This weekend Brixen is the mountain running capital of the world

Brixen, 30 June 2021 – Everything is set for the 11th Brixen Dolomiten Marathon, which will begin on Saturday, 3 July with the starting gun at the Cathedral Square at 7.30 am. However, the renowned mountain running event will already kick off on Friday with the Women’s Run and has three additional routes of varying length and difficulty to offer all running enthusiasts with the Dolomites Ultra Trail, the LadiniaTrail and the Villnöss Dolomiten Run.

The “classic”, however, is the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon, which was held for the first time in 2010. It leads over a length of 42.195 kilometres with 2450 metres of altitude difference from Brixen Cathedral Square up to the Plose, the local mountain of the former bishop’s residence. A varied route that impresses above all with its scenic beauty and the magnificent panoramic view of the majestic mountains of the Dolomites and attracts hundreds of participants every year. This is no different after a year’s “forced break”.

“The interest in our races is still unbroken and in the past few days we have received numerous entries. The preparations for the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon are as good as complete. There is a lot of anticipation – among the participants, in our organisation, but also among the people of Brixen, who are looking forward to this major sporting event with great excitement,” says OC President Christian Jocher, who welcomes Edeltraud Thaler from Lana, the record winner (five successes in a row from 2011 to 2015) among the participants. The grand dame of South Tyrolean running will have competition from Basilia Förster from Munich, who won the Pitztal Alpine Glacier two years ago, the Bettelmatt Ultratrail the same year and came seventh in the Lavaredo Ultratrail.

Change of route for the Dolomites Ultra Trail

However, there is a change in the Dolomites Ultra Trail, which can only be tackled in teams of two during the night from Friday to Saturday (start at 0.01 a.m. in Brixen). The route had to be shortened by around 10 kilometres for safety reasons due to the presence of snowfields and is now around 74 kilometres long. The new route leads from Campill around the Peitlerkofel directly in the direction of the Rossalm and not, as originally planned, around the Geisler Spitzen to the Fornella Hut. “There is still too much snow in this area and it would simply be too dangerous for the participants. That’s why we decided in the board to run variant B,” Jocher continues.

Alexander Rabensteiner, the winner of the first edition of the Dolomites Ultra Trail, is at the start again. This time, he will not start the race with Jimmy Pellegrini, but with Ivan Favretto. “Favretto won the Abbots Way this year and came second in the Garda Trentino Trail over 60 kilometres. In the team with Rabensteiner, they are of course among the top favourites,” OC member Roald Bertol is convinced.

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Premiere of the Villnöss Dolomites Run

The two “shorter” trail routes are also very scenic: on the one hand, the 29-kilometre LadiniaTrail with 1852 metres of ascent, which starts at 8.30 a.m. from St. Martin in Thurn on the Plose, and on the other hand, the Villnöss Dolomites Run, which is on the program for the first time with its 22 kilometres and 385 metres of ascent but a rapid 1070 metres of descent. For the premiere of this distance, the starting signal will be given at 9 a.m. in St. Magdalena in Villnöss, while the finish line will be at the cathedral square in Brixen. Local hero Luca Pescollderungg (Stern im Gadertal) is one of the hot contenders for victory in the LadiniaTrail. He took third place last weekend at the premiere of the Ratschings Mountain Trail.

As far as the weather is concerned – an essential success factor for an outdoor sporting event – the organizers of the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon seem to be lucky. “As of today, the weather situation on Saturday is stable. We will keep a close eye on developments in the coming days so that we are prepared for all eventualities and that nothing stands in the way of an unforgettable day in our magnificent mountains,” OC boss Christian Jocher concludes.

Brixen Dolomiten Marathon, the different start times at a glance

  • Friday, 2 July, 7.30 p.m.: Start Women’s Run at dome square in Brixen (Finish dome square Brixen)
  • Saturday, 3 July, 00.01 a.m.: Start Dolomites Ultra Trail at dome square in Brixen (Finish dome square Brixen)
  • Saturday, 3 July, 7.30 a.m.: Start Brixen Dolomites Marathon at dome square in Brixen (Finish Plose)
  • Saturday, 3 July, 8.30 a.m.: Start LadiniaTrail in St. Martin in Thurn (Finish Plose)
  • Saturday, 3 July, 9.00 a.m.: Start Villnöss Dolomites Run in St. Magdalena (Finish dome square Brixen)