4th Ötzi Alpine Marathon on 22/04/2007
Several top teams registered
With a total of 283 participants, of which 142 single athletes and 47 relay teams, the Ötzi Alpine Marathon scored a new participants record last year. Six days before the registration deadline 30 teams and 102 single athletes from four countries (Italy, Austria, Germany, Switzerland) have registered. The registrations are open until 10th April. Several top teams have already registered.
„At the moment the conditions are excellent“, explains the chief of race office Peter Rainer. „The MTB course is perfectly practicable, whereas on the running course there still is some snow which will soon melt with the mild temperatures. The ski tour from Kurzras to the Schnalstal glacier is fantastic after the snowfalls of the last days.“
International top teams
Among the already registered participants there also are the two last year’s winner teams. For the men it’s Roland Stauder (MTB), Markus Kröll (mountain running) and Andreas Ringhofer (ski touring) of the Kolland Topsport Asics team (By the way Ringhofer holds the record from Kurzras to Grawand. He is the only athlete who managed to finish under one hour). For the women it’s Kerstin Habich (mountain running) and Christine Schleich (ski touring) to take the big challenge over 42.195 km and 3,000 m of difference in height. The newcomer in their team is Sabine Grona who will absolve the first leg replacing the mountain biker Heike Möller.
The mountain running world champion Jonathan Wyatt from New Zealand was designated to start with the second Kolland team, but he had to withdraw in order to treat an injury. He will be replaced by another top athlete, who will challenge the last year’s winners together with Hans Peter Obwaller (MTB) and Hansjörg Lunger (ski touring).
Strong South Tyroleans
The men are represented by the team WF-Mechanik Klausen with Dario Steinacher (MTB), Gerd Frick (mountain running) and Urban Zemmer (ski touring). This team finished third last year. In 2006 Zemmer was the fastest ski tourer, whereas Frick was one of the best mountain runners.
With Alexandra Hober (MTB), Irene Senfter (mountain running) and Annemarie Gross (ski touring) South Tyrol is represented by a strong team also with the women. Hober is a two-times national champion in MTB, Senfter finished 2nd and 3rd in 2004 and 2005, and Gross won the Gore-Tex Transalpine Run 2006 together with Irene Senfter.
Strong single athletes
For the men among the starters there are again the second ranking athletes of the last two years, the Austrians Stefan Kogler and Siegfried Hochenwarter. In addition there is the winner of the first Ötzi Alpine Marathon Roland Osele from Meran. He will be strongly challenged by his country fellows Oswald Weißenhorn (Mals) and Anton Steiner (Laas).
Popular extreme marathon
The popular extreme marathon over 42.2 km and with a difference in height of 3,242 m is carried out for the fourth time this year. It goes from Naturns (554 m) over the Schnalstal to Kurzras and from there up to the top end of the glacier cable car (3,212 m of difference in height). The competition includes three disciplines, mountain biking, running, and ski touring.
Registrations are still open until 10th April calling +39 0473 679148 (email email@example.com). Registration fees: € 55.00 for single athletes and € 135.00 for teams.
Overall length: 42.2 km (marathon distance)
Mountain bike course: 24.2 km
Running course: 11.8 km
Ski touring course: 6.2 km
Photography: Getty Images
Photography: Getty Images