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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

A new record number of participants motivates the organizers even more

Bolzano, 25 July 2019 - Over 850 extreme athletes from 27 countries have registered for one of the four distances of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace 2019 this weekend. Already before the sound of the start gun of the longest distance (121 km/7554 m elevation) on Friday, 26 July at 8:00 pm on Piazza Walther in Bolzano, Chair of the Organising Committee, Josef Günther Mair, has thus achieved his first success. The other three races along the horseshoe shaped Hufeisen tour in the Sarntal Alps start early on Saturday morning.

With local athlete Peter Kienzl from Avelengo, Matthias Dippacher from Germany, Gerald “Sancho” Fister from Austria and Oliviero Bosatelli from Bergamo (Italy), four top athletes have registered for the longest and most difficult race in the renowned South Tyrolean extreme sports event. As if that was not enough, Jimmy Pellegrini from Laghetti also decided on Tuesday to take part in the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace. “We can only repeat - this year’s race is set to become one of the most exciting in the history of our extreme sports event. We look forward to seeing if Daniel Jung’s track record of 17:34.37 hours can be broken. In the women’s category two very strong athletes will be at the start: Denise Zimmermann from Switzerland and Ildiko Wermescher from Hungary. The two will be challenged by local Sarentino athlete Regina Spiess, who will start in the longest distance for the first time, having won over 69 kilometres last year”, chair of the Organising Committee Josef Günther Mair explained.

The other three races will start on Saturday morning (27 July). At 7:00 am the runners in the Südtirol Skyrace (69 km/3930 m elevation) will take to the track. Half an hour later, at 7:30 am, the “Marathonians” will set of for the Südtirol Sky Marathon (42,2 km/2863m elevation). Both distances start at the Bolzano Prati del Talvera. At 9:00 am the athletes who registered for the Südtirol Sky Trail (27 km/1067 elevation) will set off from Piazza Chiesa in Sarentino. These distances, too, include several top athletes, especially the marathon. An exciting three way battle between Andreas Reiterer and Hannes Perkmann from South Tyrol and Daniel Rohringer from Austria could be under way. In the women’s category, all eyes will be on last year’s winner Edeltraud Thaler from Lana.


The winner of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace 2019 is expected to run across the finishing line around 1:30 pm.

The first arrivals at the finish are expected for 11:00 am on Saturday, 27 July: The marathon runners will arrive in Sarentino, the winners of the Sky Trail in Bolzano. Shortly after lunchtime, at around 1:30 pm, the winners of the 121 kilometres long original distance and of the Skyrace (69 km) are expected to arrive on Prati del Talvera.

The athletes, those who accompany them, and the many expected spectators, can look forward to a varied supporting programme. At the weekend visitors to the start and finish area on Prati del Talvera will be looked after by the volunteers from the SC Neugries. In Sarentino, guests will be cared for by the teams of the “Gasthof Post” and “e11lfar”. DJs provide the appropriate musical entertainment and well-known presenters Josef Platter and Thomas Vonmetz help to create a lively atmosphere.


The preparations are now completed

“The intense preparation phase is now nearly completed. Our team has done everything in its power to ensure the event is as perfect as possible. We now hope for good weather - and that as many people as possible follow the races in Bolzano and Sarentino and also in the mountains. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who contributed to the success of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace - our partners, our sponsors, and our hundreds of volunteers. Without their support this running spectacle would not be possible”, chair of the Organising Committee Mair concluded.

All who are unable to travel to the races can follow the results live on the Datasport website https://www.datasport.com/live/ranking/?racenr=21851.

The Südtirol Ultra Skyrace is organised by the amateur sporting association of the same name. The organising committee is supported by partners Sportler, Dynafit and Raiffeisen.  

Photo: Harald Wisthaler

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