The couples are defined (but there is still room for some surprises), the paths are being cleaned and restored, the program is ready and the important involvement of the Unité des Communes Valdôtaines Mont-Émilius has also arrived. These are hot days for the Municipality of Charvensod and the ASD Becca di Nona 3142 in view of the zero edition of theEmilius 3559, the first K3000 from Valle d'Aosta scheduled Saturday 15 July.
A tough, wild race, but also unique, different: a competition, but also an opportunity to rediscover a more intimate approach to the mountains. "The Emilius that looks, together with the Becca di Nona, Charvensod, Aosta and the whole plain, whose summit many have reached, reach and will continue to reach, is now the goal of the first K3000 in Valle d'Aosta –States Ronny Borbey, Mayor of Charvensod. We want this climb to bring competitors to have a deep contact with nature and with themselves because the mountain is, also, introspection, contemplation and education to overcome limits and fears. Charvensod wants to promote contact with nature, capable of generating emotions and experiences, and the Emilius 3559 is one of these contacts".
Fifty couples, invited or selected according to the curriculum, will compete on the route from 17 km and 3000 m in altitude that from the sports field of Plan-Félinaz will lead to the 3559 meters of Mont-Émilius passing through the Arbolle refuge (where there is an hourly gate after 2 hours and 30 minutes) through the normal route. The race takes place in complete autonomy, without refreshments except for some water points, with the obligation to use the helmet in the upper part of the route (from Lake Gelato upwards) and with the presence of mountain guides to ensure safety.
Many important names to keep an eye on, especially in the men's race, where there are experienced athletes and young recruits for an interesting intergenerational clash. The obligatory favorites are Alex Déjanaz and Dennis Brunod, both already winners of theAosta-Becca di Nona, but eyes also on the French Julien Michelon and Yoann Sert and on couples Lorenzo Rostagno and Fabio Cavallo, Nicolas Statti and Elwis Pieiller, Simone Cappelletti and Giuliano Cavallo, Denis Trento and Didier Chanoine. There will also be an athlete who has made the history of skyrunning, Hector Champrétavy with his son Anonymous, and former cross-country skiing World Cup coach Paolo Riva together with Luca Frutaz. Eight mixed pairs, where the challenge is open in particular between the champion Gloriana Pellissier with her husband Massimo Junod, Chiara Pino with Emanuele Giannelli and Marina Cugnetto with Francesco Carrara. The women's challenge will be played Lorella Charrance and Emilie Collomb on the one hand and Francesca Travi and Sabrina Bendotti on the other.
Friday 14 July the delivery of the bibs from 17 to 20.30 in the Council Chamber of the Municipality of Charvensod, then Saturday morning gets serious: at 6.30 the meeting of the athletes, who will leave at 7 am from the Guido Saba sports field by Plan-Félinaz. The arrival of the first at the top of the Emilius is expected around 10 a.m., at 11.30 that of the last. Afterwards, at the Arbolle Refuge there will be lunch and, at 2 pm, the awards ceremony.
In these days it will begin cleaning and safety of the path that leads from the Arbolle Refuge to the Emilius through the normal route, and which will thus be restored throughout the summer also for hikers. The trail will then be closed by municipal ordinance on Friday 7, Monday 10, Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 July. Always with a municipal ordinance on the day of the race will be closed the normal route to the Emilius.
The involvement of the Unité des Communes Valdôtaines Mont-Emilius
TheEmilius 3559, which enjoys the contribution of the Office du Tourisme of the Autonomous Region of Valle d'Aosta, has also received the support of theUnité des Communes Valdôtaines Mont-Emilius, which enclosed the municipalities of Brissogne, Charvensod, Fénis, Gressan, Jovençan, Nus, Pollein, Quart, Saint-Christophe, Saint-Marcel. "As Unité we support this type of initiative because it contributes to the enhancement of our territory – explains Michel Martinet, President of the Unité des Communes Mont-Emilius. This is the first race of this kind, which is why we joined with pleasure and conviction".