You’re a passionate trail runner and fit enough for tricky mountain passages over 30 km long and 2,000 meters high? You love uncrossed paths and breathtaking trails? Then be one of the first to leave your tracks on the new route of the legendary GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run! Alongside professional athletes and experienced trail running guides, GORE-TEX trail scouts will explore the brand new route of the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2016. The GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run is one of the most popular trail running events and is a fixture in competition calendars of many athletes. In teams of two, runners race for seven days across the alps, through narrow valleys and over mountain passes, along picturesque lakes and steep slopes. Before September, when roughly 600 trail runners from over 30 nations will give their all on this exhilarating route, each of the individual stages will be put to the test.
The new route 2016: endless ice, famous mountain backdrops and some firsts
There are more than a few things to test this year: organizers Plan B, together with GORE-TEX have set up a completely new route for the 12th GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run. Over seven days, sensational trails lead the runner through three countries, across the alps from Garmisch Partenkirchen to the finish line in Brixen. Participants can expect a total of 251.3 km of alpine trails with 15,135 m to ascend, and 15,271 m to descend at this year’s Transalpine-Run in the fall. And there are also a few firsts: the first stage on a glacier, the highest starting point, as well as the highest day’s finish. The first glacier stage of this competition is special in itself: the summit between Pitztal and Ötztal sits at 3,000 meters and the trail follows the eternal ice of the Rettenbach glacier. Those who manage this stage despite the height will also enjoy crossing the finish line at the halfway station of the Gaislachkogel gondola in Sölden (2,176m) with one of the backdrops from the latest James Bond film, Spectre.
Trail scouting for the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2016: Learn from the pros and share your passion
As trail scout for the Transalpine-Run 2016, your performance is secondary. The test weekends are not a competition. We want to explore the routes and experience the spirit of this unique sport. Experienced trail guides and professional athletes are part of your group. Alongside them, you will add to your extraordinary experiences as a runner and have conquered a part of the legendary GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2016. We will have three ability levels, which means you should be fit enough for each stage, but you don’t need to keep up with the pros. Whether you want a taste of the anticipated Transalpine-Run 2016, you want to be part of developing a new trail, or you want top-class training: learn from the pros and share your passion with kindred spirits!
Seven stages, four test weekends
The seven stages of the route have been divided over four weekends in June and July. Check your calendars today - for the official trail scouts of the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2016, it’s first come, first served. 25 – 26 June: Garmisch – Lermoos – Imst (GER to AUT) 2 – 3 July: Imst – Pitztal – Sölden (AUT) 9 July: Sölden – St. Leonhard (AUT to ITA) 16 – 17 July: St. Leonhard – Sarnthein – Brixen (ITA)
A comprehensive package for the early birds
For each of the four weekends, the first 30 to register for the GORE-TEX trail scouts team don’t need to give any thought to the logistics. We organize your trip back and have also got discounted lodging in Leermoos, Pitztal, St. Leonhard and Sarnthein. On top of that, each of those 30 runners will get a GORE-TEX trail scouts shirt and headband. Register by the 30th of May at [email protected]! You didn’t make the first 30 registrants? No worries, you can still be part of the adventure. Anyone who can meet the demands of one stage of the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run and has their own accommodation and way back can join in on the fun. Be pioneers on some incredible routes. We’ll see you in June and July!
Author: Jürgen Kurapkat