HEAVEN & HELL: W.L. Gore & Associates releases documentary film about the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run

The GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run is arguably one of the toughest challenges in the world for trail and mountain runners. Every year at the beginning of September, 300 teams of two from all over the world cross the main ridge of the Alps in 8 days. Each day they cover distances of over 30 kilometres and tackle uphill climbs of some 2,000 metres. Filmmakers Miriam Jakobs and Gerhard Schick accompanied two of these teams for the duration of the run to make a 60 minute documentary film about the event.

“HEAVEN & HELL” captures the fascination of the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run in all its facets from the point of view of the two teams. It features stunning visuals while telling a powerful emotional story: the exertion of the long up and downhill climbs, the battle against rain, heat and cold, the mesmerising mountain scenery, the joy of running along magnificent mountain trails and the flair of being part of an international event with runners from more than 25 different countries.

In addition to the superb photography, it is above all those personal moments that make “HEAVEN & HELL” so special: the runners’ constant battle against themselves, against their team partners, the way they push themselves to their absolute limits, the mixed emotions of elation and despair, of euphoria and exhaustion, even of pain, sometimes not knowing whether to laugh or cry – the intensity of emotions that only a multi-day team stage race can bring out and that make the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run an experience like no other.

The premiere of “HEAVEN & HELL” had been shown on 4 February 2012 as part of the “ECCO Indoor Trail” in the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund. After the premiere the film is going on the road. The details of the dates and locations of the roadshow will be available from mid February.

The GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2012 will be taking place from 1 to 8 September. This year the course runs from Ruhpolding to Sexten.