One of the highlights of the annual cross-country season took place on Sunday.
The Cinque Mulini, translated to five mills from Italian, was held in northern Italy and features one of the most unusual cross-country courses in the world.
The race was first held in 1933 and has been run every year since including during the Second World War with the course weaving its way through the small town and through several old water mills. That’s right, competitors run through buildings.
It’s one of the most prestigous meets in the world having hosted no less than 33 Olympic champions, according to the international governing body for athletics.
— Óscar Fdez. (@gabyandersengz) January 31, 2016
The event was largely dominated by Italians in the early days of the race but with the growing popularity over the years, the race attracts athletes from all over the world. A Kenyan or Ethiopian has won the men’s and women’s race each year since 2011.
No Canadian has ever won the Cinque Mulini cross-country race.
— Runcard Italia (@RuncardItalia) January 31, 2016
Highlights from the 2015 race can be seen below (it got messy):