Schlegeis 3000 Skyrace
SKY RUNNING – THE ULTIMATE IN TRAIL RUNNING!
Sky running competitions are becoming increasingly popular. They combine conventional trail running with mountain climbing on demanding routes (up to Difficulty Level II), steel safety rope sections, via ferrata elements, exposed rocky ridges, scree and snowfields. The very technically challenging routes demand top fitness from participants and require some previous experience on Alpine terrain.
The S KYRACE route - with a distance of over 34km and a total ascent/descent of 2400m - is the ultimate challenge for serious sky runners. After a relatively gradual climb at the start in the direction of Pfitscherjoch, runners cross the Austrian-Italian border and run for a short time on the Italian side of the Zilltertal Alps. Continuing on parts of the Peter Habeler Circuit, runners cross the Unterschrammach corrie and the 2,900m Riepenkopf - one of the secondary summits of the 3,476m Olperer, before returning to the famous Olpererhütte. The crux point is the climb up to the Friesenberg wind gap, where the highest point of 2,930m is reached. After a detour over the Petersköpfl peak with its famous "stone almonds", the route continues to the Friesenberghaus and back to the start at the dam on the reservoir.
The main challenge of the route is the very long distance at over 2,500m above see level, with key sections close to the 3,000m mark - below giant mountains such as the Olperer and Hoher Riffler.
The highly technically challenging route includes crux points with via ferrata elements, steel safety rope and very rocky sections. Much of it is on very steep trails that are extremely demanding, and require stamina and concentration from the runners. The Schlegeis 3000 SKYRACE is an extreme running event, most of which is on high Alpine terrain. Nevertheless, participants will be rewarded by a unique experience in a fantastic setting.
The SKYRACE is part of the newly founded national skyrunning series in 2019 and will also be held as the Austrian SKYRUNNING state championship!
The number of participants in the SKYRACE is limited to 150 starters!
Start & Finish:
At the parking lot at the crown of the dam / s'Raschtl
Start -> to Zamsereck -> Lafitzalm -> to Pfitscherjoch -> Border crossing to Italy to Pfitscherjoch house (1. Checkpoint Skyrace, 1. Labestation ) -> back across the state border to Austria to branch off to Peter Habeler round -> Run over the trail of Peter Habeler Weg direction Unterschrammachkar -> (2. Checkpoint Skyrace) -> Turn left towards Alpeinerscharte to the junction towards Riepenkopf -> Riepenkopf (3. Checkpoint Skyrace) -> Descent to the Olpererhütte (4.Checkpoint Skyrace, 2. Labestation) -> Walk along the Berlin Höhenweg in the direction of Friesenberghaus up to the ascent Friesenbergscharte
(Attention, no official way! The part of the route is only opened on race day!) -> Friesenbergscharte (5. Checkpoint Skyrace) -> Descent via official route towards Petersköpfl -> Petersköpfl (6. Checkpoint Skyrace) -> Descent on the Berliner Höhenweg -> Friesenberghaus (7. Checkpoint Skyrace, 3. Labestation) ->Descent towards Schlegeis Reservoir -> Dominikushütte -> FINISH
National Sky Running Series in Austria
The Schlegeis 3000 SKYRACE is one of the first sky running events in Austrian, which in 2019 counts towards the newly established National Sky Running Series, organized by ISF Austria and the International Sky Running Federation. This means that there is a good chance of it becoming an international highlight within the sky running scene.