The lights which lit up the 24th edition of the Sellaronda Skimarathon have just faded, the night time ski-mountaineering race which is 42 kilometres long and has 2700 metres of vertical height gain and develops along the largest ski resort of the world: Dolomiti Superski, running along the famous ski slopes which embrace the Sella massif.
The Organizing Committee, coordinated by Oswald Santin, has already met up to organize the next edition. In fact it has been decided that the race's 25 candles will be blown out in Corvara in Alta Badia on Friday 27th March 2020.
In no other edition has the Sellaronda race pushed itself so far late into the season, the athletes will gain some extra minutes of natural light and the temperatures will be a bit more spring like.
The Corvara headquarters will be located in the Ice Stadium, just like in 2016 and the finish line will be placed right inside the building.
This recent Sellaronda could be called the Sellaronda of records.
New records were set right from the start, as the athletes started registering online and running out of places, in 33 minutes for the national teams and in 5 hours for the international teams.
But the 2019 records continued with the extraordinary record time set by Filippo Brazzuol and William Boffelli, who as well as registering the all round best time they also broke the 3 hour barrier.
The two winners after racing at a speedy rhythm finished the race in 2:56’59”.
Even in the female race the two winners, the French athlete Laetitia Roux and the Italian athlete Martina Valmassoi broke the record stopping the stop watch at 3:32’37”.
The mixed team race was won by Birgit Stuffer and Alex Polig with the time of 3:40’21’’.
In terms of general statistics it is important to point out the record broken for the number of competitors registered: 653 teams for a total of 1306 athletes.
The teams who set off were 611 while 97% of the teams placed were a total of 593. Another interesting number is the 19 foreign teams which represent the 35% of participants coming from countries outside Italy.
Even in the female race new records were registered: 36 teams registered, 35 on the start line and 33 crossed the finish line, while there were 98 mixed teams.
There has been a continuous increase in the amount of females registered: 170 women, 164 set off and 158 crossed the finish line. 130 of the teams, 21% of the total, went under 4 hours, while 427 teams, 70%of the total went under the 5 hour barrier.
These days the Sellaronda slopes have been covered with snow again, a clear sign for all athletes to keep on training!