333 TEAMS // 3 LOOPS // 1 GOAL
READY FOR THE ULTIMATE TEAM RELAY CHALLENGE?
The world of competitive trail running is heading off the beaten track in June this year with the launch of a new Pro-Am race – the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships, which take place between June 22 and 24, 2018 in Gastein/ SalzburgerLand, Austria.
In an innovative and exciting race format, 333 trail running teams of three athletes 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 strength, each segment features distinctive yet equally challenging course profiles, partly utilizing ancient trails that navigate the breathtaking alpine scenery of Gastein in SalzburgerLand.
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 of 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 tackle a Prologue. This will also be the Vertical Open race up the Stubnerkogel in Bad Gastein, and anyone who wishes to do so can take part. The reward for completing this 19km hill climb up the 2246-meter high mountain will be a summit party, and the team results from the Prologue (accumulated placings) will determine the order in which teams start the World Championship race.
SATURDAY 23RD JUNE – RACE PREP
Before the race briefing, athletes will meet for a pre-race brunch, with time to talk shop before the big relay race.
SUNDAY 24TH JUNE – THE WCH RACE
Race day starts at dawn (4am) and within an hour, all of the first 333 runners will set off on Loop 1 in a chasing start (pursuit).
At sunrise, the fastest runners 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 the Mooseckhöhe. 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 teams 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.
Family and friends can also get close to the race action and experience it alongside their loved ones. Gastein offers special spectator packages for the athletes’ companions and invites them to visit the hotspots along the race route. They will also be invited to get involved with side events, including a morning run with sporting legends, a yoga session at the Alpentherme and a Kids Run.
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