Italian Mountain Running Champions Named at Trofeo Nasego

Story written by Italian running journalist Alberto Stretti and edited by Richard Bolt. Photo credits D. Benedetto and M. Gulberti (for You can read Corsa in Montagna’s Italian language Trofeo Nasego race summary on their website.

Last weekend, the Trofeo Nasego race hosted Italy’s mountain running national championship where local hero’s went up against the worlds best. Inclement weather in Casto, Italy for the Trofeo Nasego race didn’t stop athletes from running fast along the hills and mountains of the Savallese region. The 2019 edition of this classic mountain running event was also an associate race member of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) and will be part of their Athlete World Ranking. [Editor’s Note: ATRA executive director Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA treasurer and council member]

In Saturday’s vertical kilometer Andrea Mayr (Austria) won the women’s competition in an impressive course record of 38 minutes 39 seconds, going under the previous record by over 4 minutes. Nobody was able to follow her along the tough uphill course where she ran solo from start to finish. Second place went to Primitive Nyora (Rawanda) who finished in 42 minutes 38 seconds. Third place was taken by veteran mountain runner Valentina Belotti (Italy) in 43 minutes 06 seconds. Valentina was the former course record holder and became the new Italian National Champion of Vertical Kilometer and ran faster than her previous course record time.

There was a duel from the start in the men’s race between Davide Magnini (Italy) and El Housine Elazzaoui (Moracco). Running close for most of the race, it was only in second half where course that the terrain became tougher and Davide Magnini took the lead and went on to a new course record of 35 minutes 37 seconds. Elhousine ElAzzaoui (Moracco) held on for second place in 35 minutes 38 seconds. Third placed went to Hannes Perkmann (Italy) who did a massive closing effort to finish in 36 minutes 13 seconds. Davide Magnini became the new Italian National Champion in the Vertical Kilometer.

On Sunday, the longer distance Trofeo Nasego race was an up and down course measuring 21.5 km. Andrew Douglas (Great Britain) surprised everyone with a fast start and took control at 2 km into the race. The Scottish runner increased his lead till 14 km clocking a maximum gap of 1 minute 25 seconds over Julien Rancon (France), Robert Surum (Kenya) and promising young talent Sylvain Cachard (France).

On hardest hill of the course, Douglas’ lead went down a little but he never worried about others coming from back. On last downhill Douglas did his best to solidify his leadership taking a massive new new course record in 1 hour 35 minutes 37 seconds. Second place for young gun Sylvain Cachard (France) who reached finish line of Trofeo Nasego in 1 hour 36 minutes 51 seconds. Third place completed a real international podium as Robert Surum (Kenya) finished in 1 hour 37 minutes 06 seconds. Fifth place overall and first Italian was former European Champion Martin DeMatteis who clocked 1 hour 38 minutes 11 seconds becoming the new Italian National Champion in long distance mountain running.

Lucy Murigi (Kenya) came to Casto to confirm her status of queen of mountain running after twice winning the World Mountain Running Championships. 2018 was a tough race for her at Trofeo Nasego due to injury but this year she strongly demonstrated 2018 was only a bad day. Lucy Murigi (Kenya) closed the 2019 race with an impressive kick to fly away from all other contenders as she ran totally alone and relaxed from the start.

By the finish Lucy won the race in new course record of 1 hour 52 minutes 23 seconds, besting second place Sarah McCormack (Ireland) who ran 1 hour 53 minutes 25 seconds. Third place went to Erica Ghelfi (Italy) who claimed the bronze medal in 1 hour 54 minutes 29 seconds and earned the Italian National Championship title.

These four course records are even more impressive due to the inclement weather and tell us how deep and talented the field was this past weekend in Casto, Italy. Proving an important race on the international mountain running scene, Trofeo Nasego now looks forward to seeing its talented finishers take on the rest of the mountain running season.

To find more mountain running races, check out our 2019 event calendar.


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