Within the new brief movie by Black Diamond, “La Gara with Hillary Gerardi,” we get a jaw-dropping take a look at the legendary Trofeo Kima race in Val Masino, Italy, and what it means to Black Diamond athlete Hillary Gerardi.
Within the opening scenes, Ilde Marchetti of the race group describes how the race was named after and created in dedication to her late brother, who died in service with mountain rescue, and had so revered the Val Masino and its surrounding mountains.
The 52-kilometer race, which takes place each different yr, covers extraordinarily technical terrain and is a distinct segment providing in mountain working. For Gerardi, the race has change into an integral a part of how she sees herself as a runner. The movie first sees her take victory in 2018, after which paperwork her four-year wait to defend her title and problem Núria Picas’s course report when the race lastly returned in 2022, following an interruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In case her ardour for this race and this place was not evident sufficient within the movie, Gerardi has written a love letter to Trofeo Kima, which reads:
“Kima, I can now not say I’m inexperienced. I can now not even declare that I’m ‘probably not a
runner,’ however I can say that it has taken me a very long time to determine as such. And in some methods, I’m
nonetheless deciding about what sort of runner I wish to be. However I do know one factor for positive. When these
questions and doubts come round, I can level to you and know that I’m house. Kima, you’ve let
me really feel like me in a means that the majority working by no means has. You’ve helped me determine the runner I
aspire to be. A runner that inhabits the world between the earth and the sky, scales the slopes,
pushes so onerous they really feel the style of blood of their mouth, and skips throughout jumbles of blocks all
whereas feeling awe at having the privilege to observe the footsteps of people who first drew the road
throughout jaw dropping landscapes.
A runner that dares to run the chance of failure however will give all of it that she’s obtained for an opportunity so as to add
her title to the legacy.