Friday, August 29, 2008

Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run

Tomorrow August 30th at 11:00 AM the starting signal for the Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run will be fired off for the fourth consecutive time. The event consists in a stage race across the Alps for teams of two participants. The different team categories are: Men, Women, Master Men (when a team is male and combined over 80 years old, Aug 28, 2008 is the cut off date) and Mixed. The novelty for the 2008 edition is a new course profile. Starting in the Bavarian town of Ruhpolding, Germany, the whole Transalpine circus is travelling though Austria to Südtirol, ending for the first time ever in the Dolomites in the beautiful village of Sexten. Despite the extreme challenge of the new routing (a total distance of 298.54 kilometres and a vertical gain of 14,289 metres), it wasn’t the goal to find a more demanding way across the Alpes but “it the long legs became necessary due to the distances between the stage towns in order to guarantee that all participants can run on beautiful and unique trails” states Race Director Wolfgang Pohls. To achieve this goal, Pohl and his teams invested four weeks of more or less sweat-inducing work not including the planning time in the office and the stage towns.

Aug 30, Stage 1. Ruhpolding to St. Ulrich im Pillerseetal
Aug 31, Stage 2. St. Ulrich im Pillerseetal to Mittersill
Sep 1, Stage 3. Mittersill to Neukirchen am Großvenediger
Sep 2, Stage 4. Neukirchen am Großvenediger to Prettau/Ahrntal
Sep 3, Stage 5. Prettau/Ahrntal to Sand in Taufers
Sep 4, Stage 6. Sand in Taufers to Antholz
Sep 5, Stage 7. Antholz to Niederdorf im Hochpustertal
Sep 6, Stage 8. Niederdorf im Hochpustertal to Sexten im Hochpustertal