- THE EVENT
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Welcome to the South-East, a cloudless sky, a stiff breeze blows over the great plain, a sign of the greatness to come. The rock face rises sharply like white steps. This is the playfulness and magic of the region. The countryside’s endless shades of green as far as the eye can see. The Mediterranean scrub, the aromas and the grass: the generous Mediterranean has everything you need. The wind now changes, coming from the great blue sea, bringing new smells and intense feelings. The air is delicate, soft and fluid, enveloping and colouring everything around it. The blue sea now becomes a background noise. It appears where you least expect it, surprising you. It passes in between canals and valleys. It flows to form fjords, tunnels, towering structures, cavities and caves. It brings life to thousands of small homes. It skirts by and nourishes the green holm oaks and olive trees. Then it climbs up, winding its way curve by curve. The blue is now also above and around us. It heads to the towering, dizzying, endless tree trunks. They have been here since forever, as if they knew they were miracles, as if they knew they were what they cannot be. Each and every time Gargano surprises us, all we can do is breathe it in, experience it as our pulse races. Taking quick steps, our gaze wonders and our hearts rejoice in its stunning beauty.
Gargano Running Week is Italy’s first major running event. Here you’ll be able to meet fans of trail running, skyrunning, jogging, ultra distance running and speed running. The passion for running comes in all these many different forms, which have found their new home in Gargano for years to come. Gargano has now become Europe’s vast playground for all outdoor disciplines. Its magnificent coastline has made the region famous since the 1950s, although this is just a tiny fraction of what Italy’s heel has to offer. There’s plenty for runners to see as they continue along their routes, from the Gargano National Park, to the region’s architecture and the authentic masserie. There’s the wildlife of Umbra Forest and an amazing amount of prehistoric sites full of fascination and mystery. All while enjoying the natural warm welcome of the locals.
The dual nature of the event
Running around Gargano you’ll pass through three different zones: the coast, the countryside and the forest, which are represented by the three colours of our logo: blue, olive green and dark green. From sea level you climb over a thousand metres up to the Umbra Forest, along ancient shepherds’ paths and single tracks that have been specially laid out for the “Garganers” next October. The trails run over three different distances: 75, 34 or 14 Km, with altitude variationsranging between 600 and 3,000 metres. Try your best or go for gold on this fast asphalt route that winds through the Mattinata plain, among centuries-old olive trees and skirting along the sea. There are two scheduled distances: the 10 K and the Half Marathon, both of which are supervised by FIDAL (Italian Athletics Federation)!
Come and discover, experience and learn about this region which seems to have evolved perfectly for running. We’re getting ready to welcome registered runners, fans, curious onlookers, friends and families, providing excellent free activity programmes for everyone, thanks to the support of various organisations: starting with Puglia Promozione, an agency that promotes the Region of Puglia, which is the driving force behind the event, promoting it for the next three years. Tourist facilities have developed specific services for runners, who will receive the warmest Apulian welcome thanks to the work of the Municipalities involved and the National Park. Its unity will be the strength of this great event. Gargano Running Week is a joint effort of the entire region that will share its real DNA with the whole sporting world.