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Clear the stage for the South Tyrol Ultrarace. © www.wisthaler.com - Harald Wisthaler

Anniversary: ​​Great anticipation for the South Tyrol Ultrarace

It seems like it was yesterday that the starting signal for the South Tyrol Ultrarace sounded for the first time. But the premiere of the extreme mountain run along the Horseshoe Tour in the Sarntal Alps was ten years ago. The anniversary edition will take place this Saturday, August 26th.

The organizers around OK President Josef Günther Mair are extremely excited about the first round anniversary. “Almost everything is ready. We are currently making the final preparations, but everything is going smoothly and according to our plans. The focus on Saturday is of course on the three races in total, but as soon as the last finishers have crossed the finish line, we will of course toast these first ten years of the Südtirol Ultrarace at the award ceremony at the Sarnthein sports field,” explains Mair.

Almost 500 enthusiastic trail runners from all parts of the world have registered for the 10th South Tyrol Ultrarace this Saturday, August 26th. The first athletes will be sent onto the track from 6.30:63 a.m. These are the extreme athletes who are taking part in the South Tyrol Ultrarace 3550K with an altitude of XNUMX meters - this year with a new route on the last third of the race.

On the 63 km route: New section on the descent to Sarnthein

First of all, the mountain athletes are on familiar terrain. From Waltherplatz it goes a whopping 2000 meters in one go up to the Rittner Horn, further to the Sarner Scharte and down to the Stöfflhütte, before the descent towards the finish in Sarnthein begins after the Latzfonser Kreuz. This section is new, because over the Getrum Alm you continue on wide forest paths below the Villandro mountain to Reinegg Castle and, in the last few kilometers, to the main town of Sarnen. The top favorite among men is Georg Piazza from Val Gardena - he won last year on the royal distance of 119 kilometers with 7850 meters of altitude, which was canceled this year - while Francesca Crippa, winner of the Adamello Ultratrail 2022, is the hunted among women.

Start is on Saturday. © www.wisthaler.com - Harald Wisthaler

When the clock strikes 7.30 a.m. on Waltherplatz, those participants who complete the (slightly longer) marathon distance of 45 kilometers and 2750 meters in altitude are allowed to take part. Here, Luca Pescolldung from Val Badia is the most highly prized starter, who won the 28 km distance two years ago. In the women's category, Edeltraud Thaler from Lana is aiming for her fifth (!) victory in a row. Thaler also holds the course record of 5:07.50 hours, which for men is 3:58.05 hours and was set by Sarnen local hero Hannes Perkmann.

Last start – but first to the finish

Half an hour after the “Marathonis” the last starting shot of the day is given: for the participants in the South Tyrol Ultrarace 28K with an altitude of 1880 meters. The shortest route is particularly suitable for trail beginners. However, top favorite Lukas Mangger, who took second place at the Ratschings Sky Trail this year and also crossed the finish line in second place at the Rosengarten Schlern Sky Marathon, is anything but a beginner. For the women, all eyes are on Irene Senfter, who has also triumphed once over the long royal distance of 119 kilometers, in 2016. The men's course record is 2:24.40 hours (achieved by Luca Pescolldungg); Among the women, Justine Jendro from Germany was the fastest so far in 2:54.55.

The award ceremony at the Sarnthein sports field was set for 20 p.m., with live music continuing immediately afterwards. After all, ten years of the South Tyrol Ultrarace should be celebrated extensively.

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