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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

New record of participants in the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace

Bolzano, 26 July 2018 - As of midnight, when registrations close, it is official: with 806 participants from 35 different countries, there have never been so many athletes at the starting line of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace as there are at the 6th edition. This record is exciting the organisers, who once again worked hard to guarantee a serene experience for this extreme running challenge in the mountains, on the “Hufeisentour” high route, in the Sarentine Alps.

For months, the 806 athletes coming from all over the world have been preparing for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace. This weekend, it’s time for the challenge, which for the 220 participants that will take on the original route (121 km/7554 m cumulative elevation gain), already begins on Friday. The starting signal for the sixth edition of the South Tyrol Ultra Skyrace will be given at 8 pm in Piazza Walther, Bolzano’s “living room”. On the longer distance, experts expect a four-way challenge between athletes Alexander Rabensteiner and Jimmy Pellegrini from South Tyrol, swiss athlete Walter Manser and German athlete Matthias Dippacher, the favourites in the men’s category. Even Jens Kramer, from Steinegg, who is participating in the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace for the fifth time, may manage to find his way into the leading group. Last year’s winner, local athlete Maria Kemenater, is the favourite among the women. Challengers will likely be Ildiko Wermescher, a Hungarian athlete based in Germany, Karin Brogger, from Denmark, and Lorenza Bortoluzzi, from Trentino. A last minute entry is Irene Senfter, another strong runner from South Tyrol.

On Saturday morning, on the other hand, the adventure begins from Prati di Talvera in Bolzano for the participants in the Südtirol Skyrace (at 7 am), and in the Südtirol Sky Marathon (7:30 am). Athletes competing in the Südtirol Sky Trail, who will begin from Piazza della Chiesa in Sarentino, will have to wait until 9 am before they can get going. Even in the three “shorter” distances, there are several leading athletes like Johannes Klein (Germany), Stefan Tschurtschenthaler (South Tyrol), Marie Ann Mcnaughton (Hong Kong), and the local heroine Regina Speiss (South Tyrol), who will participate in the Skyrace. The first favourite for the Südtirol Sky Marathon is Andreas Reiterer, who will contend the title with his local colleagues Hansrudi Brugger and Alex Stuffer. Birgit Klammer from Val Gardena is among the favourites in the women’s category. The new Südtirol Sky Trail will be led by Gertraud Höllrigl from Merano, but living in Switzerland, Kathrin Rohleder, a German athlete, and Dominik Egger, from Austria.

“We can’t wait to watch these exciting competitions, and we are keeping our fingers crossed for all participants. Anyone who accepts the challenge is a winner. Our greatest wish is for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace to finish without injuries. Safety is our foremost priority. Also contributing to guarantee this safety will be 80 volunteers of the Alpine rescue service, and of the CNSAS, present throughout the route, who will be in contact around the clock with the competition Directors in Bolzano”, explained the chief of the Organising Committee, Josef Günther Mair.

The winner of the 2018 Südtirol Ultra Skyrace will arrive at the finish line sometime around 1:30 pm.

The first arrivals are expected already at 11 am: the athletes in the Südtirol Sky Marathon will finish their race in Sarentino, while participants in the Südtirol Sky Trail will arrive at Bolzano. Just after midday, sometime around 1:30 pm, the winners of the original 121 kilometre race and of the Sjyrace (69 km) will be expected at Prati di Talvera.

The athletes, those accompanying them, and the numerous spectators expected cannot wait to participate in the varied program of parallel events. On Friday evening, starting at around 7 pm in the starting area of Piazza Walther in Bolzano, and during the weekend in the start/finish area of Prati di Talvera, volunteers of the SC Neugries sports association will “take care” of all visitors. Even in Sarentino, guests will be entertained by the players of the Sarentino football club, and by the “Gasthof Post” team. DJ Marlon and DJ Daniel Mojito will see to the musical accompaniment, while speakers Josef Platter and Thomas Vonmetz will create the right atmosphere.

Preparations are over

“The last weeks and months have been very intense. We have done everything in our power for this extreme mountain race to be a perfect success. Now, we can only hope for good weather and that the races are followed by a large audience in both Bolzano and Sarentino, and naturally throughout the route in the mountains. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to the success of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace. Without them, we would never have been able to put this great event together”, said Mair, the chief of the organising committee.

On the photo from left: Josef Günther Mair, Jakob Oberrauch and Edi Stauder (Wisthaler)

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