TRAIL SHORT DISTANCE – 10.1 KM / 633 METRES (uphill) / 633 METRES (downhill)
A “flat start” along the sunny side of the valley takes runners to the Gasthaus Vorderronach. From there they climb along a steep section via Lienbichl to the Berger-Machalm hut. This is the highest point of the course. Looking south, runners will be able to see almost the whole of the marathon route stretching out before them. After a descent along technical trails and forest roads to the Asteralm hut, the downhill section into the valley continues below the Hochmais Alm hut through lush meadows to the Maisalm hut. The course then concludes with one final extremely steep descent into the finish.
TRAIL LONG DISTANCE – 44.7 KM / 2107 METRES (uphill) / 3121 METRES (downhill)
Runners take the cable car up to the start on the eastern summit of the Schattberg mountain, where majestic views of Saalbach and the Glemmtal Valley await. From the start line the route leads past the western summit of the Schattberg mountain gently downhill to the first feed station at the Hackelbergalm hut. From there it is a short climb to the Medalscharte ridge and the heart of the course: the Seven Summits Trail. This beautiful high alpine trail connects seven mighty peaks one after the other. All in all the first 15km – via Sonnberg, Manlitzkogel and Gaisstein – can be characterised as rolling. Following the long mountain ridge, runners will see the glaciers of the Hohe Tauern Mountains to the south and the craggy peaks of the Kaiser Mountains to the north. They then leave the ridge behind and descend to the second feed station of the day at the Murnauer Hochalm. A short climb is then followed by a flat section through open meadows to the Hochtorsee lake. From the Saaljoch ridge high above the valley floor, runners will already be able to see the third feed station further below at the Ossmann Alm hut. After filling up the energy reserves, it is time to head uphill again onto the Spieleckkogel mountain. Here the trail once again follows the mountain ridge to the Hochalmspitze and continues downhill to the fourth and final feed station at the Sportalm hut in the Reiteralm ski resort. The long descent down to Saalbach is not too technical and takes runners all the way to the square in the centre of the village. This route is without a doubt one of the most beautiful anywhere in the Eastern Alps!
TRAIL MEDIUM DISTANCE – 20.8 KM / 1041 METRES (uphill) / 1041 METRES (downhill)
A trail to be enjoyed! Runners leave from the village square in Saalbach and head gently uphill via the Maisalm hut into the Spielbergtal Valley and on to the Wirtsalm hut. After around 250 vertical metres of climbing the trail reaches Maisereck. From here there is a forested section along a mountain ridge above the Glemmtal Valley offering fine views of the villages of Hochfilzen and Leogang as well as mountains such as the Birnhorn and Hochzint. Continuing along the Saalachtaler Höhenweg trail, runners reach the first feed station on the Kohlmaiskopf mountain. From there they head over the Wildenkarkogel mountain and past the Schönleitenhütte hut before the trail turns off the ridge just below Großer Asitz. Feed station number two near Igelsberg is reached after a steep downhill which will demand absolute concentration from the runners. The final run into Saalbach along the sunny side of the valley contains a few ups and downs all the way to the finish line.
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