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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

With Peter Kienzl there is also a South Tyrolean top runner at the start

Bolzano, 16 July 2019 - The Südtirol Ultra Skyrace 2019, which will take place from Friday, 26 to Sunday, 28 July, promises to be an extreme sports event of superlatives. Since its debut in 2013, the 121-kilometre-long extreme mountain run with an elevation gain of 7554 metres along the horseshoe shaped Hufeisen tour in the Sarntal Alps has probably never before seen as many top athletes as this year. With Peter Kienzl from Avelengo and Matthias Dippacher from Germany, Chair of the Organising Committee Josef Günther Mair proudly presents two more top athletes just ten days before the event. In the women’s category two top athletes, Denise Zimmermann from Switzerland and Ildiko Wermescher from Hungary, who lives in Germany, also recently registered. 

The Südtirol Ultra Skyrace has been held six times to date. And six times a South Tyrolean extreme mountain runner was the first to cross the finish line on the Bolzano Prati del Talvera after a 121 kilometres run with an elevation gain of 7554 metres. Alexander Rabensteiner from Chiusa achieved four wins to date, Daniel Jung from Naturno won twice and holds the current track record of 17:34.37 hours. Now Peter Kienzl from Avelengo wants to be the third South Tyrolean local athlete to win the renowned event on Hufeisen tour, where he already achieved two second places (2014 and 2016) and a third place (2015).

"My goal is to complete the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace in less than 18 hours. We will see what place I could reach with that. I’m currently in good form and I just recently won the Ortles Sky Trail. But the competition is extremely strong this year”, Peter Kienzl explained a week and a half before the start gun will be fired on Friday, 26 July at 8:00 pm on Piazza Walther in Bolzano.

That includes competitors like Matthias Dippacher. The German runner has also started in the Hufeisen tour twice previously. Last year, the 42-year old from Oy-Mittelberg finished in third place behind Alexander Rabensteiner and Walter Manser from Switzerland. At the first edition in 2014, Dippacher finished second behind Rabensteiner. But this is not all. Austrian Gerald “Sancho” Fister will start in the Hufeisen tour for the first time; Italian Oliviero Bosatelli from Bergamo is also a strong contender. And it is also always possible that a surprise winner emerges on the day.  

Zimmermann is the one to beat

In the women’s category athletes’ manager Thomas Stricker was able to entice Denise Zimmermann from Switzerland to the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace 2019. Only recently, the 43-year old from Wangs came second in the Stubai Ultratrail, after she had already won this year’s Scenic Trail. Zimmermann’s biggest successes include victories in the Swissalpine Irontrail in Davos (2018) and in the Swiss Irontrail (2017).

Ildiko Wermescher also seems to have gotten a taste for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace. The 54 year old Hungarian, who lives in Germany in Landsberg am Lech, finished in second place last year behind track record holder Anna Pedevilla (20:51.45 hours). This year, she wants to test herself again in this South Tyrolean classic. Past winners of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace also include Annemarie Gross (Merano/3 times), Irene Senfter (Lana) Maria Kemenater from Sarentino.    

“We might see the most exciting race in the history of the Hufeisen tour this year - the list of top favourites is almost endless. We are delighted to be able to welcome so many renowned athletes to our extreme mountain run. Interest in the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace remains strong. In terms of registrations, we have grown by 5% compared with last year. If this trend continues, a new record could be possible”, Chair of the Organising Committee Josef Günther Mair stated. There is no time to lose, however, because registrations close on Wednesday, 17 July at 11:59 pm.   

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