Brixen, 6 June 2019 – Whether it’s the marathon distance, the almost twice as long Dolomites Ultra Trail, the Women’s Run or the Children’s Run: on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 July, runners of all genders, ages and abilities will get their money’s worth in the South Tyrolean cathedral city. One month before the big showdown, the 10th edition of the Brixen Dolomites Marathon was presented to the public on Thursday.
For months, OC President Claudio Zorzi, OC Head Christian Jocher and their highly motivated team have been working on the anniversary edition of the popular mountain marathon, which will be held for the 10th time on 6 July, starting at 7.30 a.m.. “At the first edition in 2010 we were still pioneers and with the Mountain-Marathon we had quite a unique selling point. In recent years, however, new runs have been added at home and abroad. We have reacted to this development and decided – in close consultation and cooperation with the communities of St. Martin in Thurn and Villnöß – to include the Dolomites Ultra Trail with a track length of over 80 kilometres and the slightly shorter Ladinia Trail with 28 kilometres in the programme this year. A decision that is already bearing fruit,” explained OC Head Christian Jocher on Thursday at the media event.
Indeed, with 911 participants from 31 different nations, the registration record was exceeded by far one month before the starting signal. For this reason, an upper limit had to be introduced for the first time this year. “90 percent of our classic Brixen Dolomites Marathon is already sold out, with a load factor of 60 percent for the relays and the Ladinia Trail. We are convinced that these numbers will climb even higher in the coming weeks,” beamed OK Secretary Martina Ellecosta.
The Women’s Run starts the big Brixen running weekend
But the Brixen Dolomites Marathon is more. For the 8th time the women’s run will take place on the day before the South Tyrolean mountain run classic – this year it will be Friday, July 5th. At 7.30 p.m. the starting signal for the two rounds of almost 2.1 kilometres will be given at the cathedral square – without competition character and for a charitable purpose. The charity contribution of 5 euros per participant this year goes to the “border crossers” of the social cooperative VergissMeinNicht. This organisation from the Bruneck area integrates women with disabilities into the world of fashion and produces bags, jackets and much more.
“The border crossers also produced something for our run. This year each participant will receive a cotton scarf individually made by the border crossers. The traditional T-shirts, which are pink this year and in which the participants take part in the Women’s Run, were printed with a lettering matching the crossers,” Martina Ellecosta, Eva Ellemunter and Antonella Della Brida revealed at the presentation on Thursday. Among the clubs with the most participants, works by the Kunstkreis St. Erhard, represented at the media event by the artist Pascale Alessi, will also be raffled off.
Approximately 450 volunteers are in action
In the run-up to the women’s run there will be a children’s run (start at 5 pm) and a race for handbikers. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank our 450 volunteers on behalf of Christoph Hofer. My thanks also go to our many sponsors and partners, as well as to the public administration, which always actively supports us,” said OC Head Christian Jocher. Brixen’s Mayor Peter Brunner, City Councillor Paula Bacher and the President of Brixen’s City Council Renate Prader also took part in the press conference on Thursday, thanking the organisers for their commitment and wishing them every success.