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How did the latest Holimites Trail Running tour come about?

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

Dolomites Trail Running Traverse by Holimites – Foto: ©PatitucciPhoto

With no real intention, we realized Holimites had been offering something new in trail running activities every 3 years.

Our first hut-to-hut trail running tour across the Dolomites was in 2007; this covered the traditional paths of the Alta Via 1. Trail running on the Alta Via 2 followed in 2010. In 2013, we asked clients which were their favorite runs and stops along the AV1 and AV2. What resulted is a tour that has become our absolute bestselling sports package: “The Best of Alta Via 1 and 2” for trail runners. It combines the most stunning locations of the Dolomite’s classic AV1 and 2.

The summer of 2016 will introduce Holimites’ newest trail running bonanza.

To create this latest tour, we took a novel approach by setting ourselves these 3 objectives:

1) It can’t be a carbon copy of one of the classic Dolomite Alta Vias and it has to avoid the same trails we already offer in other programs.
This time around we wanted to spice things up by creating our own, unique signature tour. Thanks to the multitude of trails that connect Dolomite mountain huts, it’s pretty easy to put together a beautiful itinerary like pieces of a big puzzle. Although we weren’t able to totally avoid stretches along trails offered on our other programs, we were able to limit this to just 8 km of the total 106 km…and those 8 are distributed throughout the stages. Not bad!

As we charted the route on paper, in-house we affectionately baptized the new traverse: “The Holimites Alta Via”.

2) It has to give the “Wow” effect.

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

©PatitucciPhoto

Of course, the Dolomites are famous for flaunting a plethora of breathtaking scenery and trails set amongst spectacular peaks. But, when pressed to choose, which highpoints are really “postcard perfect” and will last significantly in a trail runner’s recollection? Close your eyes and imagine you’re running through the first trail stage at the foot of the 3 Cime di Lavaredo. Your guide stops you and he or she points out the mountains that you will cover on your first 3 stages. The same thing will happen every day: you’ll get a sneak-peak of the next 3 stages in your scenic odyssey. “Wow”!

3) It has to have the best trails suited to running.
The Alta Vias 1 and 2 tours mirror the classic outdoor hiking route that, in certain spots, can be demanding to run on unless you’re a hardened vet like Kilian Jornet or Jenn Shelton (who was our trail running guest a few years ago). That’s why we designed the “Best of Alta Via 1 and 2″ program.

We wanted to push ourselves a little further on our newest tour. Hut-to-hut and stage-to-stage, we chose the trails that are most appropriate to trail running without compromising stunning panoramas of the Dolomite Mountains.  

That’s how the Trail Running Dolomites Traverse was born! (Between you and me, we won’t mind if you call it the Holimites Alta Via.) An extraordinary running adventure through the Dolomites, following dawn to dusk from East to West!

Anxious to know more? Dates and details are available on our website at the following link.

By the way…did you count how many times we repeated the number “three”? That means, if you’ve already strutted your stuff with us on two of our Dolomite trail running programs…as the old saying goes: All good things come in THREES!

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

Trail Running Dolomites Traverse by Holimites

Holimites or Lovemites (Lovomites sounds also fine)

A nice article featuring one of our Holimites Trekking tours on the Dolomites Alta Via #2 came out recently on Backpackers Magazine on and off-line edition.

Love on the Rocks Backpackers Magazine

The writer Brendan Leonard, that is the blogger behind semi-rad.com joined us together with photographer and friend Dan Patitucci in 2013 during our classic Alta Via #2.
The goal was to shoot great images for our catalogue and Brendan was one of our models together with Jennifer … a really beautiful girl. We always wonder how Dan is always able to find this ‘pearls’ creating sometimes a lot of trouble among our male guides (right Tata?) during our hikes.

Bottom line … what came out of this 9 days hike is a fantastic story that you can read on Backpackers Magazine on-line edition (if you didn’t get the printed one).

And that’s not the first time that our trekking and trailrunning tours end in some kind of LOVE story. So don’t wonder if like the Loveboat you will read about us like the Lovemites team ;-)

GORE-TEX® Transalpine Run 10th edition

Transalpinerun 2014 In February we wrote about our participation with a team composed by the ultrarunner Jenn Shelton and our trailrunning guide Andreas Irsara at the 10th edition of the Gore-Tex Transalpine run.

We knew that this was a really strong team that could be able to demonstrate his value on the field. It came out out even better by finishing at the 3rd stage on the 2nd place and at the 5th stage on the 1st place.

All participants are real STARS, from the first to the last ones and our team GORE-TEX®-Holimites.com ended the 8 stage race in 7th position.

Only 3 weeks before Jenn tried again to beat the John Muir Trail record together with Krissy Moehl. She fighted over the 211 miles in 4 days and hours. You may find some more information of the past JMT attempts by Jenn on the following link and the blog post about this

Transalpine Run 2014

year attempt by Krissy Moehl at this link.

All this didn’t stop Jenn to join Andreas on the Transalpine Run and afterwards to join our last trail running group of the season running the best parts of the Dolomites Alta Via #1 and #2 trail with our guests.
A huge THANK YOU to Jenn and Andreas for a week plenty of emotions … and browser refreshing to check how the race was going on!

Transalpine Run 2014

A more complete picture gallery is available on our Facebook page or scroll through our media in Instagram and Twitter.

Some more stats about the 10th edition of the Transalpine Run 2014:

Date: 30/08/2014 – 06/09/2014
Stages: 8
Km: 293
Altitude Gain: 13.730 m
Website: http://www.transalpine-run.com/

Video about the 10th edition: