GORE-TEX Transalpine Run 2011 | ©Kelvin Trautman

The GORE-TEX TRANSALPINE-RUN crosses the Alps in 8 days. It has become one of the most popular endurance stage events in the world. This year, six months before the starter’s gun is fired on 1 September, all of the 250 team places have already been sold to runners from 32 different countries.

Entries from all over the world: from Argentina to New Zealand
The professional and amateur runners from 32 different countries participating in the 8th GORE-TEX TRANSALPINE-RUN from 1 to 8 September 2012 share a common dream: to cross the Alps on foot in eight days together with their team partners while sharing the mixed emotions of elation, pain, exhaustion and pride. The majority of the runners come from Germany, closely followed by Spain, Austria and Great Britain. However, countries like Argentina, Iceland, Japan, Malaysia and New Zealand are also represented. The multi-stage event is raced in the categories Master Men (together 80 years or more), Senior Master Men (together 100 years or more), Mixed and Women. A waiting list has been drawn up for everyone who didn’t get one of the much sought-after places.

The route: 3 countries, 320 km, with St. Johann in Tyrol new on the route on the toughest day of the race
This year the course takes the runners over a distance of 320 km along the main ridge of the Alps from Ruhpolding (D) to Sexten (I). According to initial estimates the runners will have to tackle 15,000 m of elevation gain and 14,500 m of elevation loss. On average each of the eight stages of the race covers 40 km while ascents total some 1,900 m.
This year the first day of the race is also the toughest day of the race. On their way to St. Johann in Tyrol (A), which is new on the route, the runners will have to cover a distance of nearly 50 km. The next day racers can enjoy magnificent Alpine views on their way to Kitzbühel (A). After that the race takes the participants to Neukirchen am Großvenediger (A), Prettau im Ahrntal (I), Sand in Taufers (I), St. Vigil (I), Niederdorf im Pustertal (I) and finally to the finish in Sexten (I). Spectacular scenery and a tremendous sense of togetherness motivate the runners to push themselves to new limits, day after day.