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The trail running event across the hills of Bassano del Grappa and Marostica, held on Sunday 8 October, once again beat all records.

3 parallel races, 1,440 participants, 300 volunteers, 82 scholarships awarded to 155 middle and high school students, 35 sponsors, 10 nations.

The first to cross the winning line was Gil Pintarelli, from Trentino, who completed the race distance of 43km in 4h 05’ 03’’. Second on the podium was Raül Rota of the Esports Estel/CMP team, and third place in the men’s long-distance event went to Enzo Romeri, of the CMP Trail Team.

And alongside so many big names on the men’s scene, the women responded in kind with a host of high-level competitors. Silvio Rampazzo of Team Tornado dominated the women’s race, coming in seventh overall with a time of 4h 27’ 01”. On the second step of the podium was Chiara Bertino and, only 7 minutes behind her, the Slovakian Patricia Puklov.

The 16km trail was also a great success, with as many as 796 runners at the starting line.

Among them was a legend of the running world, Marco Olmo. Winner of the 2007 Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc at the age of 58, Marco Olmo celebrated his 69th birthday together with all the CMP Trail participants.

And for this race Marco again chose Dryarn to include in his equipment. It’s a yarn that he’s used since 2008 and that offers the best performance, comfort and practicality to all athletes – especially those who, like Marco, make effort and perspiration their raison d’être.

It’s an honour to have Marco Olmo as testimonial, and a great satisfaction to always hear his positive feedback on the fibre he wears.

I appreciate the practical, comfortable and breathable characteristics of this fibre, which have improved my performance. With an excellent thermoregulation performance, Dryarn also has great resistance to bad odours and an excellent insulation capacity that maintains a constant body temperature. I use Dryarn both in training and in competitions. Perspiration evaporates rapidly and the jersey stays perfectly dry. The Dryarn jersey is a winning ally for me.”.

 

The last to set off, at 9.30, were school students from the provinces of Vicenza, Padua and Treviso who were competing for scholarships on offer in the YOUTH TRAIL. This was a course of about 7 kilometres with a 200m elevation gain, run by youngsters aged between 11 and 19.

 

Completing the picture of the event was a new initiative for this second edition: the CMP Mini Trail, giving the event a family-oriented appeal. Children aged between 4 and 12, accompanied by the Scouts of Bassano del Grappa, covered 2 km through the vineyards of Villa Angarano, crossing the finishing line like authentic “sporting greats” and raising the hope of one day seeing them return to take part in the longer distances.

 

A memorable day therefore, one that deserves to be remembered not only for the statistics and the throng of competitors present, but also for the excitement that only an authentic event can give to an amazing number of people.

 

And the CMP Trail is already waiting to return next year…

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