Trofeo Vanoni preview
The 64th edition of the legendary mountain race, Trofeo Vanoni, will take place on 24th October in Morbegno, Italy. This race is always one of the highlights of the mountain running calendar.
The Trofeo Vanoni machine has been rolling for a while now, with route testing, race planning and those all-important team selections.
To help set the scene for this year's race the organisers have put together a great video of the course, complete with drone shots:
They also organised runs along the routes for runners to test them out. There are different routes for the men's and women's teams, a 7.5km course with 435m of ascent for the men and a 5km route with 248m for the women. Both races are run in a relay format, with 3 runners taking part for each team.
A new element for the race this year was the fact that the press conference took place in an exciting location: the Tempietto. It's a symbolic places of the race as the athletes pass through it both uphill and downhill. The organisers explained, "Thanks to the valuable collaboration of ANA Morbegno and the Municipality we thought this year to propose something new - explains the president of GS CSI Morbegno Giovanni Ruffoni - the idea was received with great enthusiasm. The Tempietto is the symbol of Morbegno and also a symbol for the Vanoni Trophy. A double link because the first club of the Minivanoni is awarded by the Alpini with the Trophy in memory of Mons. Edoardo Danieli and Battaglion Morbegno"
Registrations are still open at www.trofeovanoni.it until noon on Thursday 21 October. The website is also a mine of information with programs, regulations, routes, list of awards, past results, rankings, statistics, and a gallery. For the latest updates see their Facebook and Instagram (@trofeovanoni).