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.

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!

 

Only on our trails: the San Giovanni Cave

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.

For information:

Consorzio Natura Viva Sardegna: 0039.3480553309; Email: consorzionaturaviva@gmail.com