4 Extreme sports

Philipp Ausserhofer and Daniel Jung won. © Verena Ilmer

2 South Tyrolean extreme athletes are causing a sensation

Philipp Ausserhofer and Daniel Jung are among the best extreme athletes in South Tyrol. The two recently attracted attention in Wales.

After 103 kilometers and 6400 meters in altitude, the Ahrntaler crossed the finish line in Llanberis in the Snowdonia National Park together with his Vinschger friend and mentor in a new record time of 12:41:20 hours.

The duo was able to clearly beat the winning time of the Swiss Jean-Philippe Tschumi at the Ultra Trail Snowdonia Eryri by UTMB from last year (13:27) by 46 minutes last weekend. In unusually warm and surprisingly dry conditions on the 103 km loop across the impressive landscape of Snowdonia National Park with the 1085m high Snowdon as the highest point, Ausserhofer from Stubai reached the next level in his young career with this achievement.

A duel between friends

The 31-year-old already proved that he is on the heels of his friend Jung last summer when he took the record on the Stubaier Höhenweg from the experienced Jung. In competition, however, the Vinschger has always been ahead.

“Daniel and I were able to break away from the four-man leading group after almost half of the race and from then on we pushed hard and fought until the end. Ultimately we were able to cross the finish line together with a new record time. A special moment for me, as Daniel has been an important support to me as a mentor and friend over the last few years. In the end, friendship won. We are very happy for and with each other,” says Ausserhofer, scattering flowers for this extraordinary camaraderie.

Course record pulverized

“Philipp and I had a tough match until the very last climb. In the end, our friendship won out and we decided to celebrate the victory together,” said Jung after crossing the finish line in Llanberis, North Wales. “Simply brilliant and I’m super proud of our performance as we improved the course record by a whole 46 minutes.”

For the trained pharmacist Ausserhofer, who won only the second ultra marathon of his career in 2020 by winning the Innsbruck Trail Run Festival, his first endurance test in preparation for the season highlight, the UTMB in Chamonix on August 30th, was a complete success .

“I deliberately chose the race because it is considered one of the most technically demanding races in the UTMB World Series. The route absolutely lives up to this reputation. “This race through the wild Snowdonia National Park was the most difficult thing I have ever run,” says Ausserhofer, who lives in Telfes, describing his findings from Wales. “I took another big step forward in my running over the winter and the increasing competition experience is probably the best preparation for the UTMB around Mont Blanc. I’m looking forward to what’s to come, but first I need to recharge my batteries, process my emotions and impressions and, for once, put my feet up for a few days.”

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