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Cortina d’Ampezzo, here we come!

Jakob & Jakob are psyched! We’re going to Italy this summer! Wohooo! There weren’t that many 4-point races to choose from, but this one definitely caught our attention. We’ve never run an ultra in Italy before and neither one of us has truly visited the Dolomites, not even for alpine skiiing. It’s a dream come true!

The North Face ® Lavaredo Ultra Trail will start in the centre of fabulous Cortina d’Ampezzo in the evening of 27 June, looping counter-clock-wise for 119 km and climbing a total of 5850+ m. It will be one of our toughest challenges yet and by far the longest non-stop race we have ever attempted.

In order to qualify for UTMB 2015, we will need 8 points. The 3 points we gathered in Gorges du Verdon have run out, so we need to acquire new points this year in order to keep our registration alive, as it were.

The three peaks of Lavaredo

The three peaks of Lavaredo

And dad will be joining us in Italy, participating in his first ever ultra! He’s opted for the somewhat shorter (47 km, 2650+ m) Cortina Trail which will follow a section of the longer Lavaredo Ultra Trail.

As my sister-in-law (yep, it’s official!) likes to put it: Good times, good times!

So now we begin.