Sep 11, 19

Downhill running race returns to the world’s most notorious ski slope


Fearless runners will launch themselves down near-vertical gradients in a race on the world’s most notorious ski slope.

Returning for a second year, the inov-8 Descent Race on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbuhel, Austria, is being staged on October 5 – and entries remain open.

Revered amongst downhill skiers on the world cup circuit, the Hahnenkamm, which steepens to an insane gradient of 80 per cent, will provide runners with the ultimate opportunity to test their bravery.
inov-8 COO Michael Price said: “It’s got to be one of the most innovative and, although relatively short in distance, toughest sporting events in the world.

“Last year saw hundreds of spectators line the legendary slope and watch on as runners got to grips with the demanding 350m long slalom-style course. This year we’re expecting even bigger crowds and even faster speeds!”

Starting from the iconic ski gate at the top of the mountain, runners will propel themselves down the slope at 30-second intervals. Between them and the finish line below will be a series of ski flags which they must weave round.

Each runner will get two attempts at the course, with their times added together to decide the final results. The male and female winner will each receive €300.

Last year’s victors were Daniel Hauser and Lisa Kroll, who also hold the course records at 54:65secs and 1min 22:18secs respectively.

Price added: “To tame the Hahnenkamm, runners will need total commitment and lots of underfoot traction. Our graphene-enhanced running shoes, like the MUDCLAW G 260, offer the world’s toughest grip to those racing the world’s toughest downhill.”

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With a gradient in places of 80% and multiple daredevil drops, the iconic Streif ski slope on the Hahnenkamm mountain in Kitzbühel, Austria, is regarded as the sport’s most notorious downhill.

However on the weekend of October 6th 2018 it was runners – not skiers – racing down its insanely-steep slopes, in the first-ever inov-8 Descent Race.

Starting from the ski gate at the top of the mountain, brave competitors from across Europe propelled themselves down the slope at 30-second intervals to the finish line 110 vertical metres below.

Between them and the end point were a series of red and blue ski flags, which runners slalomed their way through in two heats. Their times for each heat were added together to decide the final results.

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Video produced by Matthias Kreuz.

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