The ultimate team relay challenge

Get set for the pro-am adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships in Austria

Pic credit: Michael Mueller

Pic credit: Michael Mueller

A new "pro am" relay will offer runners the chance to compete against elite runners in amazing surroundings this summer. 

 The adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships, being held on June 22 - 24 in Gastein/SalzburgerLand, Austria will have an innovative race format. A total of 333 teams of three will tackle a demanding relay course consisting of three loops (25km/1900m, 57km/3400m and 40km/2100m) - 124km and 7400m of elevation in total.

Created specifically to play to different running strengths, each segment features distinctive yet equally challenging course profiles, partly utilising ancient trails that navigate the breathtaking alpine scenery of the Gastein valley.

The race is a rare blend of teamwork, gruelling 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 and enjoy competing alongside top-class athletes like Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP), Timothy Olson (USA), Dmitry Mityaev (RUS), Ekatarina Mityaeva (RUS), Yngvild Kaspersen (NOR), Benni Bublak (GER) or Abby Levene (USA).

The programme

Before the relay teams can prove themselves over the three loops, they must first jointly complete a prologue. The team results (accumulated placings) will then determine the start order. The prologue is also a vertical open race and anyone who wishes to do so can take part. After the 19km hill climb up the 2246m high Stubnerkogel Mountain in Bad Gastein runners will be greeted by a summit party.

Prior to the race briefing, the competitors can enjoy a pre-race brunch, with time to talk shop before their big day. Included in the start package are dinner vouchers that can be redeemed in dozens of partner restaurants all over the Gastein valley.

The race starts at dawn (4am) and, within an hour, the first group of 333 runners will set off on loop 1 in a chasing start (pursuit).
At sunrise, the first competitors will reach the summit ridge at the Gamskarkogel. At 6.45am, 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 2463m. From 12.15pm, 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 Seebachkatzenkopf. At around 3.30pm, the first team will enjoy its lap of honour through Bad Hofgastein and be celebrated by the crowds in the Alpen Arena. 
Once the runners have completed their lap of the relay on Sunday, they can treat themselves to a sauna, a bath in the thermal water lake, a complimentary massage service and a pasta buffet at the Alpentherme right next to the finish line.

Fun for spectators and companions

Family and friends can get close to the race action and experience it with their loved ones.

Gastein offers special “active spectator packages” for the athletes' companions and invites them to visit the hotspots at the huts along the race route like Graukobel and Stubnerkogel. Thanks to buses, e -bikes and cable cars, they can always be one step ahead of the runners. Friends and family are also invited to get involved with side events, such as a morning run with sporting legends or yoga sessions and can join the race finishers in the Alpentherme thermal bath, which is open to the public.

Online registration is open until June 15, 2018

The start field is limited to 333 teams. You can register online until June 14, 2018. The start fee is 111€ per person or 333 € per team. For that, runners will receive:

  • Participant gift from adidas
  • Prologue with summit party on Stubnerkogel mountain (Friday)
  • Free descent with cable car from Stubnerkogel (Friday)
  • Nutrition during both competitions (Friday & Sunday)
  • Clothes transport to the finish line (Friday)
  • Shuttle back to the start (Friday)
  • Athlete Brunch (Saturday)
  • Dinner voucher for our aIT partner restaurants (Saturday)
  • 3h entry to the “Alpentherme Gastein” (Sunday)
  • Pasta buffet at the athlete garden/ Alpentherme (Sunday)
  • Complimentary massage/ physiotherapy at the adidas Reload Center (Sunday)
  • Finisher shirt
  • Finisher certificate

Click here for more information and registration