A varied route
The start of the Ratschings Mountain Trail is located in the immediate vicinity of the valley station of the ski area. Afterwards, the participants run on an asphalt side road (about 1.2 km), then continue on wide paths with a moderate gradient until the end of the valley. In Flading, at km 5, the runners leave the bottom of the valley behind them and the ascent to the Klammalm must be mastered. “At the beginning, the route follows an old access road, then it goes into more alpine terrain and you quickly gain altitude. Above the tree line, a special highlight of the race awaits the participants, as the course runs over a mountain peak at almost 2,000 m above sea level with wonderful panoramic views,” reveals Schölzhorn.
It is not far from here to the Klammalm. This is where the transition zone for the relay participants is located. Afterwards, the route follows a forest road slightly downhill to the start of the Ratschinger Almenwanderung. “This is probably the most beautiful section of the entire trail, with moderate up and down passages, mostly above the tree line. The athletes will pass the inner and outer Wumblsalm, pass a beautiful viewpoint with a weather cross and complete the last, more striking ascent of the race to the Saxnerhütte”, Schölzhorn continues. From here, the final section of the race is about three kilometres long. At first, the route runs slightly downhill to the Wasserfalleralm, then continues on undulating terrain to the Rinneralm. Immediately after the Rinneralm, the trail runners circle the reservoir and pass another weather cross. This is where the participants’ gaze falls on the majority of the completed route in the valley and along the Almenweg. After the storage lake, a short downhill run, then a flat run across the meadow towards the finish line for the last sprint and you’re done.