Dedicated to the King of the Skies
No participants of the “Arlberg Eagle”, however, can rely on wings to carry them through the mountains. On the contrary, they must give their very all whilst skiing, running and cycling during the iconic alpine triathlon in St. Anton. Experienced athletes know they will need the discipline to stay top fit for around five months to even have a chance of taking the title. The starting pistol for the legendary triathlon is fired, namely on the final day of the winter season at “The White Thrill” downhill race at the end of April. After that, it is time to knuckle down to some serious endurance training in time for the ”Arlberg Jakobi Run” half marathon on 22nd July 2017. The triple challenge is rounded off by the Arlberg Bike Marathon on 19th August, after which the overall winner is awarded with the coveted „Eagle” trophy. Those who prefer to take things at a gentler pace can take part in the “light” triathlon, the “Arlberg Marmot“.
As if intoxicated: The „Arlberg Eagle“ summer competition
The ”Arlberg Jakobi Run“ half marathon kicks off at 16 hrs sharp on the 22nd July 2017 in the centre of St. Anton. The challenging course takes its contenders over the former railway track to the Nasserein district, and on through St. Jakob to the more peaceful Schann. The runners then follow the banks of the Rosanna River before arriving back in the Tyrolean village of Alpendorf - the first arriving after around one hour. The Arlberg Bike Marathon, the strenuous finale of this alpine triathlon on 19th August 2017, takes its participants along sections of gravel trails, sometimes heading steeply uphill. The starting pistol is fired at 10 hrs in St. Anton’s pedestrian zone, before the cycling aces set out on this varied route from the Putzenalpe via Mosstal Valley, during which 38 kilometres and 1,622 metres in altitude difference must be surmounted. After around two hours, the dramatic ride ends back in the centre of St. Anton - by which time the winner’s name of the coveted ”Arlberg Eagle“ trophy at the subsequent awards ceremony will be known. Those who prefer it a little less “extreme” can take part in the “Arlberg Marmot” - a toned down version of the triathlon, which is held on the same days, but with shorter distances: The Fit & Fun route for the Jakobi Run is almost nine kilometres long and the ”Arlberg Bike Classic“ is 25.6 kilometres long, with 934 metres in altitude difference.