Just a few days now remain before the off of the 5th Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon, a 21.097-kilometre half-marathon with an overall elevation change of 601 metres. A total of 700 athletes from 13 nations will compete in this event on Europe’s largest plateau. All bibs for the half-marathon have now been snapped up and the countdown to the start from centre of Compaccio (1,800 above sea level) on July 2 has begun. Participants can collect their number from the Running Expo, a showcase for all the latest running gear, on the day before the event. The #alperun social media competition will also give everyone involved the chance to snap a photo that captures their experience of the race.
Excitement is building in the run-up to the 5th Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon which will see 700 athletes presenting themselves at the start-line of the 21.097-kilometre event in the centre of Compaccio at an altitude of 601 metres. This will be a particularly spectacular half-marathon thanks to the stunning setting which offers views of the Sassolungo, Sassopiatto and Sciliar massifs. Personal bests aside, all the competitors are sure to enjoy running through the lush green countryside of the plateau with the adrenaline buzz of competition keeping them going.
Once again this year, participant numbers were capped at 700 and all bibs were sold, demonstrating the huge attraction the Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon holds for runners from across the world. In fact, athletes from Canada, the United States and South Africa will join others from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Britain, Holland, Norway and Sweden. Significantly, the half marathon also has a very high number of female competitors – 180 in all, amounting to a quarter of entries which is well above the average figure of around 10 per cent for running events.
Participants can pick up their bibs between the hours of 14.00 and 19.00 on the day before the race (Saturday, July 1) from the Running EXPO Area at the Cabinovia Alpe di Siusi Cable Car start point in Siusi allo Sciliar. The Expo Area is open to retailers, athletes and all running enthusiasts, and offers a chance to try out all the new products about to come on the market for the 2018 season. The Expo Area is open to the public from 10.30 to 20.00 – more than 50 different brands have stands. Visitors can not only buy the products on offer but also test them out on the trails at the Alpe di Siusi Running Park.
The Running EXPO Area is also open on the day of the race, Sunday, July 2, and on Monday, July 3, but only for retailers invited by the organisers.
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YOUR RACE IN A SINGLE SHOT
How better to remember a day of sport and fun than by snapping a photo? The #alperun competition invites athletes and spectators alike to take a photo as their tribute to the race.
To take part in the competition, just Like the Seiser Alm/Alpe di Siusi Facebook page or Instagram profile, take a photo on the race day (before 24.00) you feel encapsulates the emotions and atmosphere of the Alpe di Siusi Half Marathon, add the #alperun hashtag and then share on the Alpe di Siusi Facebook and Instagram pages. The winner will receive a very special prize: a weekend for two at the lovely Hotel Arvina in Siusi allo Sciliar!
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