World Masters Mountain Running Championships Coming To Telfes, Austria

Announcement from Tourismusverband Stubai Tirol, host of the WMRA’s 2021 World Masters Mountain Running Championship. ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs is the WMRA treasurer.

The 2021 World Masters Mountain Running Championship for participants aged 35 to 79 will take place on September – a year later than planned – as part of the Schlickeralmlauf in the village of Telfes in the Stubai Valley, Austria.

The first major sporting event of summer 2021 in Stubai, the 4th Stubai Ultratrail, ran smoothly, boosting the confidence of the organizing team that the 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championships can also be held as planned at Telfes in the Stubai Valley.

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Telfus also hosted the 2014 World Masters Mountain Running Championships.

All masters American athletes interested are welcome to the World Masters Mountain Running Championship, there are no qualification requirements. To coordinate with other Americans planning to race please contact Nancy Hobbs at nanohobbs@gmail.com.

[PRO TIP: Why the World Masters Mountain Running Championships should be on your bucket list, written by ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs.]

Any athlete 35-79 years old can take part in the championship to be held September 3 and 5, 2021. For younger age groups, the Schlickeralmlauf will be held as an open race on September 4. To build the atmosphere, the now traditional children’s races, the charity race and the Telfer Wiesen Run will take place in the Stubai Valley on the preceding day.

Over the first weekend of September 2021, all eyes of the World Mountain Running Association (WMRA) will again be on Telfes in the Stubai Valley. Once more, the sunniest village in the valley is the venue for a major mountain running event. Now for the second time, the 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championship will take place using the course of the Schlickeralmlauf, as it did in 2014.

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The starting line in Telfes for the 7.1-mile course.

Established Trust and Proven Safety

“Our many years of successful cooperation with the World Mountain Running Association have paid off with the organization of the 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championships. When we had to cancel the championships last year, the WMRA stood by us. The award to hold the event was reserved for us. It did not go elsewhere, but was simply pushed back by a year,” says Andreas Stern, head of the organizing committee. “As things currently stand, the event will be able to go ahead provided that we abide by the Austrian ‘3G’ rules for Covid safety (tested, vaccinated or recovered). The safety policy has proven itself a success, as we were able to demonstrate with the first major running event of the year, the 4th STUBAI ULTRATRAIL. We nevertheless ask all participants to inform themselves carefully of the regulations from their various countries and to exercise appropriate caution. Then nothing should stand in the way of another weekend of running sport,” adds Adrian Siller, chairman of the Stubai Tirol Tourism Association.

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Running along the tram line in the first mile of the 7.1 mile course.

Two Starts, One Finish Line

The 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championships on September 4th, 2021 will start from two locations. The finish line, at 7,000 feet above sea level at the Kreuzjoch mountain station at the Schlick 2000 Hiking Centre, is the same for everybody. Women and men will be judged across nine age groups each. All women’s groups and the men over 55 will start from the Middle Station of the Kreuzjochbahn and will face a course of 4.5 miles involving a climb of 2,545 feet. Participants in the age groups M35 up to and including M50 will start from the village square in Telfes. Their course is 7.1 miles in length and climbs by 3,800 feet to the finish.

The 20th World Masters Mountain Running Championships are open to all keen mountain runners aged 35 or over. The upper age limit is 79 years. Aside from the world championships, of course, there will also be the opportunity to take part in an open competition on the Schlickeralmlauf once again. As usual, this starts from the village square in Telfes.

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Scenic single-track in the final 2 miles of the race.

Supporting Program

In addition to the race on Saturday, runners and spectators will be offered an attractive supporting program. The children’s races that have now become a tradition, and the charity race in which participants can earn a donation per lap for social purposes, will be held on Friday, September 3rd. Meanwhile the Telfer Wiesen Run invites all running enthusiasts to take part in a flat 5 mile circuit, before the official opening ceremony for the World Championship takes place in the evening, followed by Tyrolean hospitality in the community hall and in the Music Pavilion in Telfes.

Age group winners will be given awards after the races on the Saturday, after which the World Masters Mountain Running Championship will reach its finale with live music. On Sunday, visitors and participants will again have the chance to try one of the highlights of Stubai, such as the WildeWasserWeg, the Summer Toboggan Run at Mieders or perhaps to visit the Top of Tyrol summit platform on the Stubai Glacier. Registrations, still at a reduced rate until July 31, 2021, and further information are available at: www.schlickeralmlauf.com

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ATRA founder Nancy Hobbs finishing the 2014 World Masters race.

Any changes to the program as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic will be communicated via the race home page.

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