Italian Dolomites Runcation: Hut-to-Hut Trail Running July 14-20 2023

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

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Jul 14 - 20, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14
Italian Dolomites Runcation: Hut-to-Hut Trail Running July 14-20 2023
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

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Jul 14 - 20, 2023
Group size: 8 - 14

About this trip

Take the high route this summer in the incredible Italian Dolomites in the northeastern corner of Italy. The Italian Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2009, have been described by the explorer Reinhold Messner as “the most beautiful mountains in the world.” On this hut-to-hut  runcation, or trail running/hiking adventure, we'll crest the impressionable rock spires, mountain passes, and descend through alpine meadows along the famous Alta Via 1 along some of the most beautiful trails in the world. Along the way, we'll take respite from the trail in scenic and comfortable staffed mountain lodges, or rifugios, which offer warm lodges, scenic vistas, and four-course Italian dinners as well as a full bar and beverage list. On this guided trail running tour, our hut-to-hut adventure ensures that we'll be waking up and falling asleep to spectacular mountain sunrises and sunsets by sleeping up high at the foot of these impressive mountains.


This retreat adventure is open to ages 15 and up of any pace. Must be able to complete 8-15 miles/day of hiking/running at altitude, including 2,000-6,000 feet of elevation gain 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 8 to run. Please do not purchase flights until confirming with retreat organizer. 

What’s included

Roundtrip transportation from Cortina d'Ampezzo

Trip logistics of route planning, lodging, and transportation reservations

A 8:1 ratio of guide to participants
Breakfast and dinners at the mountain lodges, or rifugios

Baggage transport from accommodations

Knowledgable guide and running coach along the entire route

Special bonus adventures including a guided trail run tours and wellness options

Not included

International airfare

Alcoholic beverages and lunch/snacks during the day

Travel Insurance


Before You Go

Passport:

Must have a valid passport valid through 6 months upon date of travel.


Travel Insurance:

Must have travel insurance prior to start of trip. 


Fitness/Pacing:

While there are guides to accommodate a variety of paces for attending runners, this trip requires participants to be able to run/hike for 7-14 miles on trails at a time in mountainous/high altitude climates with an elevation gain of 2,000-6,000 feet per day. It is suggested that you be able to maintain an average pace of 15-20 minutes/mile. 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! 


Weather:

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.


Available options

Itinerary

Cortina + Lake Runs
Day 1

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! After meeting in Cortina, we'll get a start on the road to our Dolomite adventure. Our base for the evening will be a nearby mountain town with a stunning alpine lake that sits at the start of our route, the Alta Via 1. We'll enjoy a light shakeout run on the spectacular trails of Parco Naturale Fanes-Senes-Braies and enjoy checking out town.

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Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle to explore and learn different cultures, countries, and landscapes. Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia, and more in group and custom itineraries. Our Runcations are for every level of runner.

Reviews

My Runcation experience exceeded every expectation I had! The accommodations, the food, the trails, and the people were all absolutely amazing!! We started as strangers and we left as life long friends! The route was challenging, remote, and beautiful! I wouldn't change one thing about my adventure and I can't wait to go on another!!!
By Barbalee A for Run to Machu Picchu Peru Runcation Spring 2022 on 11 May, 2022
What an absolutely fantastic runcation! I've always wanted to run the trails of Patagonia and be dazzled by the scenery and this trip didn't disappoint. We stayed in great hotels every night, including a mountain refugio right next to a glacier (ridiculous!). It was a great combination of "getting after it" on the trails, and then enjoying tasty food and awesome Malbec at night. Liz, the trip organizer, had everything so dialed in that it all went off without a hitch. As a Type-A planner, it was liberating to turn off my brain, not worry about details, and just have a good time. Our local guide, Matias, was also top-notch. He was not only a total mountain badass (just climbed Mount Fitz Roy the week before), but was endlessly knowledgeable about the flora and fauna as well. When he saw me staring at this huge red-headed woodpecker he regaled me with so many wonderful facts about the Magellanic Woodpecker, third largest in the world. He also said this guy would not be alone, that his lady friend was sure to be around. Matias scanned the trees and sure enough, there she was! Google them, they're incredible!! Besides running through the crazy Lenga forests and seeing so many cool animals, I really loved the camaraderie of all the runners in the group. Whether running on the trails or guzzling coffee at breakfast, the group dynamic was super fun and really made the trip into something special. Thanks Liz, you really nailed it!
By Stuart B for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén March 2022 on 17 Mar, 2022
Incredible experience! The perfect amount of work and play. Spent all day on the trails running and hiking with knowledgeable run guides, and then got to enjoy the evenings wining and dining. Very well organized with out having every second mapped out. I will definitely be back for more!!
By Brittany B for Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 11 Mar, 2020
The New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chalten was an incredible trip. Liz, the guide, was conscientious, organized, and knew exactly what we were doing and where we were going at all times. I had an amazing trip, got to get some incredible runs and views, and met some fantastic people in the process. I highly recommend this trip to anyone who is looking to run off the beaten path, meet new people, and experience Patagonia like no one else typically does. Liz, thank you for your ongoing excellence, and I look forward to another trip in the future!
By Kay N for New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 13 Jan, 2020
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An absolutely great experience with similar-minded people! Truly exceeded my expectations! Amazing scenery, great balance between running and other activities, and great food! Highly recommended!!
By Blakis Adventures for New Year's Patagonia Runcation: Trail Running El Chaltén on 11 Jan, 2020
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The tldr: Do it! This was an amazingly well planned trip (thoughtful planning, clearly),, the runs and views were unforgettable, and I'm already looking at the next one I can go on. The longer version: Runcation in Patagonia was amazing. Every thing was well-planned, the views were unforgettable, the crew was the best you could ask for, we stayed at nice spots with great staff...I could go on and on. Also, as someone who is super type-A, I really appreciate all of the early communication of expectations, what to pack, itineraries, and super quick responses from Liz.
By Marne P on 05 Jan, 2020