More than 200 teams from over 40 countries competed in adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championship which took place in June 2019.
This unique and innovative race format sees pro and amateur runners compete side by side as relay teams of three to claim the adidas INFINITE TRAILS world title. First the runners complete a joint Prologue to determine their start slot for the relay race, which commences with a chasing start. Each team has to tackle a demanding, 120km+ long course consisting of three distinct loops that play to various running strengths. The time stops when the relay runners have raced the final kilometer together and cross the finish line as a team.
This stand-alone international pro-am race takes place in the stunning Gastein valley in SalzbugerLand, Austria. Each runner competes for their respective team and against the clock – because together the teams must cover a distance of 127 kilometres with 7,600m of elevation gain in a time under 21 hours.
The challenging racecourse is split into three distinct loops that play to various running strengths: a half-marathon (25km/1900vm), a marathon (40km/2100vm) and an ultramarathon (60km/3600vm). Admittedly, winning the adidas INFINITE TRAILS World Championships, which has attracted trail runners from over 45 different countries in 2019, is no mean feat. But for most participants that’s not what this race is about. The fact that you can get within touching distance of the stars of the sport and enjoy the same top-class support as if you were a professional paired with a three-day festival for runners is what makes this unique trail running relay so special.