St. Anton am Arlberg: Sporty Summer 2019

Mountain enthusiasts, cross-border athletes and endurance aficionados convene in St. Anton am Arlberg during the warm season. An array of summer sports events have established themselves against the striking alpine backdrop of this Austrian “global village". The competitions are almost always fast-paced and arduous - whether on two wheels or on foot. More relaxed conditions also lure less ambitious or very young participants to the start-lines. Equally welcome are those who just prefer to come and savour the pleasant Tyrolean mountain air as a spectator.

Montafon Arlberg Marathon
Montafon Arlberg Marathon ©Montafon Tourismus GmbH/Fotograf Andreas Haller

Transcending borders:
Montafon Arlberg Marathon – 29th June 2019
The starting pistol for the 17th “Montafon-Arlberg-Sparkassen-Marathon“ will be fired in St. Anton am Arlberg on 29th June. Approximately 600 participants particularly appreciate the challenging run for its scenic route, with 42 kilometres (1,250 metres in elevation difference) leading mostly through alpine forest and hiking trails. The route will be run in reverse order from St. Anton to Silbertal and Montafon for the first time in 2019. The highest point is the provincial border between Vorarlberg and Tyrol at 1,945 metres. In addition to the supreme discipline, hobby athletes can also complete the shorter T33 Trail or the Panorama Run for beginners (17 kilometres) on the same day. Juniors compete in five age groups on the children's trail.

Unique trilogy:
Arlberg Jakobi Run – 27th July 2019
In contrast to conventional triathlons, the three disciplines of the "Arlberg Eagle" in St. Anton am Arlberg are spaced over four months. The prelude to this worldwide unique mountain triathlon is the iconic ”White Thrill“ event on 21st April 2019 - a crazy spectacle for participants and spectators alike. Competitors then have to maintain fitness levels until 27th July, when the next discipline, the ”Arlberg Jakobi Run” (ca 21 kilometres) is on the cards. Shorter distances apply for the easier triathlon variant, the “Arlberg Marmot,”, which is held on the same dates: the "Fit & Fun" section of the Jakobi Run is eight and a half kilometres long. The third part of the "Arlberg Eagle" trilogy is the "Arlberg Bike Marathon" on 24th August 2019.

Road race cycling for the hard-core: Arlberg Giro and
International Cycle Criterion – 3rd 4th August 2019
150 kilometres and 2,500 metres of altitude difference on high alpine mountain roads - around 1,500 athletes will need an iron will to defy the odds in dry heat, dusty air, stormy wind or constant rainfall, depending on which weather conditions prevail during the “Arlberg Giro” on 4th August. This punishing road bike tour, which is marked this year by the element of fire, leads from St. Anton over the Arlberg Pass to Bludenz, through Montafon, over the winding Silvretta High Alpine Road and back to St. Anton am Arlberg via Paznauntal. On the eve of the race, interested spectators can also watch the “International Cycle Criterion”, when top-notch pros race 30 laps through the narrow streets of St. Anton. The criterion is among the fastest in all of Austria.

Third act "Arlberg Adler":
Arlberg Bike Marathon - 24th August 2019
The high alpine terrain of St. Anton am Arlberg is equipped with everything you need for a challenging bike marathon: demanding ascents, varied routes and trails, as well as motivating views that amply reward all the exertion. 35 kilometres (1,322 metres in elevation) must be overcome during the “Arlberg Bike Marathon” on 24th August, after the starting pistol is fired at 10 hrs in the pedestrian zone. Some participants will not only be competing for victory on the day, but vying for the much coveted ”Arlberg Eagle“ winner’s trophy - because the Arlberg Bike Marathon is also the final discipline of this legendary mountain triathlon. The less arduous "Arlberg Marmot" variant is called the "Bike Classic" and covers 20 kilometres.

Eight stages and four countries in teams of two:
Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run – 1st /2nd September 2019
A stage of probably the hardest alpine crossing in Europe takes several hundred teams of two from Lech to Landeck in Tyrol via the stage destination of St. Anton am Arlberg on the 1st and 2nd September. The entire high-alpine-trail-run extends from Oberstdorf in Allgäu to Sulden at Mount Ortler in South Tyrol, covering 260 kilometres and 16,000 metres in altitude difference, over eight stages and four countries. The Gore-Tex Transalpine-Run is considered to be one of the world's most gruelling multi-day races, whose arduous challenge attracts ambitious mountain and marathon runners.