GORE-TEX Transalpine Run 2012: register now and take on the Alps for a running experience of a lifetime

GORE-TEX Transalpine Run 2011 | ©Kelvin Trautman

The GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run is set to take place for the eighth consecutive year from 1 to 8 September 2012. Five hundred runners from over 25 countries will take up the challenge of running over the Alps. During the eight days of the race the participants cover about 320 km and tackle 15,000 m of elevation gain. The course runs from Ruhpolding in Bavaria/Germany to Sexten in South Tyrol, the northernmost region in Italy. The number of runners is limited to 250 teams of two. Online registration is now open.

The starter’s gun for the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2012 will go off on 1 September in Ruhpolding with a resounding bang. On the very first day of the race the runners have to cover a distance of nearly 50 km on their way to St. Johann in Tirol – which is new on the route. This will be the longest stage of the race. The next day racers can enjoy magnificent Alpine views on their way to Kitzbühel, and on to Neukirchen am Großvenediger the day afterwards. During the fourth stage of the race the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run crosses over into South Tyrol, making its first stop in Prettau in the Ahrntal valley. After that racers make their way from Sand in Taufers to St. Vigil and Niederdorf in the Pustertal valley, before crossing the final finishing line in Sexten. By this time they will have covered an average of 40 km a day and tackled nearly 1,900 m of elevation gain.

Since it was first held in 2005, the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run has become one of the most popular endurance stage events in the world. It gets sold our earlier and earlier every year and regularly attracts runners from over 25 countries. The perfect organisation, the congenial atmosphere and the spectacular Alpine scenery mean that participants cross the finishing line with a lifetime’s worth of stories and memories.  Runners start in five different team categories: Men, Women, Mixed, Master Men (teams whose participants’ ages combine to 80 years or more) and Senior Master Men (teams whose participants’ ages combine to 100 years or more). Every year the course alternates between a west route (from Oberstdorf to Latsch) and the east route (from Ruhpolding to Sexten) which is being run this year.

The run is organised by event agency Plan B and has as title sponsor the GORE-TEX brand whose technologies are incorporated into the products of many of the world’s leading running and trail running brands.