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January featured events

 Emilia Romagna - Strap yourself for the post-holiday diet, Italian style, and be one of the participants at the Corsa dei ciccioli, in Bagnacavallo (Ravenna), also dubbed "Trofeo del colesterolo, Gran premio dei trigliceridi" (Cholesterol Trophy, Triglycerides Grand Prix). The title of this 9k event is a mouthful, and it is all because of the prize runners will receive at the finish line - a bag of "ciccioli", leftover pieces of pork compressed, dried, and aged in a sack cloth, before they are served "wet" sliced, or "dry" as delicious crunchy chips.
www.gslamone.blogspot.it

 Friuli Venezia Giulia - If you think you are brave enough to challenge the elements, then sign up for the Corsa della bora in Aurisina, near Trieste. Most common during the winter, the "bora" wind blows in gusts that can reach 100 mph, and it can be called "bora chiara" (light bora) in the presence of clear skies, or "bora scura" (dark bora) when it comes with rain or snow. Whether you are going to endure this wind, typical of this area, the race is a demanding 100-mile ultramarathon, also in a relay format, but on a very panoramic course between Italy and Slovenia. Shorter courses are also available.
www.s1trail.com

 Lombardia - Every January 6 Italy celebrates the Epiphany. In Dalmine, near Bergamo, the local running club organizes the traditional Mezza maratona sul Brembo, a half marathon on a traffic-free paved course that goes through the nearby towns of Treviolo, Dalmine, Osio Sopra and Osio Sotto. The start is at 10 a.m. from the city hall.
www.mezzasulbrembo.it

 Sicilia - The Maratona di Ragusa will be held in Ragusa, on the island of Sicily. The city is built on a wide limestone hill between two deep valleys, Cava San Leonardo and Cava Santa Domenica. Together with seven other cities in the Val di Noto, it is listed among the Unesco World Heritage Sites. Both the full and the half marathon are scheduled to start around 8 in the morning.
www.maratonadiragusa.com

 Toscana - The Ronda ghibellina will be held in Castiglion Fiorentino, an Etruscan medieval walled city dating back to the 4th century bC, located in Tuscany, in the Arezzo province. It is a self-sufficient trail run featuring three courses: 43, 27, and 13 kilometers. The night before there is pasta party for all participants.
www.rondaghibellina-trail.com

 Toscana - In Vinci, near Firenze, the local running club organizes the traditional Maratonina cittą  di Vinci, a 14.5k competitive event, with two fun runs (4.5k and 10k). Renaissance inventor Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April 1452, in a farmhouse about 3 kilometres (1.9 miles) from the town. Half a million visitors a year come to visit the Museum of Leonardo and his birthplace.
www.atleticavinci.it

 Toscana - The Mugello GP run consists in one or two loops of the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, a race track circuit in Tuscany property of Scuderia Ferrari which uses it for Formula One testing. The length of the track is 5.245 kilometers. It has 15 turns and a long straight. The event features a shorter kids run on the go-kart track.
www.mugellogprun.it

 Trentino Alto Adige - The Non Valley is the land of apples, grana cheese, castles, forests and... snowshoes. More than forty years ago the idea of a running race with snowshoes - "ciaspole" in Italian - started from the intuition of Alessandro Bertagnolli, the former director of the local turist office, and La Ciaspolada has now become the most popular event on the snow in all of Italy. It is an international 7k run on the white trails of the Trentino region. No snowshoes? No problem - you can rent them.
www.ciaspolada.it


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