Friday, July 24, 2009

Swissalpine

The Swissalpine, known previously as Swiss Alpine Marathon Davos, will take place tomorrow. The event name and the slogan were altered last year to "more than a race", because Swissalpine really is more than just a race. It now also includes the multi-sport Alpinathlon (took place last Saturday). The event also includes the "high seven". This term relates to seven days high in the Alps. With it, the people responsible are referring to the multi-faceted supporting programme, which includes, amongst other things, two concerts, a two-day exhibition, seminars, a medical parc, route inspections and excursions.
The Top Race for tomorrow is the Route K78 (78.5 kilometres and +/-2260 m), the biggest mountain ultramarathon in the world, and the ultimate challenge. 21 km of the race is on high alpine terrain, the highlight being the Panorama Trail (a narrow and, in parts, exposed mountain path) at an altitude of 2,600 m. This is the biggest mountain race event in the world, with roughly 4,500 runners participating in the different races (the marathon programme encompasses the full range: ultra (K78), marathon (K42, C42), three-quarter (K31), half (K21, Nordic Walking) and quarter (K11). The event also includes a Mini Race for "new blood" this evening).