Amalfi Coast & Legendary Trails

Italy
17-27 September 2017

An unforgettable journey exploring the ancient trails of Italy and experiencing the epic Amalfi Coast.

Explore ancient medieval towns, sample authentic Italian cuisine and run with us in one of the most spectacular coastal trail destinations in the world. This exclusive adventure will take you along the spectacular trail runs of the Amalfi Coast, supported by amazing local guides and an incredibly friendly local community. With 18km and 28km options, you can choose the distance that’s right for you.

We also take you on an exclusive Legendary Trails experience; an unforgettable journey through the dramatic hills and high plains of the Abruzzo region. Along the way you’ll have ample time to enjoy your comfortable lodgings, sample local cuisine and discover medieval towns and fortresses, as you explore Italy ‘off the beaten track’.

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Highlights

  • Journey through the ancient medieval towns along Italy’s spectacular coastline known as the “Jewel of the Mediterranean”
  • Dedicated crew to support you from departure to landing
  • Relaxed, comfortable accommodation in quintessentially local quarters
  • Trail runs through the Gran Sasso National Park
  • A visit to the Castle of Rocca Calascio
  • Imposing mountains and expansive high plains
  • Free time to explore the maze of cobbled streets through historical local villages
  • Experienced, local guides
  • Professional photographer to capture your memories
  • All ground transportation and transfers.

Detailed Information

The breathtaking views and challenging climbs of the Amalfi Coast and Legendary Trails Experience will leave you enchanted and inspired.

Medieval magic

After touching down in the grandeur of Rome, our journey takes us east to Santo Stefano di Sessanio, nestled under the dominating Gran Sasso and within the Monti della Laga National Park. Known as the ‘Little Tibet of Italy’, this land of imposing mountains and high plains is one of the largest protected areas in Europe. Located within the National Park, Santo Stefano di Sessanio is one of Italy’s prettiest villages, and a classic example of a fortified medieval settlement, with an integring maze of ancient buildings and cobbled streets just begging to be explored. This will be our home for the next three days, as we discover the magical and unforgettable ‘Legendary Trails Experience’, accompanied by passionate, experienced local guides who will show us the real Italy, taking in the tavernas, pensiones, and restaurants of the Abruzzo region.

Majestical trails in the wilderness

Day Three and we head off on our first trail through the majestic National Park of Gran Sasso, offering stunning views of high plains and jagged peaks, and a genuine sense of wilderness and freedom. Also included is a visit to the castle and Calascio, followed by a delicious, traditional Italian dinner. Day Four begins with a 5km trail run near Santo Stefano, on the breathtaking journey to Rocca Calascio and the Castel del Monte. Dating back to the 10th century, this stunning example of medieval architecture is now a UNESCO world heritage site. In the afternoon we begin our journey to the Amalfi Coast.

The jewel of the Mediterranean

South of Naples, the Amalfi Coast is a region rich in history, culture and natural beauty. Visited by Emperors and Popes for centuries, the “Jewel of the Mediterranean” provides a stunning setting for your Amalfi Coast trail run. The spectacular coastal scenery is staggeringly beautiful, with gravity-defying houses clinging to the cliffs and dazzling blue ocean as far as the eye can see. Day Five is a day of freedom, to explore the stunningly beautiful Minori and Ravello, based out of the four star Minori Palace Hotel. Day Six is your opportunity to explore the magical coastal trails of Amalfi and Atrani, becoming familiar with your surrounds. A full trail briefing will be held in the afternoon, prior to a delectable pre-race meal at the Hidden Cove restaurant, where we will share inspiration for the epic trail running adventure ahead.

The Big Day!

Day Seven is the big day – your chance to challenge yourself with an 18km or 28km trail run along the stunning Amalfi Coast! Starting in the town of Agerola, the Amalfi Trails wind along some of Italy’s most revered coastline, navigating ancient staircases and pathways, including the Sentiero Degli Dei or ‘Path of the Gods’ – an absolutely breathtaking single-track trail along seaside bluffs with thousand-foot sheer drop offs. This is a trail like no other, and with limited guided trail running in this region, you will join a chosen few to walk or run in the footsteps of the Gods.

You made it!

Day Eight and the hard work is over! To celebrate, we will enjoy a day of sailing on a chartered boat, exploring the coast along to Amalfi and Positano. We will also enjoy a celebratory team dinner at the famous Hidden Cove restaurant. If you’d prefer to stay on land, you are welcome instead explore at your own pace: take in the local culture, smell the deliciously fresh bread and coffee, be entertained by local street musicians, sample local gelato, pizza and fresh local seafood, and explore the cobbled streets and extraordinary medieval architecture.

Farewell to Italy

Day Nine and it is time to pack our bags and return to Rome, ready to begin our journey home.

With exceptional experience and local knowledge, your guides in Amalfi could not come more highly qualified. This team know the terrain better than anyone, and as well as sharing the best views and the best stops, the crew will impart incredible local knowledge along the way. You could not be in better hands.

Aurelio Michelangelo

Race Organiser and Program Director

Aurelio is one of Italy’s most well-known and respected figures in the trail running community. He has an absolute passion for all things related to trail running and his experience is second-to-none, with over 25 years’ active involvement in the trail running scene in Italy. Aurelio is widely traveled and has challenged himself to complete some of the world’s most gruelling trails across the planet.

Aurelio’s has boundless enthusiasm when it comes to sharing Italy’s most beautiful yet relatively unknown areas for trail running, making him the perfect host and guide for the Amalfi Coast Crossing and Legendary Trails. His energy is beyond contagious – you can’t help but be excited!

Aurelio MichelangeloRace Organiser and Program Director

Tim Holmström

Trail running guide

Tim brings a unique perspective to every running event he directs, plans, manages or simply participates in – through the eye of his camera lens. Tim has spent more than two decades as a lifestyle and sports photographer for large international multi-day events and has developed and directed successful world-class races and race organisations such as The Coastal Challenge in Coast Rica and The Desert Challenge.

He loves combining adventure seeking with amazing locations, and his races all achieve the goal of taking runners into stunning and spectacular corners of the world they may otherwise never see. Tim carries this same philosophy into his photography work, which has taken him to many wild and remote destinations around the world. He loves nothing more than to share this experience with athletes in the endurance community and running community.

“My experiences and areas of interest have helped me realise that I deeply enjoy creating opportunities for people to challenge themselves on multiple levels in a variety of contexts. I enjoy creating the imagery and messaging that helps to motivate, inspire and challenge them to attempt things that seems beyond any of their perceived limitations. It is gratifying to see them attempt and succeed. If they fail it is always inspiring to see how they go about picking themselves to try again another day.”

Tim HolmströmTrail running guide

Dario Rocco

Trail running guide and consultant

Dario is very much at home in the outdoors and backcountry and loves the opportunity adventure racing creates for walking the world and ‘breaking the limits’. When he’s not helping others to achieve their goals, he is chasing his own dreams, as a pro runner for the Salomon Trail Running team and professional Adventure Racing competitor.

Dario is a qualified guide and sports consultant, is fluent in multiple languages and has supported many clients from all over the world to prepare and then complete races such as the Amalfi Coast Crossing. Dario places particular emphasis on pre-race preparation in the final days leading up to the race, challenging people to reach beyond their limits. Dario finds sport consultancy a fulfilling experience, giving him an opportunity to share his experience and knowledge with race participants on the expectations and requirements of a race.

“Outdoor sports and especially adventure racing opened up in me a new knowledge and wisdom on how to walk the world and how to consciously break the limits. Even though I was not really a natural for trail running, the years invested in training, counting up all the kilometres in my feet, summed up to my personal best results this year which made me realise there are so many more limits to go beyond, goals to reach.”

Life for Dario means a continuous search for challenges and new experiences, and in his words, “whether it’s personal, sports or business, my way is the ‘challenge’ way”.

Dario RoccoTrail running guide and consultant

Every great adventure requires support from an awesome crew, and we’ve got the best lined up for you! James and Anna are enthusiastic, energetic, organised and most importantly, loads of fun! They’ll make sure you have what you need to love every moment of this epic journey.

Coaching Support

Not only do our crew support you throughout the trip, but they also provide customised coaching programmes leading up to our amazing journey to ensure that come race day, you are 100% ready. You want to turn up to the start line feeling great – strong, prepared, excited! To help you get there, James Kueglar is offering an exclusive coaching package for those who want to live the DreamIt ‘NO REGRET’ policy. James will tailor an individual programme to suit your fitness level and ability, to help you prepare for this amazing experience and then be there at your side to help you achieve your goals!

Coaching Dates: July 10 – September 27*

Your individually structured training programme includes:

  • Weekly conference call with DreamIt crew to discuss elements of; preparation, training principles, injury management/prevention, recovery, running technique and nutrition
  • DreamIt running technique workshop
  • DreamIt group training sessions
  • Training Peaks training diary
  • Initial consultation and health care recommendations at Drury Chiropractic and selected health care providers

$500.00

*Dates subject to change depending on exact date of trip.

 

James Kuegler

James describes his devotion to sport as an obsession. Every day, he’s out there; whether it be for his own personal running, multisport or endurance efforts or training someone else. As well as being a qualified Chiropractor and personal coach, James has now found his niche as a running coach and possesses a drive and unique skillset that gives his clients very powerful and unique strategies for improving their form and speed.

James’ obsession with sport goes back to childhood, where like many kiwi boys he grew up with the earnest objective of becoming an All Black. At high school it was all about rugby, hiking and orienteering; there was never a time when he wasn’t extremely active. James’ first major endurance challenge was the Coast to Coast multisport event, a 243km one-day event that he completed in 2008 with relative ease, thanks to the training and guidance of coach Gordon Walker.

While undertaking his Chiropractic studies and feeding his obsession for endurance sports, James also worked for a time in a practice manager role for a biomechanist, found a niche in public speaking, and then discovered his true calling as a running coach, training anyone from 55 year-old beginner runners to marathon, and ultra marathon champions.

Along the way, James met his lovely fiancé Anna – also a chiropractor – and today he regularly participates in endurance events, as well as training others to improve and perform at their best. His chiropractic training comes into play almost every day as he tweaks people’s technique. In his words, the two paths of his career have ended up beautifully intertwining to create the perfect skill set for a running coach with a deeper knowledge of the human body than most.

James Kuegler

Anna Murphy

Anna has been a keen sportsperson all her life, and followed her passion into a rewarding career as a Chiropractor.

She now works fulltime at a busy family practice based in Auckland. Anna has been practicing for the past 5 years, and specialises in helping people achieve a greater level of spinal health, so that they can perform at their best in both sport, and life. She has completed post graduate study in sports chiropractic, and is working towards becoming a certified sports chiropractor.

Over the last eight years, Anna has developed a keen interest in cycling and running, and regularly competes in mountain biking, road cycling, and trail running events. With her knowledge of how the human body works, she has also been a key player in helping James Kuegler develop his coaching business, and has been coaching runners in this time.

Anna Murphy

Dario Rocco

Trail running guide and consultant

Dario is very much at home in the outdoors and backcountry and loves the opportunity adventure racing creates for walking the world and ‘breaking the limits’. When he’s not helping others to achieve their goals, he is chasing his own dreams, as a pro runner for the Salomon Trail Running team and professional Adventure Racing competitor.

Dario is a qualified guide and sports consultant, is fluent in multiple languages and has supported many clients from all over the world to prepare and then complete races such as the Amalfi Coast Crossing. Dario places particular emphasis on pre-race preparation in the final days leading up to the race, challenging people to reach beyond their limits. Dario finds sport consultancy a fulfilling experience, giving him an opportunity to share his experience and knowledge with race participants on the expectations and requirements of a race.

“Outdoor sports and especially adventure racing opened up in me a new knowledge and wisdom on how to walk the world and how to consciously break the limits. Even though I was not really a natural for trail running, the years invested in training, counting up all the kilometres in my feet, summed up to my personal best results this year which made me realise there are so many more limits to go beyond, goals to reach.”

Life for Dario means a continuous search for challenges and new experiences, and in his words, “whether it’s personal, sports or business, my way is the ‘challenge’ way”.

Dario RoccoTrail running guide and consultant

 

Trail Runs and Elevations:

28km Coastal Trail – Elevation D+ 2700 metres

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18k – Elevation D+ 1209 metres

 

DREAM IT IS THE TOTAL PACKAGE!

Dream It events are designed to be stress free, taking all the hassle away by being the total package, including costs – all you need to do is commit to getting in shape for the start line!

Our fully inclusive package costs include:

  • Return flights from Auckland airport
  • All accommodation, including breakfasts and dinners*
  • Airport and luggage transfers
  • Exclusive local cultural events included in your itinerary
  • Training advice and support pre-departure**
  • Local guides
  • Event entry, where applicable

The only exclusions include lunches (so you have the opportunity to personally select and sample the local cuisine) and travel insurance, which we find people prefer to manage themselves.

*Drinks and dinners in transit (during stop overs) are not included.

**Provision of training and coaching provided pre-departure is tailored and delivered on an individual basis and requirements.

Payment Schedule

To make it even easier to plan your trip, we offer a simple payment plan, with four payments between registration and departure, beginning with a $2,500 NZD deposit payment when you register.

To protect your dream travel adventure, we also recommend deposit protection insurance be taken out at the time of your first deposit payment, plus full travel insurance to be put into effect prior to your first progress payment.

Required Next Steps

To confirm your registration, all we need is:

  • $2,500 NZD deposit payment
  • Scanned copy of the completed Dream It Registration Form
  • Scanned copy of your passport

Contact us now to receive the full event information booklet, including a full overview and itinerary of your Dream It journey, as well as your Dream It Registration Form and full costings.

Terms And Conditions

This package is based on the following terms and conditions:

  1. Group departure, based on minimum numbers and specific flights.
  2. Inclusions – Flights, accommodation, transfers, meals (as specified in the itinerary) and hosting throughout (see above for more information).
  3. A deposit of $2,500 NZD is required at time of booking. A payment plan thereafter prior to departure.
  4. All prices are subject to change until paid in full and prices are all subject to availability. Prices are for cash/bank transfer, there will be a 2% surcharge for Visa/Mastercard and 3% surcharge for Amex/ Diners. Your names on the electronic ticket must be exactly as your passport and you must have at least 6 months’ validity on your passport upon your return entry into New Zealand. All prices subject to currency fluctuation.
  5. Prices quoted are for Economy return airfares and twin share accommodation. Prices are available on upgrades for both at your request.

Mandatory Equipment for 28km runners

  • Camelbak able to carry all mandatory equipment
  • A mobile/cellular telephone (with the emergency number of the organiser therein stored). Keep the phone on at all times and make sure it is fully charged at the start of the race
  • A cup/bottle of at least 150ml
  • A camelbak with at least 1 litre of water
  • A whistle
  • An elastic and adhesive strapping suitable for making a bandage (min. 100cm x 6cm)
  • Food/nutritional supplies
  • Cap or bandana

Advisable Equipment for 28km runners

  • Trekking poles
  • A small knife
  • A warm change of clothing in case of unfavourable weather conditions or if racer is forced to stop
  • Gloves
  • Map of the course
  • Small amount of money (20 euros)

Mandatory Equipment for 18km race

  • A cup/bottle of at least 150ml

Advisable Equipment for 18km race

  • A camelbak
  • Food/nutritional supplies
  • A cap/bandana
  • A whistle
  • Swimming goggles for enjoying the coastline afterwards

Our team based in Italy are able to answer any questions as they arise for the group. We will also set up a closed Facebook page for the group to share information, provide support and encourage each other throughout.

Here are some of the more common questions we get asked….

What fitness level is required to enjoy this experience?

We allow for a wide range of fitness levels and provide varied race day options to allow for this. The trails section before we get to Amalfi will allow for you to go at your own pace and we have guides to look after different fitness levels.

Can I extend my holiday after we have finished the group trip in Rome?

You can extend your trip at the end of the tour only. This can be arranged via our Travel Agent Michael Graham listed in the ‘Key Contacts’ section.

What date do we depart and arrive back in New Zealand?

We depart Auckland on Monday 18th September at 5:30pm via Dubai returning to Auckland on Saturday 30th September at 12:45pm.

Are there any tours booked during our 2 night stop over in Rome on our way home?

No. We have left this as free time to allow for individuals preferences. We will however share ideas and thoughts with the group as to the options available when we have confirmed the group.

Why do I need to take travel insurance so far in advance?

Please note that upon acceptance of our travel proposal and receiving your deposit, some or all of the money paid will become non-refundable. It is very important that you take out travel insurance to cover the funds for cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. Our group travel agent can quote on this and clarify in more detail as required. His contact details are provided in the back of this booklet.

Key Contacts

Michael Davis (Mavis)

James Kuegler

Michael Graham