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Ultra Running | 01.12.2017 | by Harald Angerer from Auffi Muas I

There I stood -- on a Saturday morning, in the middle of Kals in East Tyrol, in the rain. Indeed, I was not alone. Not at all. Because along side me stood hundreds of other enthusiastic trail runners, men and women, waiting for the starting gun. We all had our eye on the same goal: Kaprun, on the other side of Tauer. Our collective mission, the Grossglockner Ultra Trail. OK, well, maybe not totally. I had chosen the middle-distance course for the first-time, the Kalser Tauern Trail. In front of us were 50 kilometers and some 2,000 meters of climbing.

At the foot of Glockner

Finally, the starting gun went off, and off we went, heading out of Kals toward Kalser Tauernhaus and Kalser Tauern. The forest road snaked through the valley, and it stopped raining. The farther we ran through the valley, the narrower the trail became until finally we merged with the amazing trails of Kalser Tauern. But of course it wasn’t about to stay so comfy because the first proper climb to the Kalser Tauern was really something. Find a rhythm, hold a pace, and just don’t stop -- that was my mantra. That worked well too. Arriving at the top, we were greeted by a snowfield. The rain had in fact stopped, but now and then it still drizzled, and the wind was quite strong. We headed quickly toward Rudolf’s Hut. This section is completely breathtaking, even when the clouds hide the expansive views. The countryside at the foot of Glockner is simply breathtaking. At the aid station, it was all about refilling our energy stores. Unfortunately, I was doing a little battle with my stomach. Still, the station was so well supplied that even I found something. Two cans of cola, and pretty soon I was ready to go again, off on another spectacular section.

GGUT 110

110 Kilometer; 6.500 Höhenmeter

Wann: Freitag, 27. Juli 2018 in Kaprun


 

Großglockner Trail

75 Kilometer; 4.000 Höhenmeter

Wann: Samstag, 28. Juli 2018 in Kals am Großglockner

Weißsee Gletscherwelt Trail

30 Kilometer; 1.500 Höhenmeter

Wann: Samstag, 28. Juli 2018 an der Berghotel Rudolfshütte

Tipps zur Saisonvorbereitung

The downhill again demanded all I had, and back in the valley my thighs were pretty spent already. But, no matter, it wasn’t that much farther to the finish line. That kicked off the battle along the last five kilometers. You think, five kilometers, that’s nothing, right? Well, think again. It’s a whole lot when you are running on empty. Still, the last two were pretty entertaining. On the way toward the finish I was cheered on over and over, and I even saw some friends. That motivated me for the last kilometers. Then It was finally over. The mood at the finish was stupendous and already waiting for me was -- what else? -- a cool cola.

 

The GGUT 2017 for me was a bigger struggle than I’d hoped, with stomach problems persisting throughout the entire race. Nevertheless, the race remains a fond memory with its unbelievable scenery and really cool course. So, GGUT, I’ll be seeing you!

 

The GGUT and all of its four race courses are a real challenge, but still completely breathtaking. Not only experienced ultrarunners will fully enjoy this event, but also trained novices. On July 27, 2018, it’ll be that time again.

The butterflies in my stomach kicked in slowly and only minutes from the start I tried to calm myself down a bit. Did I train well? Do I feel good? What will the course be like? I was ripped from my thoughts suddenly as all of a sudden the two Ultra Trail leaders, Klaus Gössweiner and Gerald “Sancho” Fister, ran past us. That put a sudden stop to my tuning out. Impressed by the performance of both top athletes, we too wanted to get going.

From this point on, I was familiar with the course, and I knew that a tough climb was facing us up to Kaprun Törl. The first stretch is quite runnable, but then it’s all about just knuckling down and conquering the steep climb to Kaprun Törl. But you still need to save a little oomph since a long downhill comes right after the Törl. It leads down to Mooserboden Reservoir (Stausee) over beautiful, but very narrow trails. Just don’t make a mistake so as not to twist an ankle. At Mooserboden, another small aid station, and they had cola too. That was my savior, because cola luckily always goes down. So I again had a some strength for a few kilometers, and I needed that for the long downhill to the valley. Even the weather played along to help you be in a better mood. The sun came out, and that let me enjoy the sections along the two reservoirs and down into the valley despite the effort.

Kalser Tauern Trail

50 Kilometer; 2.000 Höhenmeter

Wann: Samstag, 28. Juli 2018 in Kals am Großglockner

GGUT 110|2:

Der GGUT 110 als Zweierstaffel; Start in Kaprun

Wann: Freitag, 27. Juli 2018 in Kaprun

Anmeldung und weitere Infos unter www.ultratrail.at

 GGUT 110 - 110 kilometers; 6,500 meters of climbing

When: Friday, July 27, 2018, in Kaprun

 

Grossglockner Trail - 75 kilometers; 4,000 meters of climbing

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Kals on Grossglockner

 

Kalser Tauern Trail - 50 kilometers; 2,000 meters of vertical

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Kals on Grossglockner

 

Weisssee Gletscherwelt Trail - 30 kilometers; 1,500 meters of climbing

When: Saturday, July 28, 2018, at Berghotel Rudolf’s Hut.

 

GGUT 110|2: GGUT 110 as a two-person team; start in Kaprun

When: Friday, July 27, 2018, in Kaprun

 

Registration and more information at www.ultratrail.at

Cola is always good!

Großglockner Ultratrail 2017

Großglockner Ultratrail 2017