Just after the winter season ends, when ski mountaineers put away their work tools: their skis and skins, there is an impatient wait to find out when it is finally possible to mark on the calendar the next race date in 2024, and when the athletes find out they have to do so with a red pen!
The moment has finally come, we now know the date: it will be on the Friday 22nd March, this important date should be circled with a red pen on your calendar, when in Val di Fassa, more precisely in the village of Canazei the 30th edition of the Sellaronda Skimarathon will set off
At Canazei, what is considered the birth place of the Sellaronda, athletes will return there after six years, since the last time Val di Fassa saw the race depart from Canazei was on the 16th March of 2018.
During that edition the Swiss athletes Martin Anthamatten and Werner Marti won and the female race was won by Alba De Silvestro and the Swiss Jennifer Fichter. This last edition will remain in the heart of all participants for a long time
The difficult weather conditions, a copious snowfall accompanied the teams while they conquered the dolomite passes and an epic competitive battle between athletes were all added bonuses to this 29th edition.
Here are the results in numbers: the statistics of the last edition reported 535 registered teams (1070 athletes), the teams that did not toe the line were 53 for a total of 482 teams starting.
There were 17 nations represented. The percentage of athletes who crossed the finish line was 88% with 425 teams ranked, 51 teams retired.
In 2022 this percentage was 89% with 47 teams retiring. It is important to mention that there were 23 female teams who finished while there were 65 mixed teams. The 2023 numbers are practically the same as the ones in 2022 where the registered teams were 534.
Numbers have decreased compared to pre-Covid editions (653 teams in 2019) but compared to the drop in numbers of athletes in the world of ski-mountaineering, the Sellaronda Skimarathon proudly defends its racing tradition as the most beautiful night time ski-mountaineering race of the world.