Saturday, July 11, 2009

Red Bull X-Alps is Back

Next Sunday a new edition of the Red Bull X-Alps kicks off in Salzburg. Red Bull X-Alps is an adventure and paragliding competition for thirty selected internacional athletes from 23 different nations. The challenge is to cross the Alps from East to West and finish in Monaco as quickly as possible traveling only by paragliders or by foot. The race goes on day and night, whatever the weather conditions are, until the first pilot reaches the goal. Athletes are forbidden any kind of motorised transport but can select a supporter to help supply food, equipment and information.
The first Red Bull X-Alps took place in 2003 opened up a new dimension in adventure racing. For Hannes Arch, event mastermind the adventure race “is much more than just an Alpine crossing; it’s an adventure, an expedition and at the same time a competition”. As the organizer behind the event, Hannes Arch proves that he has the spirit and capability to combine sports in the purest form with modern marketing and media strategies.
Teams will start on July 19th at 10:00 am at Salzburg Mozartplatz and must travel over selected turnpoints defined by the race organisers towards Monaco. Final results are established according to the time it took participants to reach Monaco or the number of kilometres covered during the course of the event. The total prize money of 28,500 Euros will be divided among the athletes according to their final position in the race field (1st: €10,000; 2nd: €5,000; 3rd: €3,000; 4th-10th €1,500 each).