Anna De Biase, athlete and CimAlp Tester, lives in Genoa by the sea but with a nearby hinterland behind where there are hills and mountains with beautiful trails and breathtaking views. An ideal place with a mild climate all year round, perfect for practicing outdoor sports. Her life was characterized by a great drama but her love for sport and nature helped her to focus and stabilize her emotions, regaining balance and a smile.
We leave it to her to tell us her story.
The first steps in trail running
I started to get passionate about the outdoor world in adulthood about 5 years ago, first with climbing, thanks to my mountaineer husband, and then with trail running.
My first race was the Gran Trail Rensen, 30km. I did not know about the trail running discipline, even if I practiced athletics at a competitive level, but I remember that, right from the start, it left me with wonderful sensations. After the first experience, I continued and never stopped increasing the distances, collecting many races, on the wings of enthusiasm, and chasing the famous Itra points!
“I’m lucky enough to have a special training partner “Sofficina “. She follows me everywhere faithfully and patiently. She could tell a lot about our outdoor adventures.”
The discovery of ultra trails and that “special thing” they can give you
My first ultra trail was the 85km Transgrancanaria, I had never raced at night in the dark and it was thrilling. After that I participated in the CCC and twice in the TDS.
Ultra Trails and running in nature in general have a positive effect on me and on my emotions, my stability.
An ultra trail from a mental point of view allows me to select the thoughts to be processed by making me concentrate on the most important ones.
My life has been characterized by a serious and hard to accept loss, the death of my husband due to a mountaineering accident. It was not easy for me to get up and start again; running helped me a lot.
Now I have a new partner, Andrea, who supports me in my passions and also new goals and projects.
2020 and the new year to come
This year, despite Covid, I managed to complete two ultra trails, the Ronda Ghibellina Plus 70km and the Ultra Trail of the Julian Alps 120Km, two 2nd places on the podium that I am very happy with. Yes, because my track and field past has left me with a “light” competitive spirit! I already have my 2021 challenges in place, for example the Transgrancanaria 125Km, emergency permitting.
Digital Strategic Marketing Director – certified Innovation Manager – in multinational companies, she is still today the only Italian female athlete to have ran 900 km and 55,000m D+ in the mountains in a single stage race (Transpyrenea 2016, 3rd women overall). She counts numerous Podiums and international Victories on races over 100k. She holds a SNaQ CONI certification as a Trail Running Coach, Athletic Trainer and in Nutrition and Sports Supplementation. Since 2014 she is President and sports executive of innovative technology startups and companies, including Trail Running Movement and Digital Sport 360. She trains elite trail running athletes and she teaches in trail running coach certification courses. She is an author of sports articles on training, nutrition and supplementation in trail running and running, both in Italian and in English and Spanish. She manages relationships and collaborations with Federations and Race Organizers.