Winning isn’t everything, or is it? The Trailscout teams competing in the Transalpine-Run all wanted to reach the last finish line in Brixen, yet only one team could win. Sebastian Huber summarised the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2016 from the point of view of the different teams and our tireless cameraman Vale Rapp accompanied every team on at least one stage.
TEAM GORE RUNNING WEAR® / Mammut
In the run-up to the event, Daniel Jung and Helmut Schiessl reckoned they would have a good shot at an overall win. And that’s exactly where they landed after stage 3: first place in the overall rankings. They won on three consecutive days (stages 4, 5, 6) and despite placing second on the last day, nobody could take their victory away from them. The team from South Tyrol and the Allgäu made it: GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run Champions 2016, our heartfelt congratulations! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWVC3ARaXtE[/embed] [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJn-rEIOtMA[/embed]
TEAM CAMPER – GORE-TEX FOOTWEAR
Sito and Toni from Mallorca proved that nobody needs to have the highest mountains right on one’s doorstep to achieve incredible results when running across the Alps! Landing a place in the top 50 out of a good 300 teams, the Spaniards conquered the high Alpine passes with blisters on the feet, but kept well below 40 hours! And Sito’s plan of running faster than the running duo of Jürgen Kurapkat & Patric Gördes was also successful. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-P2XhGvgxs[/embed]
Marie’s fourth time at the Transalpine-Run was also her first time competing with husband Flo. A well-oiled machine both privately and on the field, succeeding in communicating with just one look, the Trailtänzer team fought with all they had right up to Brixen – even though you could sometimes feel the tension thrumming in the air between the two. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=avd-1nA4vtM[/embed]
GORE-TEX ATHLETE GREG HILL
Greg seems to be unstoppable: an intercontinental flight, jetlag, meetings at the GORE HQ, a long journey to the Pitztal valley and a previous commitment – holding a presentation in Sölden – did not stop him from taking a dip in the Transalpine-Run world on day four. He’s an old hand, as it were, at trails with high elevation gains so it’s hardly surprising he registered an impressive time from Pitztal to Sölden. He could very well compete in 2018, so we’re hoping he does! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDPPvYc8ACQ[/embed]
TEAM ARC’TERYX GORE-TEX FOOTWEAR
Ultra-light, technical, and well-designed: these are the features Stephen wants to have for his equipment. As developer at Arc’teryx he seamlessly united sport, passion, and work during the run! And he also managed to cross the Alps together with wife Katrina, to boot! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmeSwR9h0Gc[/embed]
TEAM SPORT KESSLER Mammut / Salomon Trailrunning
Is the run just for young bucks? Not at all! Seppi Neuhauser and Dodo Philipp always placed on the podium in their category for every one of the 7 stages! They placed eighth in the overall rankings after Seppi’s 10th and Dodo’s 9th GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run – and second in their category –, so we’ll have to keep an eye out for those two! [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szp8PACzVgU[/embed] Thanks to all participants! We’re already looking forward to next year’s edition...here is a best-of of this year's Transalpine-Run. Take a look at the most beautiful pictures.