If you and your trail running mates haven’t made any plans for June this year – there is a new Pro-Am race that you shouldn’t miss: the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships, June 22 – 24, 2018 in Gastein/ SalzburgerLand, Austria.
In an innovative and exciting race format, 333 trail running teams of three will tackle a demanding relay course consisting of three loops (25km/1,900m, 57km/3,400m and 40km/2,100m) – 124km and 7,400 meters of elevation in total.
Created specifically to play to different running strengths, each segment features distinctive yet equally challenging course profiles, partly utilizing ancient trails that navigate the breathtaking alpine scenery of the Gastein valley.
The race is a truly unique blend of teamwork, grueling ultramarathon mileage and fast technical pursuits, across women’s, men’s and mixed categories. Entries are open to all runners who are up for the challenge and enjoy competing alongside top-class athletes like Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP), Dmitry Mitiaev (RUS), Ekatarina Mitiaeva (RUS), Yngvild Kaspersen (NOR), Benni Bublak (GER) or Abby Levene (USA).
FRIDAY 22ND JUNE – PROLOGUE
Before the relay teams can prove themselves over the three loops, they must first jointly complete a Prologue. The team results (accumulated placings) will then determine the start order. The Prologue is also a Vertical Open race, anyone who wishes to do so can take part. The reward for completing this 19km hill climb up the 2246-meter high Stubnerkogel Mountain in Bad Gastein will be a unique summit party.
SATURDAY 23RD JUNE – RACE PREP
Prior to the race briefing, the competitors can enjoy a pre-race brunch, with time to talk shop before their big day.
SUNDAY 24TH JUNE – THE WCH RACE
The race starts at dawn (4am) and within an hour, the first group of 333 runners will set off on Loop 1 in a chasing start (pursuit).
At sunrise, the first competitors will reach the summit ridge at the Gamskarkogel. At 6:45 am, the fastest will already be expected back in Bad Hofgastein, where their team-mates will be lined up for the changeover.
The second lap will take the competitors past the famous Bad Gastein waterfall and the picturesque Reedsee lake, to the Graukogel and via the Miesbichlscharte up to the highest point, the Zittrauertisch (Zittrau Table), at an altitude of 2463 metres. From 12:15 pm, the first changeovers from second runner to third runner will take place. The third lap will lead the athletes out of the valley towards Dorfgastein. The highlight of this lap is the ridge run from Jedlkopf to Seebachkatzenkopf. At around 3:30 pm, the first World Championship team will be entitled to enjoy its lap of honour through Bad Hofgastein and be celebrated by the crowds in the Alpen Arena.
Once the runners have completed their lap of the relay on Sunday, they can treat themselves to a sauna, a bath in the thermal water lake, a massage service and a pasta buffet at the Alpentherme right next to the finish line.
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