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.

also this year trail and charity

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!

ITRA Certification and UTMB Qualifying Race 2019

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!

A Wall Of Beautiful Photos

After three editions our album of memories is full of beautiful images.

Images of concentrated and often smiling athletes who give us the energy to organize a new edition, the 2019 edition!