Registration opens on 1 June, high quality services at unchanged costs
After the presentation at Vinitaly, the organising committee of the Valtellina Wine Trail is ready to officially raise the curtain on the 10th edition with the opening of registrations set for Thursday 01 June at 9:00 am. The first novelty 2023, of the event scheduled for next 11 November, concerns the number of bibs: given the important anniversary and the great demand, 3,500 will be made available (1,000 on the 42km marathon, 1,200 on the 21km half marathon and 1,300 on the 13km short). But the most important novelty will concern the cost, which will remain unchanged despite the fact that the cost of organising the event has increased considerably (60 euros for the 42k, 45 euros for the 21k, 30 euros for the 13k).
An important signal to reiterate how much the athlete is at the centre of the attention of the staff headed by Simone Bertini: "VWT has never been a profit-making event," he began, "It was created by a group of friends with a passion for racing who exploited the sporting flywheel to promote Valtellina and its food and wine excellences. The event has always been proposed with a green perspective and the utmost attention to detail; starting with the race packet and ending with the final lunch of handmade pizzoccheri. Level services at a fair cost, the beauty of the area, our 'third time', the passion of the volunteers, and the goodness of the products we offer have created the myth of the Valtellina Wine Trail. As long as we succeed, we will continue to maintain these standards to bring our province and its excellence to the world. In fact, let us not forget that last year we had competitors from 32 different countries at the starting line.
The race on the Valtellina terraces with title sponsor Salumificio Rigamonti, which has believed in and supported the event for years, will therefore continue to be the great end-of-season happening for lovers of running in nature and beyond. "Valtellina Wine Trail is an increasingly inclusive event, and it is no coincidence that we are carrying out a project with schools to bring students to run in the vineyards," continued Bertini. "We will also continue the initiative of the joelettes, special off-road wheelchairs, which will allow young people with motor disabilities to run the final part of the race and experience the unique atmosphere of the event first-hand.
That of the VWT with the territory continues to be a very strong bond. 'The race owes its success to the beauty of the landscape, which is why from this year we have decided to contribute to maintenance projects for the dry stone walls, whose art of construction has been recognised as an intangible heritage of UNESCO,' Bertini concluded. 'The route, drawn for the most part between rows of vines and the historic wine cellars where the fine wines of Valtellina are produced, is something unique. So it is only right that we give our small contribution to maintain and preserve it'.