Here, You Can Win a Little Adventure!

What there is to win?

The seven-day “transalpine run” is one of the world’s most versatile trail run events from the Allgäu up to South Tyrol. Together with main sponsor Gore-Tex® we are giving away 3 x 2 trial start places for the second leg on the 4 September 2017: is 24.70 km from Lech am Arlberg until after St. Anton, 1899, altitude must be-defeated a skiing adventure with great views of the Alps.

How can you take part?

Can apply anyone who is physically fit, has ever run 20 kilometres and enjoys a challenge. The start is always in teams of two. Just send a mail from friends and your / r running partner on cour site-with name, age, race experience, and write us why you want to be ready. In addition to the launch site a2zgov, you get a trail running equipment (shoes, backpack, jacket, pants and shirt); Gore-Tex and Salomon also assume the costs for travel and accommodation. The deadline for your application is the 18.7.2017. More info about the race: our site.

What is trail running?

Is above all a question of type. While deep relaxing some people to go jogging, always same road at the same pace it will quickly dull for others. A freer and more varied form, to run, is the trail running: off paved path through the forest, over bumpy trails. It attracts a kind Sightjogging more people on vacation or at home out in the nature, to not only walk, but to jog-, except that you can admire instead of sights rocks, trees, waterfalls, and canyons.

Of course this is not brand new, it was cross or cross country. But: “Trail running is a real trend,” says Martin Scheiber, who accompanies tourists walking guide in the Austrian Ötztal Valley. “Mostly people over 30 who are also at home, try it out in the holiday and are excited.”

Man mountains than to the trail running desperately needs?

No, actually trail running is everything that runs off paved roads – including trails in the park or forest. Usually, the term is however used for runs in demanding terrain with slopes, obstacles and debris.

And what is it that great?

While you could trot the same rounds on the tarmac at some point probably even blindfolded, the trail run experience is varied and playful. Is allowed, what fun: cut across meadows, Hill tagged race, jump over tree trunks. “There are women who have discovered their lust running brand new in the area,” said the ultra-Trailläuferin Nina Koch. A study of the University of Halle-Wittenberg by the way found that trail runners are more relaxed and less ambitious than road runner. They’re more to the experience of nature and the community. Arriving is the goal, not the time.

Is that something for beginners?

It sounds but murderously difficult to run uphill-it must not be. Because on steep climbs, even trained professionals often fall in the walking step. “In very steep terrain, it is often better to go quickly–this saves power,” says Nina Koch. And: for recreational runners, the time is not critical anyway. You can stand in quiet times and wonder if the prospect just blow away one.

Beginners recommends Nina Koch, first to start jogging in flat terrain or to hike in the mountains with sticks quickly. For experienced runners, getting started is simple: “you must learn read only the terrain. On sand, gravel or any step is used slightly different roots”, Koch.

Does it make me fitter than walking?

Trail running has some advantages over the runs on a flat surface: the joint load is lower than for example on asphalt, because the foot meets the uneven ground differently on the ground. Mountain races are also a great strength training for buttocks and legs and a challenging interval training that climbs and obstacles make sure that one must vary his pace again.

What should I review even when running in the site?

Very important: Always a few meters ahead look on the ground, not to see over roots, holes or stones. Best make small steps and sets up uphill with the front part of the foot, downhill with a whole sole-never with the heel and stretched leg, otherwise the knee load is too large. And: while running down with straight upper body very slightly bend your knees so that the butt is something deeper. So to start off the weight with the thigh muscles (Yes, the sore is painful the first time!). Also you cannot easily slips out, if you put up with the entire sole. “It is important to put weight on the foot correctly and not to run as on raw eggs”, run guide advises Scheiber.

Can I actually jog in my normal running clothes?

Trail shoes with sole are important, so that you don’t slip away on damp sand or wet rocks. In very steep terrain, Poles help power saving upwards and sure to come down. For longer trips you take at best a slight running backpack, into a water bottle and a rain jacket to fit.

What if the weather turns?

This can happen quickly in the mountains. So be sure check the weather forecast before a tour. You should have a cell phone, a first aid kit, a Granola bar and plenty of water always.

The start is the easiest of course in the mountains. Just find an easy hiking trail, and off you go. Who would like to start with care, can also spot a guide or just book a trip to trail running (our site). Many good tips and information offers the Advisor “trail running. The new way to run”by S. Repke, D. Wischniewski (157 pp., 24,90 EUR, Delius Klasing).