4 Extreme sports

Henry Hofer secured victory among the men. © Harald Wisthaler

The people of Sarn cannot be bent during the Ultrarace

The anniversary edition of the extreme mountain run along the Horseshoe Tour in the Sarntal Alps took place on Saturday. On the most demanding route this time, with a length of 63 kilometers and 3550 meters in altitude, there were two winners from the Sarntal, Henry Hofer and Regina Spieß.

Almost 500 athletes from all over the world took part in this year's South Tyrol Ultrarase. Waltherplatz in Bolzano was the starting area on Saturday morning. At 6.30:63 a.m. the trail runners who had registered for the longest distance - 3550 km with 2022 meters of altitude - set out on the route. Practically from the start, a three-way battle developed among the men, involving top favorite Georg Piazza from Val Gardena - he had won the 119 kilometers in XNUMX, which, however, was not held this year - as well as Marco De Salvador from Bolzano and local hero Henry Hofer from Reinswald .

The trio initially alternated at the front until Hofer finally took the lead on the section from Rittner Horn to Latzfonser Kreuz. In the end, Hofer won with a time of 6:24.38 hours. De Salvador took second place, 2.52 minutes behind, while Martin Psenner completed the podium in third. The Völser, who has called Sarnthein home for many years, also stayed under the 6-hour mark in 54.53:7. Piazza, however, had to give up the race early.

Regina Spieß's third prank

For women, Regina Spieß was once again the measure of all things. The 50-year-old from Sarnen covered the 63 kilometers with 3550 meters of altitude in 8:20.23 hours and celebrated a start-to-finish victory. Last year, Spieß outstripped the entire competition on the 119 kilometers, but in 2018 she had already won once on the second-longest route. Second place this year went to France, namely Maud Combarieu (+33.15), while Trentino's Irene Zamboni (+35.12) completed the podium.

Regina Spieß was the measure of all things for women. © Harald Wisthaler

The second longest distance this year was over 45 kilometers with an elevation gain of 2750 meters. There was an extremely exciting duel between Andreas Innerebner (Durnholz) and Luca Pescolldungg (Stern im Badia), in which Innerebner had the better end and was able to take revenge on Pescolldungg, who had beaten him on the 2021 km route in 28 . For the Sarner, who was victorious for the first time after two podium results, the stopwatch stopped after 4:23.20 hours. Afinger Arnold Hiller came in third with a time of 4:35.54.

A British success was recorded in the women's marathon course. Louise Mitchell from Cornwall caught up with series winner Edeltraud Thaler from Lana a few hundred meters from the finish, passed her and triumphed in 5:32.21 hours, 16 seconds ahead of the grand dame of South Tyrolean running. After the long climb up to the Rittner Horn, Thaler was still 12 minutes ahead of the young Brit (born in 2002), but she turned on the turbo especially on the descent and prevented the South Tyrolean from achieving her fifth victory. Third place went to the German Inga van Buren from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, who beat the 5-hour mark in 52.24:6 hours.

Mangger and Zaltron win on the shortest route

On the third route with a length of 28 kilometers and 1880 meters in altitude, Lukas Mangger from Ratschings was convincing, winning in 2:33.36 hours and leaving his teammate from the Freienfeld running club Patrick Ramoser behind with a lead of five minutes. Fabian Pichler from Mölten was happy about third place. His time: 2:48.57 hours. In the women's race, victory on the “shortest” route went to an athlete from Vicenza. Giulia Zaltron relegated the German Verena Bachmayer and Irene Senfter from Lana to the places of honor. Zaltron recorded a time of 3:09.14. The 26-year-old was around eight minutes faster than Bachmayer and even beat Senfter - she won on the 2016 km route in 119 - by 18 minutes.

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