Brixen, 6 July 2019 – On its tenth birthday, the Brixen Dolomites Marathon presented itself from its most beautiful side. In bright sunshine, almost cloudless skies and midsummer temperatures the favourites Andreas Reiterer from Hafling and Doris Weissteiner from Klausen were the first to cross the finish line. The premieres of the Dolomites Ultra Trail (81 km/4728 m D+) and the Ladinia Trail (28 km/1852 m D+) were also very successful. A total of over 1000 athletes from 34 different nations took part.
With the participation of Andreas Reiterer, as well as the past winners Matteo Lucchese, Tariq Bamaarouf and Hannes Rungger, everything was set for a run of superlatives. And the 10th Brixen Dolomiten Marathon lived up to the high expectations on its round anniversary and could hardly be surpassed in excitement. After the start, Reiterer, Lucchese, Bamaarouf and Rungger set themselves apart from the competition. Shortly before Afers the riders Lucchese and Reiterer increased the pace and Rungger had to let the duo go.
At the Rossalm Lucchese had a lead of a few seconds. But Reiterer caught up, passed the defending champion from the province of Forlì and won the renowned mountain marathon in 3:38.44 hours and 1.19 minutes ahead of Lucchese. The podium was completed by Marco Menegardi from Castiglione delle Stiviere (3:56.09). Rungger dropped back to fifth behind Martin Griesser from Freienfeld.
Reiterer in seventh heaven
“It’s just huge, and I’m having a great time. Today everything just worked out. I started fast and at some point I thought that it would not work out today. But I went through with it. Matteo (Lucchese) always stuck to my heels, only at the very end did I lose him a bit,” said day’s winner Reiterer at the finish. Matteo Lucchese said: “It’s an incredibly beautiful race and I’m more than happy with the second place behind a very strong Andreas Reiterer. I won Pistoia-Abetone last week, but I really wanted to start here as well. And this wonderful scenery today was worth every effort.”
In the women’s event, the SG Eisacktal provided for a gala: With the winner Doris Weissteiner, who prevailed in 5:06.22, as well as Renate Pramsohler and Tanja Plaikner, three athletes from the host club took the entire podium. Fourth place went to the first non-South Tyrolean, the Czech Katerina Kovac.
Weissteiner performs hard work
“I was at the start for the fifth time today. From the weather, what makes it the most beautiful edition. Personally, however, I have done hard as never before in this race. I made the difference in the flat. There I was always Renate (Pramsohler), but then she came closer again in the steep. But in the end it was enough,” said the 41-year-old from Klausen. Her team mate Renate Pramsohler from Brixen added: “I am delighted that we as a club were able to do so well in the home race.
The Forest Gams team, consisting of Martin Mayrhofer, Marialuise Rabensteiner, Alexander Rabensteiner and Andreas Öhler, won the four relay teams. The quartet mastered the 42,195 kilometres with 2450 metres of altitude difference in 3:54.48 hours. The fastest two-man team was Matthias Schwingshackl/Bernhard Taschler, who were part of the Yusuf team and crossed the finish line after 4:17.50 hours.
Pellegrini/Rabensteiner live up to their role as favourites
For their 10th birthday, the organizers around OC boss Christian Jocher and OC president Claudio Zorzi introduced two new races this year. The top favourites Jimmy Pellegrini/Alexander Rabensteiner won the Dolomites Ultra Trail, which had to be completed in teams of two after the start at midnight at Domplatz, after 81 kilometres and more than 4700 metres of altitude difference in 10:49.46 hours. Behind them were Josef Blasbichler/Konrad Eisenstecken and Reinhold Schwienbacher/Josef Thaler. Also the finish was at the Domplatz and thus in the heart of the old town of Brixen.
At the 28 kilometre LadiniaTrail with start in St. Martin in Thurn and finish on the Plose, the Swedish orienteer David Lingfors, who is currently in the Dolomites and competed in the new trail run for training purposes, prevailed. His winning time was 2:57.04 hours. Paul Willeit from Bruneck and Thomas Guadagnini from Trentino finished second and third. In the women’s singles, Gadertal local hero Heidi Dapunt triumphed in 4:13.05, ahead of Ilaria Pedri and Rosmarie Psenner.
The organizers draw a very positive balance
Satisfied faces were not only to be found among the more than 1000 participants from 34 different nations. The organizers were also satisfied. “That was pure advertising today for running, for our destination and of course for our Brixen Dolomiten Marathon. It couldn’t be more beautiful in a weather like today. We are glad that all events went over the stage without injuries and really want to congratulate everyone who dared to ride one of the three distances today. A big thank you goes of course to our many sponsors, but the biggest one goes to our more than 450 volunteers. Because without their support we would never be able to stage an event like this so successfully”, said Claudio Zorzi and Christian Jocher, who didn’t miss the opportunity to run “his” marathon and finish it in 5:15.56 hours.
After the Brixen Dolomites Marathon, however, there is always a time before the mountain marathon in the Bischofstadt: the 11th edition of the South Tyrolean running classic is expected to take place on 4 July 2020.
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