Over the Alps in 8 days 245 teams successfully complete the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run

GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run 2011 | ©Klaus Fengler

After 8 days, 260 kilometres and 15,000 metres of elevation gain it was all over: 245 teams from 30 different countries had successfully finished the 7th GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run. It was the first time that the legendary transalpine race had been won by a Spanish team: “Trangoworld GORE-TEX”.

It was certainly a memorable race. The start was in Oberstdorf in Germany on 3 September. On the first day of the race most of the 320 teams found it difficult to cope with the heat as they made their way into the Kleinwalser Valley. The second day was the longest leg ever run on a GORE-TEX Transalpine Run: 53 kilometres. This was followed by a day of continuous rain and freezing temperatures.

After 8 days, an impressive 260 kilometres and over 15,000 metres of elevation gain, 245 teams of two crossed the finishing line in the South Tyrolean village of   Latsch. In first place: the “Trangoworld GORE-TEX” team from Spain. It was the first time that a Spanish team had won the race. With 46 teams at the start, Spain had the highest number of entrants in the race.  Hot on the heels of the Spaniards was the “Inov8 GORE-TEX Footwear Team” from the UK. They won the last two legs of the race and in the end there were only 17 minutes between them and their Spanish rivals. There were no surprises in the master’s class: the “Haglöfs Gore” team with Thomas Miksch and Anton Phillip from the Allgäu region of Germany convincingly won their class for the third year running. The other winners were: Claire Gordon and Fiona Maxwell who won the women’s class as the “Shettletrot” team, the Swiss-Austrian duo Gaby Steigmeier and Seppi Neuhäuser who won the mixed class and the Italians Rudi Schöpf and Hans Hörmann who won the senior master’s class in which the two participants’ ages must add up to over 100.

Since it was first held in 2005, the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run has acquired a reputation for being one of the toughest trail running races in the world. It alternates between two routes: the route in the west of the Alps from Oberstdorf to Latsch which was run this year and a route in the east of the Alps from Ruhpolding to Sexten. For safety reasons runners start in teams of two. The race has an excellent international reputation and is known to be one of the best organised trail running events. The number of participants is limited. This year the race was sold out in April.

In 2012 the GORE-TEX Transalpine-Run will be taking place from 1 to 8 September. Runners can sign up for the race from December 2011. For more information visit: www.transalpine-run.com