Sexten/Sesto (Italy), Sunday 12 September 2010
13th South Tyrol Three Peaks Alpine Race 2010
13. Corsa delle Tre Cime 2010
Spectacular scenery and marvellous organization - this is a race we can wholeheartedly recommend!
You need to be well prepared, however. The route through the bizarre landscape of the Sexten Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy, climbs 1350 metres in 17.5 kilometres. You run up to an elevation of over 2500 metres where the air is thin and the heart beats faster.
The start is in Sexten (Italian: Sesto), a very popular summer and winter sport resort at an elevation of 1320 metres. The town is very close to the Austrian border, and more than 95 per cent of the population speak German as a first language.
After a short lap through the village the route runs 3.5 kilometres on asphalt roads and another 3.5 kilometres on dirt roads slightly uphill along the wooded Fischleintal (Fischlein Valley).
You then face a much steeper, 7-kilometre-long climb on mountain trails.
The highest point on the course (2528m) is at the 14-kilometre mark.
Fearless runners usually gain some places on the following steep downhill section on scree.
The last 500 metres to the finish at the Dreizinnen Mountain Hut (2405m) are uphill again.
The views of the world-famous Three Lavaredo Peaks (Italian: Tre Cime di Lavaredo, German: Drei Zinnen) and of the finisher buffet are phenomenal.
A helicopter brings your personal clothing to the finish but you have to walk back down to the valley. However, you can take a short cut, and thanks to a free bus service you don't need to walk the last kilometres.
In case of hazardous weather the event will be transferred to a shorter and safer route on the other side of the valley. So far, this occured only once, in 2008.
Over the years, many world-class athletes have taken part in the race. In 2009, the winners were Anna Frost of New Zealand (1:42:59) and Germany's Helmut Schiessl (1:28:51).
Race report, results and photos: 2009
Venue (Map): Sexten·Sesto (Innsbruck 140km, Villach 157km, Venice 177km)
Date: 12 September 2010 (Sunday)
Race distance: 17.5km (+1350m)
Start: 10.00 "Haus Sexten" (1320m)
Finish: Drei Zinnen mountain hut (2405m)
Entries: by post, fax, e-mail or online (in four languages); payment by credit card, cheque or bank transfer; entries close 11 September 2010 at 8pm; entry limit 1000 runners
Entry fees: 30 EUR (until 3 July); 35 EUR (until 4 September), 45 EUR (until 11 September)
Race centre: Haus Sexten (11 September 10.00-12.00 and 15.00-20.00; on the day 7.00 to 8.30)
You get: timing chip rental, transport of personal clothing to the finish; finisher medal, pasta party (after the race in Haus Sexten)
Prizes: first 10 men and 7 women
Showers and changing facilities: yes
Presentation: 15.30 in "Haus Sexten"
Number of finishers 2009: 735; 156 children
Event website (in English, German and Italian): www.dreizinnenmarathon.com
No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or completeness of the information on this page.