03 Dec S1 Sprint – Cp Timavo
S1 Sprint 16 KM
You climbed to the top of the mountain, got off and went down to sea level. Do you think most of the run is over? You are wrong! Now begins one of the most suggestive and unexpected traits: we pass along a tangle of trenches of the First World War. For years this site has been covered with twigs and branches, remaining almost unknown even to many “Triestini” the name of the locals. In recent years these paths have been cleaned up and enhanced, offering a very suggestive historical walk.
After the refreshment Timavo, speed up to your maximum capability, a short wide stretch anticipates the section of the trenches, where it will be impossible to pass the other runners! Here, follow our mrkings carefully and get help also from the ORANGE and YELLOW signs. In this section it is absolutely forbidden to use sticks: if you have a folding model, they must be folded, otherwise kept in one hand and on one side. In the same way, those who participate with a dog must make it walk along the upper edge of the Trench. The space is narrow and respect for other competitors is essential. A little patience, enjoy the scenery, it’s only for 400 meters! After passing through the trenches, cross the Pinewood of the Prince, towards the town of Duino. Here you take the Rilke Path. The most beautiful panoramic path of the city is dedicated to Rainer Maria Rilke, Austrian poet and writer of Bohemian origin who, at the beginning of the twentieth century, was a guest at Duino in the castle of Princess Maria della Torre and Tasso.
The path, of about 2 km, runs along the ridge between the bay of Sistiana and the area of Duino and develops along with the marvelous rock formations (cliffs) that dominate 80 meters high overlooking the sea. A scenario of great emotions that includes the Gulf of Trieste, the variegated coastal environment characterized by the cliffs and a particular botanical mix that is found only here. Here the continental flora borders on the Mediterranean one, tenaciously clinging to the rocks. Along the way, always pay close attention to passers-by. There are also several locations of the First World War open to the sea.
Advise passers-by of your arrival asking for “permesso”. You’ll also find Ipertrial runners in the opposite direction. They will be few, but very tired, they ran for 160 km: cheer and give them the way!
At the end of the Rilke a short run downhill and then up towards the finish line. A beautiful medal and an invigorating meal await you!