Winter sports enthusiasts know the challenges of the legendary skiing circuit der Weisse Ring (= The White Ring) in Lech Zürs am Arlberg only too well. And now the event “Der Weisse Ring – Die Trailchallenge”, which will take place for the first time in 2019, lets trail runners and mountain runners have their share of picturesque views and athletic challenges.
Heroes young and old – and success as a team
28.9 kilometres, 2,300 altitude metres and numerous stunning views are what await the ca 300 participants of the first trail challenge along the White Ring. The route between Lech, Zürs, and Zug is made up of challenging ascents, flat sections, and fast descents. While professional trail runners take on the challenge of the entire route which leads them over almost 30 kilometres, the small heroes’ class is an alternative for leisure time runners and those who like to indulge rather than push. Equipped with trail running or hiking shoes they can overcome the circular route spanning 11.1 kilometres and 665 altitude metres which also offers plenty of ascents and descents as well as picturesque views. Another way of taking on this challenge is as a group; with teams of two or three covering the entire route in legs.
The route goes against the winter event’s direction and starts in the White Ring’s finish area. Panoramic highlights along the challenge include the view of Gipslöcher and Kriegeralpe, Madlochjoch, and Rüfikopf. The paths of the big and the small heroes’ class separate at the refreshment station by Zug’s golf course. All participants will finish in the starting area in Lech.
Challenge or no challenge – trail runners have long discovered Lech Zürs for themselves. The high altitude air, the right routes for every runner, and the stunning scenery make the region a true El Dorado with ideal training conditions.
The framework programme for Der Weisse Ring – Die Trailchallenge already starts on Friday, 16 August 2019. The sports event starts on Saturday, 17 April 2019 at 9am and the award ceremony is scheduled for 4pm in the village centre. At the official After Run Pary everyone gets to celebrate together.