Trail del Marganai postponed to October 31st 2020

Until the last minute we tried everything possible in order to make the Marganai Trail 2020 happen as planned on March 15th 2020, but now we have to surrender.
We are forced to postpone the race to October 31, 2020.

The instructions of the recent Governmental Decree (4 March 2020) leave no choice and besides the Rescue forces and associations that usually guarantee assistance and safety during the race, unfortunately cannot attend, because of the situation of national emergency in progress (coronavirus).
We are facing a huge challenge these weeks and we hope to succeed at overcoming it. The national measures to slow down the contagion of COVID-19 are an important effort to limit the damage and here we are talking about both human lives and economic damage, that can heavily affect our families.

The Marganai Trail has so far been a party, a place where at the end of the race, with a beer, one felt among friends and brothers.
In the coming days, registrations on krono.run will be reopened.

Te following link leads to the Gov.Decree: for eventual travel refunds please check art.28 (e)  http://istruzioneer.gov.it/…/up…/2020/03/DL-2-3-2020-n-9.pdf

Let’s meet on October 31st: a well-deserved cold beer, after many km, will await you. 

ITRA certification and qualifying race for UTMB

As for the previous four editions, the 3 races of the 5th Trail del Marganai are certified by ITRA (International Trail Running Association), which we are members of.

Long trail finishers (58 km with 3000m D +) will award 3 ITRA points, those of the mid distance (36 km with 1900m D +) 2 ITRA points and 1 ITRA point for the runners who reach the finish line of the short race (22 km with 1050m D +).

Furthermore, our request for both the 58 km and the 36 km to be admitted as qualifying races for the UTMB, Ultra Trail del Monte Bianco, has been accepted.

Even if with a little delay compared to previous years, we kept to our commitment to maintain our trail focused on the athletes and their benefits.

Less than 20 days left to register: don’t miss Buggerru and this splendid area of south west Sardinia, called Marganai.

We can’t wait to get the trail party started!

 

Pranu Sartu and the Henry Gallery

After less than a kilometer from the starting line, you will cross the Henry Gallery in loc. Planu Sartu, the most important mining facility close to Buggerru.

Excavated in 1865, it was used for the rail transport of ores from the underground to distant washeries. Located 50 meters above sea level and the built-up area of Buggerru, it crosses the local plateau for about a kilometer.

If the original purpose was to facilitate the transport of metals from the local mines to the port of Buggerru, now it turns out to be a place of rare beauty, thanks to the breathtaking sea views it offers.

This passageway dug through the rock is impressive: the size was determined by the use in 1892 of a steam locomotive. It was part of a modern railway network that soon replaced the slow and expensive transport by pack animals, such as mules.

The gallery is a sort of suggestive labyrinth: secured, illuminated and endowed with indications, it is now accessible in complete safety. Its uniqueness consists in a perpetual relationship with the cliff on the sea through its minor tunnels and walkways carved, like windows, in the rock. Thanks to these openings you may enjoy suggestive views of the coast overlooking the sea.

The photographic copyrights belong to  Lino Cianciotto . We are publishing the photos with the permission of the owner.

 

Solidarity 2020

The Marganai Trail has been pursuing some important goals since the very beginning, such as promoting the territory where the competition takes place and support local solidarity projects.

This year we decided to donate one Euro for each registered athlete and one for each pasta party voucher, purchased by those who do not compete.

We also asked all local the accommodation facilities (indicated for free on the ‘Hospitality‘ page), if they deem it appropriate, at the end of the event, to make an additional offer, that will be fully donated to the joint project.

The organization of the competition is not-for-profit, so any positive surplus of this 5th edition will be added to the collected amount.

We asked the associations in Buggerru, who are working with us, to aid in identifying a suitable cause for the donation.
We will take care of publicizing progress of the initiative.

So, if you were still looking for a reason to register, besides the beauty of the itineraries and the desire to join us, having a great time in friendship, remember you can contribute to something worthy!

It is easy to fly to Buggerru


Coming to run the Marganai Trail is simpler than it might seem.
In March it is easy to find a flight at a very affordable price!

The closest airport to Buggerru, a village that will see both the start and the finish of the race on March 15, is Cagliari-Elmas, about 80 kilometers away.

Buying a plane ticket a few weeks in advance allows for substantial savings.

In March the main airlines that connect Cagliari to Italy and the rest of the world are:

  • Alitalia
  • Ryanair
  • Air Italy
  • EasyJet
  • Volotea

 

Photos Of The New Route

In December and at the beginning of the year we have often been on the new paths that will characterize the 2020 edition of the Marganai Trail.

The first kilometers after the start and the last ones before the arrival are characterized by the sea, the real novelty of this edition. The sea in any weather reveals its beauty and charm.But as we move away from the sea and the influence of the saltiness, the low vegetation is replaced by the forest. Holm oaks, oak and strawberry trees embrace the paths.

This gallery is used to get an idea of what awaits you in Buggerru and in this corner of Sardinia.

The Paths of the Trail del Marganai 2020

Here are the paths of the Marganai Trail 2020 between news and confirmations.

To begin with, even if you find them on the site menu, these are the links to the related pages:

Tracks with relative distances and altimeters are still for a few weeks to be considered temporary, that is, they could still undergo some minor modification or adjustment.

All the routes will start from the town of Buggerru and without delay along the coast they will proceed inland.

The 22 km has a completely new path.

The 34 km is almost completely new, because it shares with the tracks of the past editions the segment from the Temple of Antas to the caves of Su Mannau which however will be done in the opposite direction to what was done previously.
For those who have already covered it, in this edition it will be downhill!

The 56 km track is the one that keeps the most distance with what was done in past years.
From the Temple of Antas we will continue along the Roman Cave path and head towards Malacalzetta.
Once left the ruins of the buildings of the old mines, we face the climb that instead of going towards the descent to the mines of Reigraxius will stretch up to the Punta Campu Spina, the highest point of all the routes.
From here, after the big descent into the woods, we will head towards Arenas and, kilometer after kilometer, up to the vaults of the Su Mannau Caves.
Here he will rejoin us on the new section of the 34 until we arrive.

The last kilometers of all three races will offer a spectacular view of the coasts of Buggerru and Fluminimaggiore.

Soon we will begin to publish photos of new features.

For registration, just a little more patience. Soon you start!

 

We change skin

The Trail del Marganai for its 5th edition is going to be changed around.

Departure and arrival will be in Buggerru, about 90 km from Cagliari, along the South-Westcoast of Sardinia.

The routes are to alarge extent new, but still crossing secular woods, ancient archaeological sites and more recent mining areas.

The first kilometers after departure and the last before arrival will be marked by the amazing view of the Sardinian seaside.

Only a few days areleft before the opening of the registrations for this new adventure.

(Italiano) Il Trail del Marganai e la Sfida dei Sentieri Sardi

There are appointments that you should not miss.

One of these is the UTSS, which is the Ultra Track Supramonte Seaside. UTSS for friends.

We of the Marganai Trail will be present today and tomorrow, the day of the races, at the stand of the Sfida dei Sentieri Sardi.
Our race will take place on March 15th 2020, but the organizational machine has already been on the move for several weeks.
At Baunei we will be at your disposal to say goodbye and give us an appointment in the spring.

For about a year, the main Sardinian trails have decided to set up an organization and create the Sfida dei Sentieri Sardi with a ranking that you can find here that puts together the rankings of the individual races on your calendar through a fantastic algorithm.

See you soon!