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The Seiser Alm Half Marathon will start soon.

Seiser Alm Half Marathon is just around the corner

Everything is set for one of the most scenic half marathons in the world: This Sunday, July 7th, 700 participants will explore the magical landscape on the Seiser Alm after the starting shot at 9 a.m. Numerous top South Tyrolean athletes will also be in action on Europe's largest high alpine pasture, battling for the day's victory.

The Seiser Alm Half Marathon is being held for the 11th time this year. For years, the organizers from LG Schlern and Seiser Alm Marketing have managed to sell all 700 starting places early. But the popular running event in the heart of the Dolomites has never been sold out as early as this year - since mid-April. The enthusiasm for the 21,1-kilometer run with an elevation gain of 601 meters is unbroken.

This year, too, there are some top-class runners among the countless amateur runners, especially from the local running scene. For example, 27-year-old Greta Haselrieder from Bruneck, last year's runner-up and 2022 winner, will be taking part, and will be challenged by Lena Zingerle from Mühlbach, who is four years younger. Haselrieder completed the mountain half marathon last year with a time of 1:34.11 hours.

Will Ploner, Jbari or Rungger celebrate – or will it be an outsider?

In the men's race, Markus Ploner from Sterzing, Khalid Jbari from Bolzano and Hannes Rungger from Sarnen are at the start - the athletes who took positions two to four in the Seiser Alm Half Marathon last year behind winner Michael Hofer. This trio has left its mark on the renowned event in the recent past (since 2017). Jbari has two victories to his name (2022 and 2018), while Ploner also finished second in 2021, 2019 and 2018. Rungger has also won the Seiser Alm Half Marathon several times.

"We are ready. The preparations are largely complete, now it's just a matter of the details. The anticipation is already palpable everywhere - among the participants, the many volunteers, our sponsors. Now we hope for fairly stable weather, which is of course extremely important for an open-air event like ours," explain the organizers from LG Schlern and Seiser Alm Marketing.

Running for charity

The Charity Run 2024, which will take place as part of the Seiser Alm Half Marathon, will support the organization "Free to Run - Empowerment through running". The sponsor of Free to Run in South Tyrol is the well-known extreme marathon runner Manfred Mussner, who writes about his experiences at marathons in the most dangerous countries in the world in his book "The Secret Marathon". He will also be at the start on Sunday, July 7th.

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