The TRANSALPINE RUN, one of the toughest and at the same time most spectacular trailrun events in the world, is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2019.

The race, comprising seven stages lasting from 31st of August to 7th of September 2019, will start on the Western route in Oberstdorf, Germany. From there the more than 250 teams will take on one of the last great adventures, crossing the Alps on foot, via Austria, Switzerland and Italy. On the final day the runners  cross the finish line in Sulden, Italy.

Since its first performance in 2005 the run developed rapidly into one of the most significant stage runs for teams worldwide, what is reflected in the top-class starter field as well as the strong media response. Teams from more than 40 nations provide yearly international atmosphere during the stages of the yearly changing Eastern and Western route.

The RUN2 has assigned its fixes place at the TAR in 2019 as well and 200 teams can get one step closer to their dream of crossing the Alps by running the first two stages of the original TRANSALPINE RUN.

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“I look back on every single one of my 14 TARs with lots of pleasure. Every single race was unique with regard to the team partner, participants, courses, stage towns, weather, accommodations, unexpected problems and positions in the ranking. But all TARs have something in common: After a very intense week full of highs and lows all of the 14 races end with a very emotional finish and a feeling of happiness that words can not describe. Something you have to experience as a runner. The TAR makes you happy, proud and mentally so strong that private challenges at home or at work don’t seem so insuperable anymore after a TAR finish.”

Holger Schulze14 x TAR participant

“Prior to the GORE-TEX Transalpine Run trail-running used to be a pastime for runners looking for exotic getaways. You associated cross events, extreme ultra races or very steep hill sprints with the activity and the image that comes to mind are sweat-dripping athletes bent forward with their hands pushing on their thighs and glance trance-fixed on the trail straight ahead of them. But trail-running has evolved into more than that: small adventures out in the woods, up in the mountains with lots of ups- and downs – on the trail as much as in one’s mind. ”

Jürgen Kurapkat