The 2018 edition of BUT Formazza, which this year will be held on July 14th, for the first time on Saturday, with four planned routes: Bettelmatt Trail 52 km, Bettelmatt Sky Race 35 km, Bettelmatt Race 22 km and Bettelmatt Mini Trail La Stampa from 8 km.
BUT Formazza is an international event: there are already 6 nations represented: in addition to Italian athletes will compete also trail runners from France, England, Poland, Sweden and Switzerland.
The registrations to the Bettelmatt Trail 52 km, with, for the first time, the passage to the Cascata del Toce and 3,296 m D+-, will close on 1 July, so there are still a few days available to register for the event .
Bettelmatt Trail 52 km assigns 4 UTMB points.
A few more days for the registrations at Bettelmatt Sky Race (1,940 m D + -), the classic race that touches, as Bettelmatt Trail, the 3,000 m of Rifugio 3A; until June 30th, the registrations are still at € 35.00, and then will rise to € 40.00 until July 8th, the closing date of the registrations.
Bettelmatt Sky Race awards 2 UTMB points.
There will still be time to register instead for the Bettelmatt Race, 22 km for 750 D+-; BR, for its landscapes, has nothing to envy to the “bigger” sisters, and it’s the ideal race for those approaching the first time the trail running; until June 30th the fee will be € 25.00, then go to € 30.00 until July 13th. It will also be possible to register on the day of the race, but at further raised prices.
The 3 main routes of BUT Formazza are also certified by ITRA (International Trail Running Association).
By virtue of its position, wedged between the high mountains on the border with Switzerland, Val Formazza has a very particular history: it was in fact chosen as the first settlement by the Walser people, of Vallese origin (the name derives from Walliser, or from the Valais).
In 1200 the Walser ventured beyond the Swiss mountains to colonize this strip of land; very close to their culture, the Walser showed an extraordinary ability to adapt to difficult climatic conditions linked to high altitudes, the roughness of the soil and the scarcity of raw materials available in nature; they were able to maintain their traditions and habits till our days. The Walsers managed to create a model of life at high altitude that could withstand winter stiffness, the threat of avalanches and the scarcity of land products. The Walser culture is still alive and its influence can be seen in many houses and structures still existing in the Valley.