The first Maratona dles Dolomites was run on July 12th 1987. This was a celebration of the first 10 years of the Cycling Club Societá Ciclistica Alta Badia-Raiffeisen. The route was unique and snaked through seven Dolomite passes: Gardena, Sella, Fedaia, Duran, Forcella Staulanza, Falzarego and Valparola over 175 kilometres.
It started and ended in Pedraces. There are 166 participants. The first to pass the finish line was the Austrian Wolfgang Steinmayr who rode for over ten hours. There was also a single woman: Trui Beemsterboern from Holland. The organising committee of the time never imagined that it was the start of an event that would become part of non-professional cycling contest history worldwide.
More: Statistics of the 1st edition
In 1988 there were two routes. The first was 184 km long and mainly followed the roads of the first edition. The second was shorter. The cold, rainy day created quite a few problems for the 440 competitors. 417 people started the race.
At the Duran Pass they stopped to decide what to do. The competition times were cancelled, but the race continued. The last competitor arrived at 9 pm virtually frozen to death. A tub of boiling water awaited him in the hotel.
More: Statistics of the 2nd edition
It was also icy cold in 1989, which featured the Maratona pennant for the first time. The number of competitors continued to increase to 541. The starter was an exceptional professional, Maurizio Giupponi, who had come second in the Giro d’Italia the year before.
The day was so cold that the organisers decided to end the race at the Giau Pass.
More: Statistics of the 3rd edition
The route changed, but not the substance: the 1990Maratona was 184 km long and included the Valparola Pass, descended to Cortina, the Tre Croci Pass, Misurina Lake, the Cimabanche watershed, Cortina, the Giau Pass, Colle Santa Lucia, Caprile, the Fedaia Pass, Canazei, the Pordoi Pass, Arabba and the Campolongo Pass. There were 5000 metres of difference in altitude. There was also a shorter, more manageable route.
There were 951 participants, including the first American. It was also the year of the first Maratona jersey that was given to all competitors.