Always the first of September. The one with the Maga, for over a decade, is a fixed appointment for the sky runners from Lombardy and beyond.

After the epic continental edition of two summers ago, the beauty of these peaks has crossed national borders. A reason for satisfaction and stimulus for Davide Scolari’s boys who are now ready to start again with renewed enthusiasm: “Last year we cancelled because of the pandemic, but now it’s right to start again – said the president of the organizing committee of Orobica -. In hard hit countries like ours, sport has been and continues to be an important release valve. A reason to move forward and look to the future with confidence. People want to turn over a new leaf and start again… and so do we”.

Races confirmed, therefore, with open registration on the site www.picosport.net. As anticipated, the hard course used for the European Championship will be kept in store for special occasions. In Val Serina will return to run on distances and differences in height more human. The tests provided are the classic marathon 39km (3000 m D+) and Skyrace (24 km 1500 D+).

Menna, Arera, Grem and Alben, the peaks from whose initials the little big dream of the “MAGA” started, are therefore ready to be the background to another great Sunday of sport. Keep free the first weekend of September. Those of Val Serina are races that deserve.

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Maurizio Torri | Sportdimontagna

(Foto Ian Corless)

It is time to take a tough decision, the one we would have never wanted to make. A little bit more than three months after the event and into consideration that the state of emergency will continue until 31 July, the Organising Committee has to deal with reality. Even today it is in fact not clear how the situation will evolve from 1 August and what the developments will be.

And then the MAGA stops.

It STOPS because health and safety of athletes, volunteers, fans and onlookers are at stake, and all those people has always been fundamental in the organization of our competitions.

It STOPS out of respect for the sponsors and all those who over the years have financially supported the event, because it does not seem right to ask for a contribution to our event since now priorities are different.

It Stops out of respect for all those who are suffering and who are fighting against this virus that has changed our lives, for friends who have lost someone and still want to run and celebrate, but not now.

MAGA stops, but only for a year. The appointment is only postponed of 365 days, until 2021 when receiving an encouraging pat on the shoulder, a glass of water on arrival at the top, after the most difficult ascent of the route and a hug on arrival by your friends and fans will be even more beautiful.

We live on emotions, which this expectation will make even more intense.

TEAM MAGA