In about three months, Brixen will once again become the mountain running capital of the entire Alpine region. On Saturday, 3 July, the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon will take place, with participants able to choose from four different distances with varying degrees of difficulty. To accommodate undecided participants, the organizers recently decided to keep the discounted registration fees for longer.
The current situation in the midst of the Corona pandemic is not only a great challenge for the organisers of the big Brixen mountain running event. After all, a suitable safety protocol has to be worked out and applied already in the preparation phase. No, the participants are also confronted with many uncertainties and today, about three months before the starting signal at the Cathedral Square in Brixen, they cannot yet assess with absolute certainty whether they will be able to come to Brixen or not.
“Of course we are all very optimistic and confident. We assume that we will be able to stage the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon on 3 July without any problems – in compliance with all the necessary protocols and guidelines and ensuring the greatest possible safety. Last late summer we were able to stage several major events and we can take our cue from the experience of our colleagues at home and abroad. Nevertheless, there is some uncertainty – especially among the participants. This has prompted us not to increase the entry fees as of 31 March, but to keep the current prices for the next few weeks until 31 May,” explains Christian Jocher, OC President of the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon.
650 registrations from 28 different nations
The registration fee for the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon (42.195 km/2450 hm) is therefore still 69 euros, or 90 euros for teams of two and 140 euros for teams of four. For the LadiniaTrail (29 km/1852 hm) an entry fee of 45 euros is due until further notice, for the Dolomites Ultra Trail (84 km/4728 hm) however 180 euros per team of two. Participation in the Villnöß Dolomites Run (22.3 km/400 hm), which is celebrating its premiere this year, costs 40 euros. Registrations for the individual races as part of the spectacular Brixen mountain running weekend are being accepted on the official website www.brixenmarathon.com .
The fact that there is a great desire among mountain runners to exercise in nature and also to finally compare themselves with other athletes again is underlined by the current numbers of participants. To date, around 650 athletes from no less than 28 different nations have registered for the Brixen Dolomiten Marathon. “On the one hand, we are naturally delighted by this great rush. At the same time, however, it is also a great responsibility, because it is all the more our incentive to run a race in absolute safety for the participants, their relatives, as well as our countless volunteers. For this reason, we will also introduce a participant cap for the four distances in the next few weeks, so that there are no crowds along the routes,” concludes Jocher.