MARIA ALM - The spectacular “Hochkonigman”, the traditional “Kumpellauf”, the “Hochkonig Trail Running Camp”, and the “Trail Trips” - trail running weekend. The idyllic mountain villages of Maria Alm, Dienten and Muhlbach become a real “summit of sensations” for trail runners.
The next day, or rather more specifically the next night, is “then end to having fun”, and the time when the endurance racers start off equipped with head torches and carbohydrate gels under the starlit sky with an unimaginable task ahead of them: 85.1 km and 5753 vertical metres need to be conquered by the hardest of trail runners, with unbelievable stamina. The Marathon Race (covering a distance of 47.4km and 3156 vertical metres) is also nothing to be sniffed at. The Speed Trail might have a name that makes it sound short and punchy, but even this shortest distance race requires the runners to cover 23.3 km and 1599 vertical metres. The sweat-inducing vertical metres in all of the races are rewarded with fantastic views.
The 2016 Hochkonigman again forms part of the Austrian Trail Running Cup, and as such is part of the largest trail running series in Europe. The Marathon Race also forms part of the Austrian Championships in trail running and the national champions are selected.
There is a continual programme of events to accompany the impressive achievements of the athletes, with an expo area, side events, and a finishers’ party right by the finish line, greeting the athletes with suitable musical acclamation as they run in.