adidas Infinite Trails World Championships 2019
THE FORMATOnly in it’s second year, the adidas Infinite Trails World Championships has already begun making it’s mark on the trail racing scene. This unique event, with sustainability at it’s heart, see’s amateur runners line up next to professional athletes and compete as teams in an innovative relay format.
THE PROLOGUEBefore runners take on the race itself, there is a prologue event on Thursday evening. This event see’s the teams take on a 15km course with just under 900m of vertical ascent. All runners compete as individuals in this mass start race, with the teams cumulative finishing times determining their start position for Saturday’s race.
More than just a course recce, the Prologue brings together the amazing running community that has gathered in this quiet corner of Austria for the first time. A chance to meet friends old and new and share some miles together.
127km of incredible mountain trails awaited the teams, with over 7600m of vertical ascent thrown in for good measure. This distance would be split across three loops.
Loop 1 would set the scene, starting at 4am and covering 25km with 1900m ascent. Featuring the steepest climb of the entire event, followed by a long technical descent, this is the sprint leg for runners that like to go hard.