Thursday evening at Cinema Marmolada in Canazei a talk show to celebrate Sellaronda’s 30 years

Thursday evening at Cinema Marmolada in Canazei a talk show to celebrate Sellaronda’s 30 years

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the prestigious race the organizing committee officiated by Oswald Santin with all the race directors; as well as Daniela Perathoner secretary general, has decided to organize a talk show, planned for Thursday 21st March at 8.30 pm at the Cinema Teatro Marmolada, in via Roma 38 at Canazei. As well as remembering the amazing intuition had by Diego Perathoner, the event’s creator, there will also be some athletes from past and present editions who have made the history of the competition, to emphasize the value and uniqueness of this challenge which runs across the four Ladin passes and valleys, talking about anecdotes and fun facts. A round table will be coordinated by the Rai journalist Silvano Ploner and will be attended by the President Oswald Santin, Omar Oprandi, Franco Nicolini, Karin Pizzinini, Roberta Secco, Daniele Felicetti, Jakob Hermann and Michele Boscacci. The evening will include unpublished images from past editions. The evening is free admission.

Live streaming from 7.15 pm

Once again, even this year, the Sellaronda Skimarathon will be able to enjoy live streaming which will show on the www.sellaronda.it website starting at 7.15pm.Juri Pianetti and Silvia Vaia will be commenting on the technical exploits of the athletes, with interviews along the itinerary by the correspondents and Carlo Ceola who will follow the leaders on the snowmobile, then by Omar Oprandi who will be following the leaders of the female race along the last climb from Arabba to Passo Pordoi.

Programme

  • THURSDAY 21st MARCH (Cinema Marmolada Canazei) 8.30pm Talk Show.
  • FRIDAY 22nd MARCH
    • 10am: Race office opening at Canazei’s Cinema Marmolada
    • 10.30am: Sellaronda Village opening at the Cinema Marmolada park in Canazei
    • 11 am: International jury meeting
    • 5.15pm: Opening of the starting gates in the centre of Canazei
    • 6pm: Start of the 30th edition of the Sellaronda Skimarathon from piazza Marconi in Canazei
    • 7.15pm: Beginning of the live streaming event on www.sellaronda.it
    • 8.55pm:  Arrival of the first male athletes in piazza Marconi at Canazei
    • 9.20pm: Flower Ceremony in the arrival area
    • 9.30pm: Arrival first female athletes in piazza Marconi at Canazei
    • 10pm: Flower Ceremony in the arrival area
    • 10pm: Beginning of pasta party at the Gran Tobià Theatre,
    • Caminetto Resort, Canazei
    • 11.30pm Prize giving  30th edition of Sellaronda Skimarathon at Gran Tobià Theatre

The story

The Sellaronda Skimarathon was born from the idea of a sports’ enthusiast, a volcanic organiser as well as being deeply in love with his Val di Fassa and Ladin land, Diego Perathoner, who chose to combine an outdoor activity such as ski mountaineering to the most important ski carousel of the Dolomites, adding among the ingredients,  the night challenge with the use of headlamps. A unique event of its kind, along an itinerary which is 42km long and has 2.700 metres of vertical height gain, and runs through the four most important villages of the four Ladin valleys, as well as the Sella, Gardena , Campolongo and Pordoi mountain passes along a continuous up and down itinerary, following ski-mountaineering’s formula par excellence: and that is racing in couples, respecting the spirit of a roped team and the respect for the mountains. The first editions date back to 1995 and it was an instant success, with the triumph of the partnership consisting of Fabio Meraldi and Enrico Pedrini in the men’s race, and of Bruna Fanetti and Valentina Cenini in the female race. From that day onwards a succession of lucky editions were carried out, with increasing numbers of participants until it reached more than 550 couples in the past few years, the maximum number allowed for safety reasons. Once in a life time all those who love ski-mountaineering should wear the Sellaronda Skimarathon bib.

In December 2009 fate took Diego Perathoner away, on one evening that saw him once again in the front row to help others, looking for lost ski mountaineers in Val Lasties.

Fabio Meraldi (the recordman who has won 6 editions) and Enrico Pedrini won also in 1996 and in other three editions and among the athletes who won more than once we also find  Guido Giacomelli, Hansjoerg Lunger, Orietta Calliari, Roberta Secco, Michele Boscacci, Lorenzo Holzknecht, Alba De Silvestro, Elena Nicolini, Francesca Martinelli, Annemarie Gross, Martina Valmassoi and Alba De Silvestro, as well as Matteo Eydallin.

The times to beat at the Sellaronda Skimarathon are those of Filippo Barazzuol and William Boffelli, who in 2019 clocked 2h56’39”, and of Laetitia Roux and Martina Valmassoi, who in the same year, with speedy snow, finished the race in 3h3’37”.
During the last March edition, which took place along a reduced distance of 40km due to the heavy snowfall, the winners were Davide Magnini and Matteo Eydallin with the time of 2h52’59”, while in the female race success went to Alba De Silvestro and Elena Nicolini, the girls stopped the stopwatch at 3h29’36”.

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