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12thJune2021Trail Running in the Dolomites


12/06/21 - 31/12/21

Nice sunshine warmed up the runners of the 3rd edition of the Dolomites Saslong Half Marathon.
Xavier Chevrier, the favourite of the eve of the race, and Caterina Stenta, the surprise of the day, win.
Podium for Daniele Felicetti and Andreas Reiterer among men, Manuela Marcolini and Justine Jendro among women
Manuela Perathoner: "A day of great sport in Val Gardena, we are all very happy with our work".

The sun kisses the... beautiful runners of the 3rd edition of the Dolomites Saslong Half Marathon who today, in the splendid setting of Val Gardena, challenged themselves along the route around the Sassolungo Group, where Xavier Chevrier from Fénis and Caterina Stenta from Trieste, from Friuli, won alone.

Spectacular scenery and breathtaking views provided excitement from 8.30 a.m. onwards, when the first group of runners started in the shadow of the Hotel Cendevaves, from the Ladin word for 'one hundred springs' that spring and flow in this area of Monte Pana, for the 21 km and 900 metres of altitude difference of the race set up to perfection by the ASV Gherdeina Runners with the support of Under Armour. It was also an opportunity to celebrate a welcome return to the world of competition, the much-loved... pasta party at the end of the race, in the open air, providing a convivial moment for the athletes.

The men's race was exciting, but only as regards the lower positions on the podium, because the victory, to quote a famous quote so dear to cycling, was from the start 'one man in command' who left no room for his opponents. The predictions were fulfilled for Xavier Chevrier, world (team), European and Italian mountain running champion, who in his first appearance at the Dolomites Saslong HM was able to take victory on South Tyrolean soil with a performance of absolute value, stopping the clock at 1h33'14'' and lowering the race limit by over 5 minutes. There was no history, despite the fact that the Aosta Valley runner was given a vial of anti-Covid vaccine two days ago, which weakened him somewhat. The podium was then completed by Daniele Felicetti from Trentino, 1'30'' behind, author of a very regular race in which he reached the second position since the first kilometres and kept it until the finish line. Third step for the South Tyrolean Andreas Reiterer arrived at 2'54'' from the winner, able to win the challenge for the podium with the Venetian Luca Cagnati, 'burst' in the last km. In the women's category, Caterina Stenta, from Trieste, was surprised to cross the finish line with her arms raised, albeit with cramps for what was in fact her first victory in a trail running race. At the arrival she confesses to have her strong point in the downhill and to have more difficulty in the uphill: today, when she saw that she could stay with the strongest also in the uphill, there was nobody. On the downhill, by her own admission, she threw herself headlong into the race and reached the finishing line with a 48'' advantage over the second classified, the Emilian Manuela Marcolini, and 1'39'' over the Polish born but German adopted Justine Jendro, another surprise on the female podium of Monte Pana.

At the end of the day, Manuela Perathoner, president of the organising committee ASV Gherdeina Runners, summed up the day's trail running in Val Gardena: "The final balance is more than positive: despite the Covid restrictions we worked hard and well, we are really happy. This year, we had splendid sunshine to accompany the great athletes at their first appearance here in Val Gardena, who were very happy with the course surrounded by nature, the cheering and the people. It was a great success for us. And now, after enjoying the success, it is already time to think about the "Saslong" of 2022!

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