For some the race over the Alps will be an once-in-a-lifetime adventure, for others it's a great athletic challenge, a sort of Tour de France for trail runners. Most of the runners cherish the social component of running in two-person teams that build a strong bond over the seven days of the run. The race starts in the German town Fischen in the Allgäu on September 3rd and concludes on September 9th in the Italian village of Solda in the Ortler Mountains. The distance in-between is a total of 263.7 kilometres with a total ascent of 15,463 meters, and there will naturally be plenty of sweat and tears to go around from the participants of the 300 international teams who will attempt to rise to the challenge of taking on the newly improved west route, which includes spectacular new features.
Fischen im Allgäu (GER) - To reduce the GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run to its extraordinary facts and figures would not do the race justice by any means. The 13th edition of this unique and now-legendary Trail Run for teams of two over the Alps is so much more than a collection of numbers. "The fantastic landscape paired with the spirit of camaraderie amongst the runners move me to tears every time and it shows me every year again why the GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run is more than just a race – it's truly an unforgettable life experience,!" says Anette Hanssume, Marketing & PR GORE-TEX® products.
It's an adventure and an extreme physical challenge that attracts runners from all corners of the world. The star feature, obviously, is the course itself, which will be the west route again in 2017 with a number of breathtaking new features included. The 13th edition starts on September 3rd in Fischen in Allgäu. From there the course meanders over the Allgäu Alps across the Austrian border into the Alps of the Lech Valley before the runners spend the night in the towns of Lech and St. Anton at the Arlberg. From there the trail goes on to Landeck and across the Swiss border to Samnaun and Scuol. On the sixth of seven stages, the route takes the participants for the first time to Prad at the Stelvio Pass in Italy. The seventh and last stage finishes in Sulda at foot of "king Ortler".