather conditions occur or one or more paths become impassable, alternative routes will be outlined at the briefing before the start of the race.
The race kilometres are not marked. Athletes 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 participants.


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.


Members of the organisation and of the Alpine Rescue Team shall be in constant contact with the Race HQ and will be positioned along the race route. Ambulances with paramedics shall be positioned at different points along the race route, but also at the start and finish, where a doctor and an advanced medical site shall be present. 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. Refusal to undergo the check on mandatory race equipment will result in immediate disqualification.


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 dropping rubbish along the route shall be disqualified from the race and incur the penalties laid down in municipal regulations.
Athletes must follow the outlined paths and avoid leaving them so as not to cause damage to the surrounding environment.
The Organisers advise athletes to carry a small bag for refuse or any tissues which can then be disposed of at refreshment points.
In order to reduce the impact on the environment, athletes will not be given plastic cups at the refreshment points. Each athlete shall be required to carry their 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 organisation reserves 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 organisation also reserves 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 bib number:
- failing to pass a check point;
- taking shortcuts;
- leaving rubbish along the race route;
- failing to aid a participant in difficulty;
- insulting or threatening 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 mandatory equipment;

A one-hour penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failing to have a wind cheater (anorak), a survival blanket/heatsheet, container for 1 litre of liquid;
- availing of assistance along the route.
A thirty-minute penalty will be incurred for the following infringements:
- failure to have a whistle, a long sleeved top, pants that come to the knee, cap or bandana, gloves, drinking cup or water bottle, visible 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. 19 PRIZES
Non monetary prizes shall be awarded to the first 5 men and the first 5 women. Each athlete who completes the race within the maximum time limit will be given a Finisher gadget.
Prizes will be awarded on Friday 26 June at 9 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.


By registering for the race, participating athletes authorise the organisers to freely use any still or moving images depicting them during their participation in The Cortina Trail 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.