The Sella Group, natural theatre of incredible beauty, like every single year at the end of March, will host the Sellaronda Skimarathon athletes.
On the 22nd March 2019 from Selva di Val Gardena the 24th edition will start, it is considered one of the most famous night time ski-mountaineering races in the world. The race is tackled in teams of 2 and during the night, lit up by head lamps, it is 42 kilometres long with 2700 metres of vertical height gain and it runs along the slopes of the largest skiing resort in the world, Dolomiti Superski and its famous slopes which embrace the Sella group.
The Sellaronda athletes after the start which takes place in the centre of the town of Selva will climb up the first two mountain passes, Gardena and Campolongo lit up by the last rays of sun, while the Pordoi pass and Sella pass will be lit up by more than one thousand head lamps. The registration which in the past editions closed in less than an hour, all sold out, will open on the 3 January of next year for Italian teams, while foreign teams can register from the 10th January. There will be 300 race bibs available for national teams, 250 for international teams and 100 reserved for the organization.
The maximum number is of 650 teams. In Val Gardena teams from all over Europe will arrive, as well as from Italy, they will come from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, from Slovenia, from Poland, from Spain, from Sweden, Denmark, Slovakia, and the United Kingdom. American and Canadian athletes will also be present, these past years their interest for the Sellaronda has increased a lot.
«With the start from Selva di Val Gardena – Oswald Santin tells us - we will experience the perfect race!»
«As well as the race’s record, both male and female, - the Mountain Guide Santin continued - there is the possibility, that with such a quick itinerary, it will be possible to go under the 3 hour barrier, I have been saying this for a long time, and I hope that 2019 will be the right year».
«For the next edition – the coordinator of the Sellaronda Skimarathon concluded – we have begun working further more to improve some aspects. In terms of the live streaming there will be a simultaneous live filming in English, in this way the race can be followed even by foreign ski-mountaineering enthusiasts.
We have upped the ante on our social platforms such as Facebook and we have recently opened an instagram profile. We are also betting on the chat “Speedy skins” (Pelle veloce) on our website www.sellaronda.it, a virtual place in which to confront oneself and above all to get all the relevant info on our race».