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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

Südtirol Ultra Skyrace: New route shall introduce athletes to trail running

Bolzano, 6 September 2017 – The 6th edition of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace (27 to 29 July 2018) will see a major change. In addition to the original distance (121 km/7554 m altitude differential), the Südtirol Skyrace (69 km/3930 m altitude differential) and the Südtirol Sky Marathon (42.2/2863) there will also be a fourth distance. With 27 kilometres and an elevation of 1067 m, it is the ideal route for all athletes wanting to try out trail running. 

The start of the Südtirol Sky Trail, as the new route will be known, is in Sarentino village centre. After a climb to Auener Joch pass and the Omini di Sasso the route returns via Salto and San Genesio back to the finish at the Prati del Talvera in Bolzano. “The new route is easy in terms of technical difficulty. Most of the 1067 m altitude differential are run during the first kilometres when the participants are not yet getting tired. As soon as they have reached the high plateau the race continues relatively flat across Salto and to San Genesio. There, a juicy descent via Rafenstein to Bolzano awaits the trail runners”, explains Josef Günther Mair, Chair of the Organising Committee of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace.

With this fourth distance that will be added to the programme of the 6th Südtirol Ultra Skyrace from 27 to 29 July 2018, the offer is complete. Now mountain running in the Sarntal Alps offers something for every taste. “Beginners gain their first experience in trail running on the new 27 kilometres long route. In the following years they can move on to the marathon distance, then the 69 km long Skyrace and finally to the 121 km of the Ultra race, the most difficult and longest run. The technical difficulties also increase from distance to distance. I am particularly pleased that there will be a start in Sarentino in 2018. It stresses the importance of Sarentino for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace. The atmosphere in the village centre is always fantastic”, Mair said with a smile.

Südtiroler Sporthilfe becomes a Südtirol Ultra Skyrace partner

The Südtiroler Sporthilfe will become a partner of the Südtirol Sky Trail. For each participant in the new short distance the organisers will donate 10 Euro to the sports aid organisation. “We would like to support our local sports aid that plays such an important role in supporting young athletes. I hope that this factor will be another reason for registering for the Südtirol Sky Trail. And maybe one or the other athletes supported by the Sporthilfe will see this as encouragement to give trail running a go”, said Josef Günther Mair.

Regarding registrations: Registrations for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace 2018 have been open via the Datasport website since 1 September. Until 31 December registration for the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace costs 130 Euro. Participation in the Südtirol Skyrace cost 80 Euro and in the Südtirol Sky Marathon 50 Euro and  the Südtirol Sky Trail 35 Euro. 

On the photo: Heiner Oberrauch (Sportler), Andreas Hofer (Raffeisenkasse Sarntal), Giovanni Podini (president Südtiroler Sporthilfe Alto Adige) and Josef Günther Mair (president OC Südtirol Ultra Skyrace)

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