Italian Dolomites Runcation: Hut-to-Hut Trail Running

Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

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Jul 15 - 21, 2019
Group size: 5 - 12
Italian Dolomites Runcation: Hut-to-Hut Trail Running
Cortina d'Ampezzo, Province of Belluno, Italy

Runcation Travel
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$1799
Deposit: $750
Jul 15 - 21, 2019
Group size: 5 - 12

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! 

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. 


Room info at the Rifugios:

Rooms are FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED. If you are inclined to participate, book or contact the organizer ASAP as rooms will book up in advance by other vacationers.


Fitness/Pacing:

While there are guides to accommodate every pace of attending runner, 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. Training for this trip is essential in order to be able to complete and enjoy the trip. It is highly recommended that you 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

12-week training program for this hut-to-hut adventure
$195
Highest sauna in the dolomites
$25
Highest jacuzzi in the dolomites
$25

Itinerary

Cortina + Lake Runs
Day 1

July 15: Our trip will start midday on July 15th 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.

Who’s Going


  • EB
    Erin Bank
    Excited to go on this adventure with Liz and other future friends! I've wanted to do this for years and it's finally the year to do it. Can't wait!
    Jan 06, 2019
  • AS
    Allia Shelby
    SOOOOOO excited!!! Runners are the best people and to combine that with beautiful scenery sounds magical!
    Oct 27, 2018
  • ST
    Shelby Tilden
    +1
    So excited!!! I have never been to Italy. I am most looking forward to the espresso and the views :)
    Oct 20, 2018

Who’s interested

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Runcation Travel
10 reviews
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

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!!
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!
BA
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!!
This trip was a great time! Liz was super organized, knowledgeable, and an all-around good time! The food was great, and the mountain views were unbeatable. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants an active holiday!
SL
Runcation in the Dolomites was a dream vacation. It was the perfect mix of challenging yet rewarding running and hiking. We experienced endless breathtaking views and a spectacular scenery, we enjoyed plenty of cappuccinos, wine, delicious food, and restful afternoons, and made new friends to top it all off! If you are a runner who loves trails and beautiful mountains, I strongly encourage you to go on this trip!
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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 Pike on Jan 05, 2020