First held in 1975, the Transcivetta Karpos has now reached its 40th edition. It’s been an ever-evolving adventure that grew out of the passion of six friends who loved sports and the mountains. Six friends who, driven by the desire to celebrate a unique area and introduce it to others, created an event destined to shape the history of mountain running. Their names are Giorgio Botter, Romano Bortolini, Alberico Faciotto, Giorgio Favretti, Bruno Corzuol, and Massimo Guadagnini.
The original idea was to organize a ski mountaineering race around Monte Civetta. The running event in the summer of 1975, with the finish at Rifugio Palafavera, was supposed to be a dry run to evaluate the route and understand the logistical issues.
But the initial concept would soon be abandoned in favor of continuously improving the summer version, whose participants, over the years, would come to number in the hundreds. Among them are some well-known names in the sports world, such as the cross-country skier Maurilio De Zolt (gold in the relay at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994 and world champion in the 50 kilometers in Oberstdorf in 1987) and the biathletes Lukas Hofer, Dorothea Wierer, and Lisa Vittozzi. But also the mountain running world champion Dino Tadello, the married couple of Jonathan Wyatt and Antonella Confortola — he an elite-level trail running champion, she a member of the Italian national cross-country ski team — and many others who have chosen to have fun on the trails of the Dolomites. Fun that wouldn’t be possible without the approximately 400 volunteers who support the organization of the event each year by offering assistance along the route and at the feed zones, and in general helping to make the Transcivetta Karpos better and more exciting every year.