ETNA TRAIL RACE, SICILY
The Etna Trail Race on the Italian island of Sicily provides the opportunity to race on the highest active volcano in Europe, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The race provides constant changes of scenery and climate, from lush vineyards to dense ancient forests and then to the lunar landscapes of rock, volcanic sand and black lava of the volcano itself. Runners cross uneven lava fields that were once flowing molten rock and have to contend with long descents on fine, loose, volcanic soil that throws up clouds of dust in their wake. There are distances from 12km to 94km available, all with fantastic views over the idyllic Ionian coastline.