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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

Südtirol Sky Marathon: Andreas Reiterer challenges Perkmann and Rohringer

Bolzano, 23 July 2019 - It’s not only the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace (121 km/7554 elevation gain) that boasts a strong field of participants this year. At the Südtirol Sky Marathon this weekend starters will include Andreas Reiterer.  The 26-year-old from Avelengo triumphed in 2016 over the 42.2-kilometre distance with 2863 metres elevation gain and set a track record of 4:01.41 hours, which is still current today.    

A best time that is unbeaten three years later. Although the Austrian Daniel Rohringer won the 2017 and 2018 editions in 4:14 hours, he clearly missed Reiterer’s record. "My goal in the Südtirol Sky Marathon is to break the 4-hour mark at some point. Whether that will happen this year remains to be seen. I very much look forward to this race”, Reiterer said. He recently won the 10th edition of the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon.

At the Südtirol Sky Marathon on Saturday 27 July, Andreas Reiterer will face strong competition. In addition to two-times winner Rohringer, Hannes Perkmann from Sarentino will also be at the start. Reiterer and Perkmann are among one of the strongest current trail and mountain runners in Italy. "Hannes is certainly very strong on the uphill passages. Downhill running has always been one of his weaknesses, but I've heard that he has invested a lot of training to eradicate it. I'm looking forward to a certainly extremely exciting duel with him," Reiterer continued.

There are also strong participants in the women’s category. Defending champion Edeltraud Thaler from Lana aims to repeat last year's victory - and break the track record which the Grand Dame of the South Tyrolean running scene just missed by four and a half minutes in 2018. Thaler’s strongest opponents are Anna Clipet, last year's winner of the Hochkönigmann, the partner event of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace, and local athlete Maria Kemenater, in 2017 winner of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace and one year before of the 69 km long Skyrace. 

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