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For the Trail del Marganai 2019 the fever rises. We start for the first time from the Nuraghe s’omu e s’orcu, making this event unique again this year.
All the voluntary associations of Domusnovas and of the whole territory are in the field, as well as the presence of civil protection and ambulances for the protection of the entire route. The presence of Alpine Rescue also confirmed.
The races are 3 for the agonists: 55, 30 and 20 km, to which is added the 10 km non-competitive where the participants will be able to share part of the same routes of competitive competitions.
Through the Consorzio natura Viva Sardegna, you can book the Trekking excursion to the numbers of the Trail or at the info point service of the Consortium, Emanuela 3480553369.
The 2019 edition promises to be very interesting: the Eana Majer athlete will run along the paths of the Marganai, already ranked first in 2018 at the “Bieg 7 Dolin” of 100 km and at the “Ehunmilak Ultra-Trail” of 55; for the Polish Bartosz Gorczyca is a return along the Sardinian paths, in fact it counts the first place 2018 at the Ultratrack Supramonte Seaside 2018 that runs along the paths of the Supramonte of Baunei, as well as winning the 83 km “Chudy Wawrzyniec 2018”.
Confirmed the presence of the Danish Kjaer Harriet, winner of the 52 km Trail of the Marganai edition
On the Italian front we find Saverio Monti team Valtellina, winner last year of Valmalenco Ultradistance Trail 2018 of 74 km with a respectable time, in addition to excellent placings in others races.
There will be no lack of Sardinian surprises, as well as Filippo Salaris there will be several athletes and athletes, among them such as Stefano Gervasoni, Teodoro Mura, Dario Tuveri and our tireless Marina Scibilia.
This year, as an absolute novelty in this kind of races in Sardinia, the zero edition of the relay race along the 55 km route.
It will be divided into two stages:
– the first from the suggestive nuraghe “S’Omu e S’Orcu” up to the spectacular Temple of Antas;
– the second continues inside the mining village of Malacalzetta, until it reaches the mill.
5 teams maximum, the first team sees as protagonist Lino Cianciotto and Luigia Marini, a novelty in the novelty an athlete amputated the first and able-bodied the second, confirming that everyone can to run.
Non importa se tu hai percorso 20, 30 o 55 chilometri. Non importa se le tue gambe abbiano 900, 1400 o 2600 metri di salite e di discese.
Qualunque sia il tuo tempo, se hai tagliato il traguardo, il tuo sforzo e il tuo impegno saranno certificati dalla medaglia di finisher del Trail del Marganai 2019.
Contributing in some way to charity is one of the objectives that the Trail del Marganai has always tried to pursue.
In previous editions we gave our contribution by supporting voluntary associations that guarantee us safety during the event, buying and donating portable DVD players with cartoons for their little guests to the pediatric CTO of Iglesias, contributing to the preparation of the inclusive play area in Domusnovas.
In line with what has been done in the past, we have decided that this year two euros for each registered will be allocated to a social project that we will shortly define.
Now it is up to all of you, with your inscriptions, to determine what the amount to be allocated to the next project will be!
Also this year we obtained the certification of our routes from ITRA (International Trail Running Association), the international association that collects the organizers of Trail Running competitions.
It is a necessary step for two reasons: the first because it guarantees the quality of the tracks that are submitted and their qualification; athletes who need to register for competitions that require previous participation in qualifying competitions may use ours, provided they have arrived and have been included in the ranking among the finishers.
The second reason why ITRA certification allows you to request the organization of UTMB (Ultra Trail of Mont Blanc) to be included in their own competitions used as qualifiers.
As with previous editions, our request has been accepted so we can proudly display the “UTMB Course Qualifications 2019” stamp.
If there was any doubt, now you just have to sign up!
The GPS tracks, maps and final altimeters are available for the three competitive races of the 2019 Trail del Marganai.
- Here the link for the 55 Km 2600m D+
- Here the link for the 30 Km 1300m D+
- Here the link for the 20 Km 900m D+
The routes are renewed, compared to last year about a third of the race is on a new track. For each of the three!
As anticipated, the nuraghe S’omu e s’orcu will see the start. The basis of all the operations and the arrivals area is pasta party always the tried and tested Cartiera of the Consorzio Natura Viva Sardegna.
The last kilometers also change. From Punta San Michele until the arrival the track is new. New descent and new passage through the gallery of Su Passu ‘e su Vagoni, small and narrow tunnel dug along the path that allowed to pass over the Cave of San Giovanni carrying the ore of the mines on small wagons.
All that remains is to sign up to enjoy the trail day with us on March 10th.
Lucky you, athletes: in the first part of the race, you cross the Cave of San Giovanni, a very few km from the starting line…in this way you can get immediately an idea of the natural beauty of this corner of southwest Sardinia. Located in the territory of Domusnovas, nearby Iglesias, the natural cave is a fine example of a karst phenomenon generated by the flow of an underground river and is excavated in the oldest limestone rocks of the island, dated millions of years. The cave was already used in ancient times, as evidenced by the last remains of a megalithic wall, that probably closed the southern entrance during the pre-nuraghic age.
Its uniqueness is due to the presence within its tortuous and sinuous tunnel, of a paved road that extends for all its length of 850 m, making it the longest road-crossed natural cavity in the world! Only two other similar caves exist on the entire planet: one in France (the Grotte du Mas-d’Azil, in the Pyrenees) and one in Australia (in the Grand Arch of the Jenolan Caves, in Oberon).
The road was created in the 19th century in order to facilitate the transport of material from the nearby Sa Duchessa mine. Today it is no longer suitable for vehicles, since it was recognized as a natural monument and subject to restrictions.
Currently the road is used by visitors to admire the beauty of the cave, in which flows a stream, originating from the Oridda valley. Stalactites and stalagmites decorate it remarkably. Large calcareous basins overlapping each other form real rock falls.
Both the North and the South entrances are well-known among the climbers, who chose these walls all year round as an challenging training option!
Good to know:
– entering from the south side on the left opens a cavity called “Su stampu de Pireddu” (Pireddu’s cavity), which is the most interesting active branch, consisting of a series of galleries and narrow tunnels for a total development of 2 km, characterized by the presence of underground lakes. The name is due to an ancient bandit (Pireddu is a Sardinian family name) who, it seems, found shelter there.
– The name of the cave of San Giovanni derives from a cavity in the interior used in the past as a rock chapel dedicated to Saint John and demolished when the construction of the road began. Thus the small church of San Giovanni was built in the immediate proximity of the south entrance.
Consorzio Natura Viva Sardegna: 0039.3480553309; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Trail del Marganai staff wants you to experience time traveling without the need for a special machine, but simply “running”. Your feet will take you to discover the testimonies of human activities of the past and all this will happen with you runners surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes! Enjoy and run!
The nuraghe Sa Domu e s’Orku is our starting point for all races of the Marganai Trail 2019. It is located on a small hill at the foot of Monte Mannu, a few minutes walk from the village of Domusnovas and it was built in several phases from 1600 BC up to 1000 B.C. It is the largest nuragic complex in the whole South-East, probably, in other times, it was one of the biggest in Sardinia. Nowadays, different parts collapsed and Mother Nature decided to “embrace” the ancient building, abandoned for about 3000 years, with its fragrant shrubs … hence the difficulty of accessing the interior rooms. The name of the building means “the house of the ogre” and it is said that the inhabitants of the area invented the name, in order to prevent the children from approaching.
The central tower, is part of a bastion with three towers, which is surrounded by a rampart that includes 5 more external towers, as well as two curtains with independent entrances. The main tower has a diameter of 8,80m at the ground and a staircase leads from inside to the upper floor. Its entrance, now partially buried, gives access to the courtyard, where metals were melted. Around the nuraghe there are numerous traces of huts that were part of a village.
Good to know: these constructions have the peculiarity of being built without the use of mortar (dry-laid walls) and the massive stones could weigh several tons. Today, after millennia, over 7000 towers are spread all over the surface of Sardinia, thanks to the technical ability of the nuragic people (see for example the use of an architrave and the small opening above the entrances, that allows to distribute the weight sideways).
For information and guided tours:
Consorzio Natura Viva Sardegna: 0039.3480553309; Email: email@example.com