Cortina d'Ampezzo, set like a jewel in a crown of Dolomite mountains, will be your base camp for this highlight tour of some of our favorite trail runs in the area. You'll enjoy breathtaking trails in the Italian Dolomites with a private trail running guide for the day and get a chance to enjoy the comfort of a Cortina d'Ampezzo hotel by night. We've curated special routes where you'll visit classic landmarks such as the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Sorapiss Lake, the Cinque Torri, and many more that promise plenty of adventure for your days on the trail. With your Dolomites trail running guide you'll enjoy guided transport up to the highest peaks and trails in the region and enjoy rolling descents and moderate amounts of uphill climbing. There will be plenty of stops at famous Italian rifugios for coffees, pastries, and pasta. In your free evenings you can enjoy the culture and history of this northeastern corner of Italy by visiting museums, spas, lakes, vistas, and fabulous cafes and restaurants in your afternoons and evenings. This is our Runcation for all levels of runners. Learn more below!
Level 1 (Learn More at https://runcation.org/which-trip-is-right-for-me)
This retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace and all levels. Please see detailed itinerary for mileage and elevation gain/loss per day. Optional 12-week training package available from an experienced running coach to ensure you're trained and ready to go for this adventure of a lifetime!
This trip requires a minimum of 6 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer.
Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations
A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants
A 4-star hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo for 5 nights (pricing based on double accommodation)
A 4-star hotel in San Cassiano for one night including access to a wellness spa (pricing based on double accommodation)
A full breakfast spread daily including coffees, teas, juices, fresh-baked pastries, cereals, fruits, yogurts, eggs, pancakes, and more
Baggage transport from accommodations
Transportation from Cortina to day trip trail run locations each day, including private vans, lift tickets, and entry fees
Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route*
*Please note, this Runcation includes private trail running guides during the trail running portion of the day from early morning until late afternoon. In your afternoons and evenings you will be unguided and free to explore!
Alcoholic beverages, dinners, and lunch/snacks during the day
Trip Difficulty: Level 1
More Info Here on Trip Levels:
Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.
Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip.
While this trip accommodate a variety of paces for attending runners, this trip requires participants to cover the mileage and elevation gain as described in the itinerary. It is suggested that you be able to maintain an average pace of 15-20 minutes/mile and must be able to run/jog the flats and downhills (most of the uphills are hiked). Training for this trip is highly recommended, and you can participate in the 12-week group training program designed specifically for this trip as a package add-on to ensure you're able to tackle the trails and get maximum enjoyment of this running retreat!
Although the weather in late summer is often ideal, weather in the mountains is variable and trail conditions are subject to change on an hourly basis! Route subjective to change based on the safety of conditions and climate of the trail.
Day 1: Our trip will start early afternoon with a meet-and-greet and orientation meeting to meet the guides and go over the logistics and itinerary of the upcoming week! Your guide will get you checked in at the hotel and you'll enjoy a flat shakeout run after long days of travel.