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The Ratschings Mountain Trails are very popular. © RMT

Ratschings Mountain Trails in June for the fourth time

Since the first edition in 2021, the Ratschings Mountain Trails have continued to enjoy greater popularity year after year. If the organizers have their way, things will continue in this way in 2024, which has just begun: On Sunday, June 16th, the panoramic mountain run in the Ratschings Jaufen ski and hiking area will be held for the fourth time. No major innovations are planned; the OK team around President Hanspeter Schölzhorn is sticking to the tried and tested.

The number of participants in the three different competitions on the Ratschings Mountain Trails has leveled off at the 500 mark in recent years. In addition, Schölzhorn's team receives a lot of positive feedback every year. “Not only runners from the region know and appreciate our event, but more and more participants from abroad are now also coming to us. And because everyone loves coming back, we look forward to hosting the trails every year,” says Hanspeter Schölzhorn, the OC president of the renowned South Tyrolean trails.

That's why there's no big news on the agenda for the fourth edition. Once again, participants can choose between three distances. Firstly, the Ratschings Sky Trail, which, with a distance of 27 kilometers and an altitude of no less than 1610 meters, represents a real challenge - even for trail specialists. Then there is the classic, the Ratschings Mountain Trail with a length of 17,7 kilometers and 950 meters in altitude. This can also be completed in a relay of two, with the start runner having to tackle eight kilometers and the final runner having to tackle 9,7 kilometers. In addition to the mountain runs for the “big ones”, the Ratschings Mini Trail is also offered, in which children and young people up to the age of 17 can compete on six different distances.

No route changes and registrations open

When it comes to the route, the organizers have also stuck to the tried and tested. All participants start at the valley station of the Ratschings-Jaufen ski and hiking area and tackle the Klammalm from there. The sky trailers then continue towards the Kreuzspitze, where exposed areas and technically demanding passages also have to be overcome. “Surefootedness and a head for heights are basic requirements here, but also on the Mountain Trail, in order to be able to take part,” emphasizes Schözhorn.

The SkyTrail then runs over the Fleckner to the Rinner Sattl, then over the Jaufenpass and finally near the Rinneralm on the reservoir towards the destination. For the mountain trail participants, however, after the Klammalm they go across the hiking trail of the Ratschingser Almen hike to the Saxnerhütte and then to the finish next to the Rinneralm. The same applies, of course, to the two-man relay, where the changeover takes place after eight kilometers.

Registrations have already been opened for all distances. The first deadline is February 28th, when 52 euros would be due for the Sky Trail, 38 euros for the Mountain Trail and 32 euros each for the relay runners. From March 1st, the price will increase by 11 euros for each distance. As always, this includes a comprehensive starting package, a “finisher medal”, use of the supply points along the route, catering at the finish, a beer at the finish, lunch with a drink, parking at the valley station, a shower in the finish area, transport of clothes to the finish area and the Return to the valley with the cable car.

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