During June 22-24 I participated in a so called Trail Camp in Brixern in the South Tyrol located on the Italian side of the border. The event was organized by Gore who invited bloggers, journalists and other influencers to prepare us for what´s to come, the GORE-TEX Transalpine run RUN2, taking place september 2.
RUN2 is a new concept for the 2018 GORE-TEX Transalpine Run where runners gets the chance to, in pairs of two, run the first two stages of the strenuous Transalpine Run. However, this trail is not to be underestimated. The distance covered during the two days of RUN2 is abut 70 kilometers, which I now know will be a huge challenge after trying out the terrain of the Alps.
It's a remarkable experience, unlike anything I have ever done before.
The first day started with gathering the gear, containing everything from jackets to shoes and headlamp - everything you might need for a tough day of trailrunning in the mountains. The Shakedry jacket is an amazing garment. Super light, easy to bring and keeps you dry at all times. I have been using the garments while working out at home and during a ultra race in Sweden and they work really well. The lightweight pants are comfortable and dry really fast.
After lunch it was time to get acquainted with the terrain by going for a short 7 km run. But as they say, no rest for the wicked. Saturday started with a 7 am breakfast followed by a 26 km run in the beautiful, but harsh, mountain terrain of the Alps, and I have to say, it's a remarkable experience, unlike anything I have ever experienced before.
After two days of running we treated our legs with foam rollers and received advice on how to use them. Foam rollers is a tool for self-massage helping your muscles and tendons to stretch properly. During the course we encountered some very steep parts, really getting your pulse going evan though it was impossible to run, and the rods we were given proved extremely helpful.
The third and last day of the Trail camp day started with a 3am wake-up call for an "Early Morning Sunrise Run" which gave us the chance to try out our headlamps from Ledlenser.
For me, this was a good preparation for the run in september. We got to experience running in that altitude and running several kilometers down mountains. I also enjoyed getting acquainted the other participants and everybody from GORE-TEX, particularly Annette and Andy who have been amazingly positive and inspiring. I am truly grateful and for getting to be a part of this weekend and the upcoming GORE-TEX Transalpine Run RUN2. My motivation is on top and I can't wait to get back to the alps.
The GORE-TEX Transalpine Run RUN2 is a brand new race originating from the GORE-TEX Transalpine Run where 300 teams of two complete 250 kilometres and 16,000 vertical metres across the Alps on foot. The GORE-TEX Transalpine Run RUN2 consists of two days, enabling more athletes to begin their dream of participating in an alpine crossing and taking them one step closer in running a full Transalpine Run. The two stages of the RUN2 are not to be underestimated. Stage one starts in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (at around 700 metres above sea level) and leads 43.7km through the Wetterstein Mountains to Nassereith. Runners will complete a total of 2470 vertical metres of uphill. Day two begins in Nassereith and the runners will after 27.6 kilometres and 1624 vertical metres arrive to their gole in Imst.
RUN2 will also include the VIP Charity run with teams of two where one of the runners is an invited charity participant, where Gore donates 4 800 Euro to chosen charity organisations. Christer will be in one of the 100 teams in RUN2. Additional 300 teams participating in the seven-day race on the start line on Sunday, 2 September 2018 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany will join them