The Lavaredo Ultra Trail – Race Review

Race Breakdown

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Distance- 120km

Total Elevation Gain- 5,800M+

Time – 27:55:00

Position – 952 / 1600

Terrain – 95% Trail and 5% road

Aid Stations –  Spread 10km apart

Race organisation – Well-organised logistics, and well signposted. Great pit stops with only one issue… NO COFFEE!

Atmosphere – Roasting hot! Amazing and incredibly supportive volunteers. There were water, bananas and cakes, iso-drinks at every stop as well as a pasta every couple of stops. A fantastic sense of community and the best send off I have ever had in a race!

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The Scots are here!

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Woohoo!

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Meeting a Hero!

The race had a 11 pm start on a Friday night; a new experience for me! I have never had to spend a full day waiting around nervously before. I was not quite sure what to do with myself.

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Ready to roll!
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JUST LET ME START ALREADY!!

Though time flew on and before long we were approaching go time. Now is probably a good time to point out that I had not been feeling quite right in this moment. As luck would have it, I was grappling with a chest infection in the week leading up to the race… but surely this wouldn’t cause any problems on the trail…

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How many runners can we fit in the town square?

We gathered in the main square, 2000 runners, friends, family, Italian running super fans and all the locals. A large crowd standing in trepidation of what was to come.

The music choice was astounding. ACDC, MUSE, ZZTOP… sure got everyone firing on all cylinders!

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Up up up!

The music went quiet and so began the official Laverado tune—a  building classical piece that would see us out of Cortina and off into the lonely darkness. Just as the music reached its epic crescendo, the countdown began and we took off! Excited runners surged forward and converged into the narrow corridor and up into the woodlands paths.

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Sunrise!
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Beautiful mountain lakes!

The start of the race was a new one for me! Super busy, lots of ducking and diving and a struggle to get into a momentum. This was short lived though, and before long everyone became spread out. The sun began to rise and we were met with beautiful mountain scenes. The photos just don’t do it justice!

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Incredible view back down the path!

The first half of the trail race turned out to be anything but graceful on my part. Spending what felt like the majority of my time throwing up all the food and water I drank. I quickly became dehydrated. Not a great start!

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Selfie Power!

Even with me feeling ill, the scenery was nothing short of spectacular; the sun shone throuout the day and produced some amazing mountain views As I came into half-way I was severely dehydrated and feeling less than my best. I had to recover a bit with 3-4 liters of water, juice, soup, and a 15-minute nap..  After waking I felt 100x better and after a quick loo stop was starting the second half feeling good and excited.

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At the iconic “Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Tre Cime di Lavaredo
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Happy Campers!
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The Heros that dragged me to half way!

I was dragged around a lot of the second half by this amazing couple that was chatty, fun and spurred me on when I was feeling done in! I can’t thank them enough!

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Now that’s a downhill! Just ignore the large uphill in the distance!

The second half of the race seemed to fly in, towards the end my stomach did begin to complain again, but I only threw up a couple of times, nothing compared to the morning.

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Weee! Spinning down!
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Surprise cave flasher!
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Back on the climb out the vally!

By far the most challenging section of the race was the final hills. While they looked small on the altitude chart, in reality they were much steeper and a lot more technical than I had originally thought! Once the hard section was done and out the way, it was time for the final downhill section… very steep and continues all the way to Cortina.

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Up up up!

The downhill was possibly the muddiest section of the whole day as we descended from the middle of a  lightning storm at the top of the mountains. The ground was wet in the forest and all the preceding feet had done a great job of churning it up. I am from Scotland though… and this is what we live for. I flew this final downhill section hitting a great speed; before I knew it the ground was levelling out and I was approaching the town again.

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Crossing the line!

Coming into Cortina felt fantastic. You could see the clock tower of the finish line from half way up the hill and it felt good to be approaching! Hammering through the town I finished the race alongside two great Italian gentlemen. I was met by my dad with a bag of food, water, and a warm Scottish saltire to wrap around myself! The snazzy new The North Face gilet was ace too! 😉

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Feeling done! Time to eat my weight in strawberries!

Eat, drink, bath, sleep, get out of the bath, sleep in bed…

It is safe to say that the race kicked my ass. I didn’t have as great a performance as I hoped, but after my horrendous first half, I was happy to just finish! At least I know now that I can do a far better time if I were to repeat the experience, which I certainly would like too do. A huge thank you to everyone I met and all the volunteers that helped make the race such a great experience.  You guys rock!

Love – Live – Run and get out and hit them trails!

Thank you for reading!

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Twitter – @J_YoungPhotos

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