Inov-8 launches downhill racing in Austria
For the first time ever, 180 runners are being given the opportunity to race down the world’s most notorious ski slope – Kitzbuehel’s Streif.
British fell and trail running shoes company inov-8 is holding a new downhill running event in Kitzbuehel, Austria, together with a local premium partner Bergsport Ueberall on October 6.
The course features blind drops, daredevil jumps and an insanely steep gradient of 80%. The Streif, is regarded as the ultimate challenge for downhill skiers on the world cup circuit. Now, in a sporting world first, running brand Inov-8 and Bergsport Ueberall will stage a downhill footrace for 180 brave competitors on the Streif.
The Inov-8 Descent Race will see runners setting off at 30-second intervals from the ski start-house at the top of the mountain. Ski gates will guide the way for runners, who will weave down the 350m route before entering the finish area. The fastest 30 runners in both the men’s and women’s categories will qualify for the final run where, as in skiing, finalists will start in reverse order at one-minute intervals. The fastest will be crowned downhill champions.
Inov-8 product and marketing director Michael Price said: “Inov-8 was forged in the Lake District fells of Great Britain 15 years ago and we have always loved the thrill of running fearlessly down steep fells. Now we’re bringing a taste of British fell running to the Kitzbuehel Alps with the pioneering Inov-8 Descent Race.”
“We’re hoping that runners from across the world will come to Kitzbuehel and join us in experiencing what will be the ultimate downhill running thrill.” Georg Ueberall, local inov-8 partner in Kitzbuehel completes. The Descent Race will be on October 6, 2018. For more details, information or to reserve a starting place see https://descent.inov-8.com/