3rd Apple Blossom Run 2010
Raas-Rasa (Italy), Sunday 2 May 2010
The scenic Blütenlauf travels around the Apfelhochplateau Natz-Schabs, an apple-growing plateau in South Tyrol. Although in Italy, German is the prevalent language in this alpine province.
With about 130 finishers it's a relatively small event, held in a traditional atmosphere. It's organized by the local fire brigade which celebrates its 100th jubilee this year, and it features live music by the folk group "Etschland Express".
Participants have the choice between the 8.3km and the 12.6km race.
The route is very undulating. The start and the finish are at an elevation of 830m in the village of Raas. The highest point on the course is at 911m above sea level.
Participants run through blossoming apple orchards, a wood, and several villages. Most of the course is on trails and dirt roads. Some sections are on minor roads. The panoramic views are marvellous.
In 2009, the 12.8k winners were Günther Mair (46:15) and Josefina Leitner (57:47).
Venue (Map): Raas/Rasa (Brixen/Bressanone 5km, Bolzano 50km, Innsbruck 78km)
Date: 2 May 2010 (Sunday)
Race distance: 8.3km, 12.6km
Start time: 13.30 (8.3km), 13.35 (12.6km)
Start and finish: Festplatz in Raas
Entries: online, payment on the day; late entries on the day
Entry fees: 15 EUR (until 19 April), 20 EUR (until 29 April), 25 EUR (late entries)
Race centre: Festplatz in Raas (from 11.30-13.00)
You get: goody bag, pasta party after the race
Showers and changing facilities: Grundschule Raas (primary school)
Number of finishers 2009: 33 (8.3km), 94 (12.8km)
Event website (in German and Italian): www.natz-schabs.info
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