Montalcino, the lone hill between the Val d'Orcia
(a UNESCO World Heritage Site since July 2004) and the Valle dell’Ombrone where rivers of the same name run through the valleys. Montalcino provides the perfect location for trail running; big climbs and descents as well as steep trails from its highest point at 680 m.a.s.l. to its lowest at 120 m.a.s.l. through the woods, which cover about 50% of the territory, vineyards, and the famous Sienese hills, marked by numerous paths, mule tracks, cartroads, and historical pilgrim and trade routes like the Francigena and the Maremmana.
Even the time of year that was chosen is no coincidence. Forging the connection to the Consorzio del Brunello di Montalcino, the event will take place on the weekend prior to Benvenuto Brunello (the presentation of the latest vintage of Brunello di Montalcino released on the market that year), the second Sunday in February, guaranteeing the right weather conditions for authentic trail races!
BRUNELLO CROSSING is an event that was started by a group of sports enthusiasts and lovers of the Montalcino territory who got together and developed an idea that goes beyond the 44km, 23km, and 13km competitive races. There will also be a 13km non-competitive race and guided tour of wineries with a chance to try local specialties. Also lined up is the Runners’ Lunch on both Saturday and Sunday as well as several fluid stations along both competitive and non-competitive routes celebrating the close link between sport, territory, and wine… everything of the finest quality, of course!
The 2017 and 2018 editions both sold out two weeks before the race giving us the proof that we were on the right path by getting positive feedback from both participants and the press.
We strive not to neglect the high technical/competitive profile of all the courses and participating athletes as well as the quality of services connected to the event, which created a pleasant and collaborative atmosphere.
Many institutions, both public and private, have contributed to great success of the previous editions.
The City Administration that has backed us and helped right from the start, the Consorzio di Brunello di Montalcino that has acted as a bridge between registered runners and Brunello Crossing, the Municipal Police, the Carabinieri police force, the Misericordia and Civil Protection Unit that have guaranteed that the event take place in complete safety.
The high profile of the main sponsors which, with their support, not only made this event possible, but also ensured the quality and protocol of Brunello Crossing.
The only thing left to do at this point is invite you to participate in one of our competitive races or in the non-competitive walk on February 10th, 2019 as well as in the guided tours of the Brunello di Montalcino wineries on February 9th.