Grainau (GER) – Germany’s biggest trail running event, the SALOMON Zugspitz Ultratrail powered by LEDLENSER, is set to take things up to the next level at its 7th edition to be held between 16 and 18 June 2017. A total of 2,347 athletes from 49 countries have already registered to take on the legendary trails around the peaks of the Zugspitz Massif and das Wetterstein Mountains. Never in the history of the SALOMON Zugspitz Ultratrail powered by LEDLENSER, which started out in 2011 with 700 runners from 25 nations, has the field been as large and diverse.
As in the previous year there will once again be five categories starting in five different locations and all ending in the village of Grainau. The sporting highlight will be the 100km Ultratrail (5,412 vertical metres, start 07:15 in Grainau) with Thomas Farbmacher as defending champion. A total of 509 runners have signed up for this toughest of challenges. 188 trail runners will be taking on the Supertrail XL (81.4 kilometres and 4,131 vertical metres) starting at 08:00 in Ehrwald, Austria. For the first time the German Championships DUV in the category “Trail” will be held over this distance in 2017. The Supertrail (62.8 kilometres and 2,923 vertical metres) is a distance which is becoming ever more popular. This year will see 433 athletes take to the start in Leutasch-Weidach at 09:00. However, the favourite distance remains the 39.3km Basetrail XL with 1,896 vertical metres of ascent – 595 runners have signed up for this category starting at 10:00 in Mittenwald. The second-most popular distance is the Basetrail (24.9km and 1,595 vertical metres) with 557 athletes opting for this short but tough distance which begins at 10:30 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.