Davide Grazielli

The only competition is yourself.

I was born on 18 September 1974 in Pieve Ligure (Genoa). I’m currently working as a lecturer at the Polytechnic in Milan and also work as an endurance coach. I live with my partner Maria Carla. I started running because it’s in the family - my father ran the ultra trails in the 1970s - so it has been a constant part of my life. In the last fifteen years this passion has taken hold and has become, to a certain extent, both an “obsession” and a job. I keep running because it is the only activity that fulfils my everyday need to move and keep busy. My favourite long-distance run is undoubtedly the 100 miles: the round number and the story it tells fascinate me, together with the fact that one metaphorically dies and is reborn several times during a race. I tend to prefer races that are runnable, without too much technical descent. But I’m actually interested in all types of race: track & field, road, mountain and trail. I just can’t get enough. I like everything and try to take everything in, even though I’m best at long-distance running.

I train almost every day because I want running to be part of my everyday life. The most beautiful race is the one that has yet to be run, but it is undeniable that last year’s Western States was, in many respects, the most beautiful moment in which I wore a race number. If I had to think of the best race, perhaps none beats the 2013 South Downs Way 100 - a perfect day where I kept pushing myself and the more I asked my legs to do, the more they delivered. UTMB 2015 was amazing too, competing alongside Ivano. The worst? Every finished race leaves a beautiful memory, so negative thoughts don’t come into it.


Highlights

2017 WESTERN STATES 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN - 18°, 100 E LODE - 2°
2016 RIO DEL LAGO 100 MILE ENDURANCE RUN – 4° 2016 NORTH DOWNS WAY 100 MILE RACE – 4°
2015 ULTRA TRAIL DU MONT BLANC – 26° , LAVAREDO ULTRA TRAIL - 26°, North Downs Way 50 Mile Race - 4°
2014 100 MILES SUD DE FRANCE – 3°
2014 LAKELAND 100 MILE – 4°
2014 QUADRIFOGLIO ULTRATRAIL DELLA VAL TARO 100 km – 1°
2013 MORENIC TRAIL 109 km – 3°
2013 SOUTH DOWNS WAY 100 MILE RACE – 2° ; 2012 Western States 100 Mile Endurance Run - 50°

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