Posted by: tschaegger | 29. August 2009

TRANSALPINE-RUN 2009 starts in Oberstdorf

The first Stage starts in Oberstdorf and it ends in Latsch (italy)



Five years of GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run
Small jubilee on origin route

How time flies! Five years ago, the idea was born to organise a stage race across the Alps which finally was tackled by almost 100 teams in 2005. In 2009, the first small jubilee of the GORE-TEX® Transalpine-Run, which already enjoys a cult status reputation in the running scene despite its short time of existence, is on the agenda. Next autumn, the fifth anniversary will be celebrated on the Western route from Oberstdorf (GER) to Latsch (ITA) from September 5th to 12th.

The prestige of this hard-running challenge retracing Hannibal’s footsteps mainly bases on two facts: for one thing, the routing with its almost 240 kilometres in distance and about 14,000 metres of elevation gain to be covered in seven stages and one mountain sprint speaks volumes. For another thing, the attendance figures were consistently going up since the debut of the run from Germany to Italy across the Alpine divide. In September 2005, 93 teams of two were ready for this first; one year later 111 pairings had trained hard in order to manage this exhausting running event. 41 more teams entered the third edition last year before the 2008 Transalpine-Run, which was held for the first time on the Eastern route from Ruhpolding (GER) to Sexten (ITA), narrowly missed the “sold-out” status. 241 of possible 250 pairings had applied to start.

All 2009 participants can once again look forward to facing a challenging route, which will lead in eight stages from Germany through Austria and Switzerland down to South Tyrol, Italy
Start in teams of two
Oberstdorf (GER) – Lech am Arlberg (AUT)
4 Categories
Lech am Arlberg (AUT) – St. Anton (AUT)
8 Days
St. Anton (AUT) – Galtür (AUT)
8 Stages over the Alps
Galtür (AUT) – Scuol (SUI)
8 Stage Towns
Bergsprint Scuol (SUI)
4 Countries
Scuol (SUI) – Mals im Vinschgau (ITA)
ca. 240 KM horizontal distance
Mals – Schlanders im Vinschgau (ITA)
ca. 14000 meters climb
Schlanders – Latsch im Vinschgau (ITA)


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