Thomas Niederegger is Achmüller’s successor

29-year-old South Tyrolean wins with big lead / Edeltraud Thaler achieves hattrick

29-year-old South Tyrolean wins with big lead / Edeltraud Thaler achieves hattrick / 673 participants from 18 nations

Hermann Achmüller found a worthy successor for the Brixen Marathon. The 29-year-old Thomas Niederegger won his first marathon straightaway – with a lead of 10 minutes.
In the women’s run, Edeltraud Thaler was unconquerable for the third time in a row. Despite the snow, the 673 participants from 18 nations found good conditions on the eased track.

Due to snow the last track section to the peak of the Plose (2450 mt) was replaced with a 8.5 km section between Brixen and the nearby village Albeins. Nonetheless, the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon was still fascinating. In view of the predominance with which Thomas Niederegger won his debut marathon, he even would have had the time to pose for a panoramic picture in front of the stunning peaks of the “Geisler”. Although Niederegger was the insider tip for the victory, the triumph with a 10 minutes lead was unexpected. Apparently the favorite Evgenii Glyva still felt the “100km del Passatore” in his legs and finished sixth. After 1490 difference in altitude and a 42-km-run, Niederegger passed the finishing line at the mountain station of the Plose ropeway in 3:11.46. After a deficit of 10 minutes, the Italo-Moroccan Jilali Jamali followed. Until St. Ändra, Jamali and Niederegger fought a neck-and-neck race. Shortly after Jamali, local hero Herlmuth Mair finished third. “During km 21-23 I had a crisis before I could find the right rhythm. I could not have dreamt of a better marathon debut. And it surely will not be my last marathon,” Niederegger rejoices.


29-year-old South Tyrolean wins with big lead

The Italian mountain running national team of long distance participated non competitively on a 30 km track. Tommaso Vaccina won in 2:14,50 and left the sixfold team world champion in mountain run Emanuele Manzi behind. Massimiliano Zanaboni finished third. Together with Vaccina and Manzi he qualified for the long distance WC in Bulgary at the beginning of august.

In the women’s run, Edeltraud Thaler achieved the hattrick. The 47-year-old dominated the run from the very beginning. Her victory was never at risk. Nevertheless she reached the finishing line quite out of breath. “The additional plane section at the beginning of the run rendered it difficult for me to find the right rhythm. On km 30 I had a crisis, but now I am so proud to have won for the third time” says Thaler. Anna Pedevilla finished second – 16 minutes after Thaler.


 Edeltraud Thaler achieves hattrick

As expected, fastest relay was the “Sportier Team” with Edi Lahner, Michael Burger, Rudi Brunner and finishing runner Hannes Rungger. The strong quartet finished after 2:54,53. 18 minutes less than the fastest single runner.


1. Thomas Niederegger (Italy/Rennerclub Vinschgau) 3:11:46
2. Jilali Jamali (Italy/Morocco) 3:21:47
3. Helmuth Mair (Italy/SG Eisacktal) 3:22:11
4. Alfred Mair (Italy/ASV Niederdorf) 3:23:20
5. Lorenzo Trincheri (Italiy) 3:23:43
6. Evgenii Glyva (Ukraine) 3:25:03
7. Alexander Rabensteiner (Italy/Team Skinfit) 3:26.21

1. Edeltraud Thaler (Italy/Telmekom Team Südtirol) 3:54:16
2. Anna Pedevilla (Italy/Südtiroler Laufverein) 4:10.06
3. Elisabeth Egarter (Italy/ALV Sextner Dolomiten) 4:19.43
4. Astrid Perathoner (Italy/Bozen) 4:27.20
5. Johanna Kemppi (Finland) 4:30.30
6. Jela Furuczova (Slovak Republic) 4:31.55
7. Monika Siller (Italy/Rennerclub Vinschgau) 4:34.44

1. Sportler Team (Edi Lahner, Michael Burger, Rudi Brunner, Hannes Rungger) 2:53.53
2. ASC Rasen (Günther Mair, Lukas Hofer, Michael Oberjakober, Michael Nocker) 2:58.45
3. SG Eisacktal (Martin Mayrhofer, Anton Eisenstecken, Alexander Rabensteiner, Karl Lercher) 3:02:27

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Picture: Thomas Niederegger and Edeltraud Thaler (Fotos: Markus Kaserer – sportograf)

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