Featured events in Friuli Venezia Giulia

 2018-06-24 - Starting from Tarvisio, near Udine, the Berg Lauf Tarvisio is an international 11k uphill mountain race ending up near the Monte Lussari sanctuary. Since the XVI Century this place has been the destination of pilgrimages of Slavics, Italians and Germans; today is also paired with a hostel featuring eleven graceful rooms to experience the naturalistic beauty of this pristine environment. Once the race is over, participants can return back via cablecar.

 2018-03-25 - From Cividale del Friuli (capital of the Lombard kingdom) through Palmanova (Venician fortress dating back to the 1500s) to Aquileia (strategic frontier fortress to protect the Romans during the invasion of Hannibal) the Unesco cities marathon delivers what its title promises, featuring a full marathon, a relay race (26k + 16k) and a shorter 16k option to discover three World Heritage Sites.

 2018-01-06 - 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.

 2017-06-25 - If you are a history buff, then the Trail del Carso, 32 cippi per ricordare in Gradisca d'Isonzo is the race for you. The 14k and 7k trail courses have been designed to explore the sites of many of the World War I battles. The event name means "32 memorial stones to remember" and winds through the open-air museum of the mount San Michele sacred area featuring carved stones to remember Italian and Austro-Hungarian soldiers killed in action in 1916.

 2017-05-07 - The Green Europe Marathon & Half Marathon in Trieste features two of the most spectacular courses in the world. The marathon will start from Lipica, in nearby Slovenia, with a course running through the villages in the Slovenian and Triestine Karst, before reaching the scenic coastal road, continuing along Barcola waterfront, and then diving into the heart of the city. The half marathon will start from Duino. The finish line of both races will be in Trieste, in Piazza Unità  d'Italia, the largest European square overlooking the sea.

 2016-08-14 - Each year in August the local tourist office in Corgnolo, near Udine, welcomes runners to the Marcia del toro (Running of the bull). Nothing to do with the Pamplona one - in this case the bulls are not running after the participants but slowly cooked for more than twenty hours on a spit during the annual "sagra" (food festival). The running event features three distances - 21k, 12k, and a shorter 7k course.

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