Magraid is not just a race: Magraid is charity, Magraid is culture, Magraid is nature and environmental preservation, Magraid is also TOURISM!
The Region of Friuli holds different kinds of landscape: high and rugged mountains, the Alps, plane and sandy beaches, gentle hills, and than lakes, paths, lagoons, historical town… and, of course, the dry and charming area where Magraid takes place!

Friuli also allows you to discover typical vine and food and hand made products and you could relax or practise sports and activities like trekking, swimming, golfing…

So, why not planning a vacation after the race?!

Our land will surprise and fascinate you!

Here you can find some useful link to plan a stay in Friuli and in the Pordenone’s area!

Turismo FVG – all about our Region
Pordenone With Love – all about Pordenone
Consorzio Pordenone Turismo – for planning your stay

And here a lot of free city maps with information!

We are waiting for you! Enjoy Friuli and Pordenone!


“Magredi” (10.097,12 hectares) are a kind of nature unique in the world, marked by steppe, sandy desert, dry riverbed, small streams, stones and pebbles (called “claps” in local speaking). Rare and typical plants, flowers and animals have lived in “Magradi” for centuries. The south borders of this territory are marked by “risorgive”, a linear area where water, falling down from near mountains and flowing underground to valley, come back on ground surface creating springs and rivers.

The “Magradi” area is protected and registered as site of European interest: respect for territory and its nature is requested by specific EU laws.

The 3-days long race MAGRAID takes place in this particular and fascinating landscape. It’s a 3 stages-race with overnight stay in a base camp located at “Parareit”, in the Municipality of Cordenons (PN).

During MAGRAID you will be for three days deeply inside nature, far apart from the rest of the world!


After harsh winters, the spring brings to the Magredi area plenty of precious gemmae: delicate flowers which at the same time have enough strength to proliferate in this expanse of stones, such as the orchid. In summer, the permanent meadows are filled with red poppies and the steppe is full of life. The Magredi area also presents its own endemic species, which cannot be found anywhere else in the world: the Brassica, with its distinctive yellow flower. The presence of Crambe tataria is also worth mentioning, as it typically grows in the steppe plains of Eastern Europe and in Italy it can be found only here. Legend has it that it was brought to the Friuli region by the horses of the ancient conquerors coming from the East, having the seeds settled in their hooves.


Davide Francescutti


Matthiola carnica (Photo by Vaccher)
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The stone-curlew is the king of the Magredi Steppe: seeing this bird is very difficult, as thanks to its cryptic plumage it can make itself invisible on the river bed, surrounded by the stones where it nests. In the SCI, the safeguarded environmental area offers a safe and protected habitat. Beyond the stone-curlew, other birds have chosen the Magredi, such as the Montagu’s harrier, a very rear bird of prey. When it flies, it can grasp all the power of the Magredi area and from the sky it can see all Magredi population, from other birds (such as the common whitethroat to the golden eagle) to the mammals (foxes are common) to the reptiles. But other smaller animals are also worth mentioning, the insects, for instance, contribute in making the Friuli steppe a wide and precious Noah’s Ark, just a short walk away from the urban areas.


Davide Francescutti




Differently from the Magredi area, where water disappears, in the Risorgive (spring) area water surfaces in pools of water, i.e. paddles similar to small ponds. This phenomenon is caused by the waterproofing soil, which is made of clay that stops the water slope, forcing it to go back. Subsequently, these pools generate many rivulets and small channels that gather in the Noncello river, which passes through the territory of Cordenons and reaches Pordenone, where it then merge with the Meduna river.

The whole area is a preciuos habitat for various flora and fauna species.


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The Magredi area is a steppe and a desert but, at the same time, it is surprisingly rich in water. This amazing nature paradox originates many kilometres towards the north, in the Friuli Dolimites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ice and snow covering these picks generate a pure water that descends the mountains, continues its flow through the smallest mountain streams and merges with the biggest one, the Cellina stream. The water keeps flowing down, not only towards the valley but also in the subsoil reaching the Magredi area, where the Cellina stream meets the Meduna, another important stream in the zone. On their white gravel beds, water flows silently and hidden and then reappears unexpectedly in pools and branches that the runners love fording to cool off. On the southern part of the Cordenons territory, in the spring area, water surfaces again in pools and small ponds, in a wonderful green and live area.


Davide Francescutti



I don’t throw my waste away” is a project supported by the magazine “Spirito Trail” directed to athletes and Organizing Commitees and finalized to protect the nature. Very often during races athletes leave waste all along the route.
We deeply hope to raise awareness about this question making athletes understand that races can’t exclude environmental conservation.
And please help us to promote this project.




The Sites of Community Importance (SCI) are areas contributing significantly to the maintenance or restoration at a favourable conservation status of a natural habitat type or of a species. The SCI “Magredi del Cellina” covers an area of 4372 hectares, including the Municipalities of

Cordenons, S.Quirino, S.Giorgio della Richinvelda, Montereale Valcellina, Vivaro, Maniago and Zoppola. This area was chosen for its need to be safeguarded, since it is characterised by natural environments similar to those of the Pannonian steppe.