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Ultra-Trail® Via degli Dei

Ultra-Trail® Via degli Dei

May 10-11-12, 2024
125 km - 5.100 m D+

From Bologna to Fiesole along the "Trail of Gods"

Two regions, Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany.

Two historic cities, Bologna and Fiesole (Florence).

In the middle, the natural magic Apennines.

Distance 125km (78 miles) and elevation gain 5.100m D +, fully immersed in nature.

An unique Trail Running race to trample the History.

After Etruscans and Romans, now it's up to you to retrace these ancient paths!


History  Read more

From Fiesole to Felsina, the Etruscans walked this path in order to develop their trade and extend their domain on the Po Valley for at least four centuries (VII-IV cent. BC). 

It was then that the Romans, having founded the colony of Bononia in 189 BC, felt the need to ensure a connection  to Arezzo and Rome passing through the Apennines and they built, along the Etruscan trail, a real road called “Flaminia Militare”. 

The Ultra-Trail® Via degli Dei mainly follows these ancient tracks and between Mount Bastione and Mount of Fò, passes next to some fine pavements of the roman road, now rediscovered.

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Amateur Sporting Company Ultra Trail Via degli Dei – Via Caivola n. 10 40050 Monterenzio (BO) C.F. and P.I. 03507611204



The trail runs through a natural landscape, along the “Via degli Dei” path, with departure from Bologna and Finishing line at Fiesole (Florence). The route is around 125 km (78 miles) long, with an elevation gain of 5,100 m. The race will take place May 5, 2023.
This is a single-stage, free-pace, semi-self-sufficiency race that must be completed within a set time.

Ultra-Trail® Via degli Dei is a part of the Ultra-Trail 2023 IUTA Grand Prix, and is a qualifying race for the UTMB World Series. All finishers will be awarded 5 ITRA points.



The race is open to all men and women aged 20 or over on the date of entry, whether or not they are members of a running association.



All runners are required to sign a consent form declaring that they are aware of the difficulty of the race they are about to undertake and agreeing to carry with them all the equipment they need to complete the race safely. In order to complete the online registration on our site, the athlete must accept this consent form.



It is mandatory to submit a medical certificate of fitness for competitive sports, with the following specification:
certificate of fitness to participate in competitions, dated not more than one year before the date of the race.

A consultation for a medical certificate of fitness to participate in competitions consists of the following tests: spirometry, electrocardiogram under stress, visual test and urine test.
Since regulations differ from country to country, the medical certificate we require must include the following elements:
- runner's personal details
- the wording 'competitive' or 'in competitions'
- date of issue
- doctor's stamp
- doctor's signature
For foreign certificates, you can download an “
Health Form” from our website.

The copy of the certificate must be uploaded on our website or sent by email by April 30, 2023.

Medical certificates will not be accepted at the start of the race.


Semi-self-sufficiency is defined as the ability to be autonomous between two refreshment points, in terms of safety, nutrition and equipment, thus allowing one to adapt to encountered or expected problems (poor weather, physical problems, injuries, etc.).
Every runner must carry all the mandatory equipment for the entire length of the race. This equipment must be carried in the rucksack assigned at the distribution of runners' bib numbers, and may not be changed or modified in any way during the race.

The race directors may inspect the contents of the rucksack at any time. The participant must submit to this check willingly, under penalty of disqualification.
There will be refreshment points located along the course, supplied with beverages and food, which are strictly reserved for the runners and must be consumed on location.

There will also be Water Points, reserved exclusively for participants, provided with water only.

Plastic cups will not be provided at any of the refreshment points; runners must have their own cup or other personal container suitable for the purpose.
Each runner must ensure that upon leaving each refreshment point/water point s/he has the regulation amount of food and water necessary to make it to the following refreshment point/water point.



Personal assistance is permitted only and exclusively at refreshment points, in an area specifically designated for this purpose and at the discretion of the official in charge of the point. Only one personal assistant is allowed for each runner.
Personal assistants are not permitted to access refreshment points and eat food reserved for the runners.

The member of the race organisation in charge of the refreshment point has the authority to remove any personal assistants who are disturbing the runners in the race.
Every runner must follow the designated path through the refreshment point, even if they do not stop. Every refreshment point is a checkpoint. Runners must make sure that they have been correctly registered, no matter what system is used to record passing through checkpoints.

Any type of personal assistance along the way is forbidden; availing of such will lead to disqualification.


By entering the race, each runner undertakes to take with him/her all the compulsory material listed below throughout the race. Failure to do so will result in application of the established penalties.


Compulsory (checks carried out along the route):

  • Running shoes between the categories A2 and A5 (intermediate-> trail)

  • Running pack to carry mandatory gear throughout the race.

  • Identity card

  • Water bottle or camel bag (minimun capacity 1 liter)

  • Cup or other container suitable for drinking at the refreshment points/water point

  • Food supplies

  • Two working headlamps with spare batteries

  • Survival blankets

  • Whistle

  • Elastic adhesive bandage that can be used as a dressing

  • Running trousers ¾ or leggings ¾

  • Soft Shell Jacket minimum 10 000 Schmerber

  • Thermal long sleeve shirt

  • Gloves

  • Hat or bandana

  • Mobile phone (add the safety numbers of the organisation to the phone book, do not conceal the number, and make sure the battery is fully charged before setting out). Keep the phone on, airplane mode is forbidden and could give rise to penalties. The runner must be reachable at any time before, during and after the race.




The mandatory equipment may be worn or placed within the tender backpack (or fanny pack). Trail running poles are allowed.



  • Material check when distributing bibs to all the competitors

  • Spot checks of all the obligatory material along the route

  • Possible checks of material when leaving the refreshment points



Each bib is given individually to each runner, upon presentation of Identity Card.
At each runner will be given two bib numbers: one that must be worn and clearly visible on the chest or stomach and another that should be attached to the backpack if possible.

The chip is provided together with the bib.

Before the start of the race, it is compulsory for each runner to pass through the entrance gates to the reserved starting area, so the chip can be registered.
When passing through a checkpoint runners must ensure the barcode placed on the bib is read by the barcode reader and that it is registered correctly, and on arrival runners must ensure the chip is read by the timing footboard and that it is registered correctly.

The bib number is required for access to the refreshment points along the track and to get service organization before, during and until the end of the race.



Each athlete will receive a bag with his/her race bib in which to place a change of clothes to use at Monte di Fò (Check Point 4). Once filled with his/her clothes and closed, the bag can be deposited, along with the personal bag, from 11 am to 10 pm on friday May 5, 2023.