The Innsbruck Alpine Trail Run – a stunning running experience
The running season in Innsbruck will be kicked off for the third time by an extra-special event: on 29 April 2017, the Innsbruck Alpine Trail Run will lead participants out of the city centre and up into the surrounding mountains. The event features a number of trails of different lengths with varying altitude profiles. Runners from around 30 nations will tackle distances of between 15 and 85 km and differences in altitude of up to 3,600 metres in individual and team competitions. An additional highlight of the event is the fact that most participants have to use GPS and maps to locate the different sections of the route. The guided adventure trail running group, on the other hand, can avoid this additional challenge and focus its full attention on an enjoyable running experience. Depending on the length of the route chosen, the Alpine Trail Run leads runners along a system of various forest trails and alpine tracks surrounding the Olympic city of Innsbruck. The 85 km-long “Ultra” route even takes participants past popular destinations such as the Umbrüggler Alm and Rauschbrunnen mountain huts. The event also features a team competition in which friends, clubs, associations or companies can come together to tackle the challenge, with the company that runs the most kilometres being awarded the title of “Most Sporty Company”.
The Golden Roof Challenge – all that glitters really is gold
Standing on the balcony of the Golden Roof building and looking down on the hustle and bustle of the old town was one of Emperor Maximilian’s favourite pastimes. On 2 June 2017, this Innsbruck landmark will see top international athletes reach new heights in the truest sense of the word: by battling it out in pole vault and long jump competitions using the event’s well-established crossfire sequence in order to qualify for the World Championships and make their way up the world rankings. “The FlySwat”, which is the largest mobile athletics facility in the world and was created especially for the event, enables spectators to get really close to the action, thus creating a truly unrivalled atmosphere. This is why the Golden Roof Challenge is internationally renowned as being an inner-city athletics highlight and the “home of the Golden Fly Series”, which is not only held in Innsbruck, but also in other metropolises such as Rio de Janeiro and Munich.
The world’s biggest mountain bike freeriding event: Crankworx
The world’s biggest mountain bike freeriding event – Crankworx – will be held in Innsbruck for the first time in 2017 (from 21 to 25 June). The event will bring action at its very best with top bikers from all over the world, a festival-like programme of accompanying events and an exhibition area showcasing the latest gadgets and trends. The event will feature Slopestyle, Dual Speed & Style, a Whip-Off and a Pump Track contest. Most of these competitions and the programme of supporting events will take place at Bikepark Innsbruck (Mutteralmpark). The Pump Track contest will attract plenty of attention right in the heart of the city. Plans are also in place to further develop the local infrastructure for the second Crankworx event in Innsbruck in 2018. While the professionals battle it out in different competitions, there will also be a varied programme of side events for the entire family. “Kidsworx”, for example, will offer diverse workshops for children. Trendsetters on the mountain bike scene will also have the opportunity to showcase the latest bikes and gadgets.
The Stubai Ultra Trail – a tough trail for tough athletes
The route from the bustling centre of the Olympic city of Innsbruck up to the eternal ice of the Stubai Glacier at an altitude of 3,150 metres above sea level covers a distance of 62.5 kilometres. It is precisely this distance that participants of the “Stubai Ultra Trail” attempt to master in just one day in line with the event slogan “urban2glacier”. The race kicks off at 1 o’clock in the morning on 1 July in front of the Golden Roof building in Innsbruck’s historic old town. From there, the runners set off on a journey along both varied and challenging trails through the Sillschlucht gorge, up to the Starkenberger Hütte mountain hut (2,237 m) and back down to the town of Neustift. The route then leads along the Franz-Senn-Weg and WildeWasserWeg trails to the end of the glacier valley, where participants must tackle a spectacular final climb through the snow and ice to the “Jochdohle” restaurant on the Stubai Glacier. This ultimate challenge requires participants to complete an overall climb of 4,778 (!) vertical metres and a descent of 2,241 vertical metres. Runners wanting to tackle a shorter route can opt for the Stubai Basic Trail, which starts in Neustift at 10 am and “only” covers the 28.8 kilometres up onto the glacier, including a climb of 2,581 vertical metres and a descent of 431 vertical metres. Afterwards, the athletes all return to the valley together to enjoy the well-deserved “Finisher Party”, held from 7 pm onwards in the town of Neustift.
The XLETIX Challenge Tirol – not for couch potatoes
The XLETIX Challenge Tirol is the ultimate test on many different levels – it requires strength, stamina, courage, determination and above all team spirit. After all, the motto of this extreme obstacle course is: “One team, one goal!”. On 29 and 30 July, the resort of Kühtai, which is also a venue for the Alpine Skiing World Cup, will host this spectacular event. The challenge takes participants up to altitudes of 2,500 metres above sea level and requires them to tackle alpine terrain and overcome a multitude of obstacles that can only be mastered as a team. Sparkling mountain lakes and craggy peaks form a stunning backdrop for the competition, which pushes participants to their limits in terms of both physical and mental strength. In the Elite Heat race, a timekeeping system enables sports fans to compete against the toughest and the best athletes tackling the obstacle course. Free training plans and motivational tips are available at de.xletix.com for anyone preparing to take on Europe’s highest obstacle course. http://de.xletix.com/