One of the world’s great trail runners, Courtney Dauwalter, is back for another adventure with Run the Alps. Ready to run past the towering peaks and winding single track of Italy’s Dolomites?
October 2 - 7, 2023
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6 days, 5 nights
Inn to Inn, with one night at a mountain hut
$4,800/person assuming double occupancy. $375 single supplement fee
Accommodations at 3-star hotels and 1 night at a mountain hut; All breakfasts and dinners; Trail nutrition each day; Wine Tasting; In-tour transportation; Luggage transfer between villages; Run the Alps Guide to Trail Running in the Alps; License-free photography from Martina Valmassoi; Guided runs daily with International Mountain Leaders and Salomon athlete Courtney Dauwalter. Special end of trip gift; And… a few surprise guests!
Courtney’s back, and we could not be happier!
Our tour last year with Courtney Dauwalter and her husband Kevin Schmidt was so much fun that they’re back again- this time in the spectacular Dolomites, Italy.
Simply put, Courtney is the top women’s ultra trail runner in the world today, and one of the greatest ever. She has set course records from Western States to Hardrock to UTMB Mont Blanc®. This last year, she did it again at Transgrancanaria in the Canary Islands.
Read more about Courtney in this New York Times feature.
Her trail running is bad ass, but what makes Courtney so special is that she is a wonderful human. Her energy, friendliness and empathy make her great to hang out with. This trip is a unique opportunity to share Alps trails with one of trail running’s truly special individuals.
Make that three. Because joining Courtney will be her easy going, fun and upbeat husband, Kevin– the behind-the-scenes crew expert for Courtney’s races and a strong ultrarunner in his own right. Photographing the entire week will be Martina Valmassoi, herself one of the true stars of trail running. A Salomon athlete, Martina has been the face of Salomon TV’s Golden Trail race coverage. She holds the world 24-hour uphill ski record, and last year she won UTMB Mont Blanc’s challenging 142-km TDS trail race. Like Courtney and Kevin, Martina is pure fun: exuberant and laugh-out-loud funny, with boundless energy and always looking out for others.
We’re lucky. The stars aligned for us in more ways than one to make this tour come together. A once-in-a-lifetime trip? Maybe. Please note: We expect it to sell out very quickly.
Where will we be running? We chose the Val Gardena region of the Dolomites because we love the striking scenery, the world class trail running with its winding single track, and the Italian hospitality and Dolomites cuisine. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Austrian border, so we’ll also experience Austrian culture and local Ladin history. Check out this film where Bruno, one of the guides on our Courtney tour, explains why he loves running in the Dolomites:
To take it all in, we’ve designed a point-to-point tour, including one night in a comfortable high mountain hut. At this time of year, the trails will be quiet and the weather will be fresh and great for trail running.
Along the way, we’ll have the chance to summit peaks and pass through sleepy villages and beautiful Alpine pastures. Plus, we’ve organized a wine tasting and a few special surprises.
Today, we’ll gather in Bolzano, Italy and transfer by shared taxi to Ortisei in the afternoon. Before dinner, we’ll enjoy an overview of the week’s route, covering daily routines, and reviewing gear for each day’s adventure.
We head up into the mountains, with an overnight adventure at the Plattkofel Hut, which features classic Dolomites cuisine and even hot showers!
The day starts with a cable car to the plateau of Alpe di Siusi — encompassing nearly 60 square kilometers, it’s the largest pasture in the Alps. We’ll stop at Rifugio Bolzano, a renowned mountain restaurant with some of the best food in the region. Later, we’ll run through Alpine meadows with 360-degree views, and have the option to summit the Petz and Burgstall mountains to further admire the panorama.
We’ll be fast-packing today, since bag delivery is not available at this remote location. (Fast packing information will be provided in your tour pack upon registration.)
After a hearty hut buffet breakfast, we’ll run to the village of Selva in the Val Gardena. If the weather is good, we have the option to summit dramatic Plattkofel Peak, the rocky 2,947-meter high summit of the Langkofel range. We’ll stop for lunch at the awe-inspiring Sassolungo hut, positioned in a large open cirque, surrounded by towering, craggy peaks. After some classic Italian hut refueling, we’ll run through spruce and larch forests down to Selva.
Today we head to the quiet, almost secret-feeling Val di Funes. We start by climbing out of Selva to the beautiful Seceda high meadows, surrounded by quiet alp farms, numerous trails, and backed by the jagged Odler peaks. A steep ascent brings us to our high point for the day, the rocky Forc di Mesdi pass at 2600m, as we cross from Val Gardena into Val di Funes.
As usual, along the way there are options for lunch at mountain huts, with enticing menus that feature local specialities. To finish our day, we’ll run on flowy singletrack through pine and spruce forests down to the hamlet of St Peter for the night at Hotel Kabis, a wonderful old hotel that’s one of our favorites in all the Alps.
In the evening, we’ll kick back and enjoy a tasting of local Val di Funes wines.
We’ll make the most of our final day of running in the Dolomites with abundant mountain vistas and flowy singletrack, set against a backdrop of jagged peaks and steep scree slopes.
Featuring well-placed huts for refreshments along the way, our route for the day is the “Gunther Messner way”, a flowing, narrow trail that’s occasionally exposed and completely absorbing. Back in Val Funes, we’ll enjoy a celebratory final dinner at the Hotel Kabis.
This morning, we’ll have an early breakfast and say our goodbyes before each heading off. One thing is for sure: we’ll take plenty of memories of the past week with us wherever we go!
Plan to arrive in Bolzano by mid-afternoon October 2, 2023. We will take a group taxi from there to Ortisei. Flights from the US usually depart the day before. The closest airports are Venice, Verona, Milan and Munich, which are all about three to four hours away by train or taxi. Run the Alps will provide detailed travel options from possible airports, after registration.
Plan on one night at a hotel in your departure city. We can assist with transportation and lodging recommendations, if you like. If you’d like to extend your visit with additional trail running, we can help with self-guided run descriptions for other regions of the Alps, or trail race options.
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All Run the Alps guests receive a copy of our Guide to Trail Running in the Alps to assist in preparing for their trip.
Want a helping hand to get ready? Run the Alps offers pre-trip coaching at our cost as a benefit to our guests. To read about our Personalized Prep Program, start here. Spaces are limited and this program routinely sells out. Contact us if you’re interested!
If you don’t get a slot on this tour, or are interested in the Dolomites earlier in the season, check out our main Italian Dolomites tours.
Self-guided option: Everything but the guide and our special guests… custom tour design, trail runs, and all the details.
Private: Make it private! Your companions, your dates, your tour– we do the rest. Contact us for details.
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