A STUBAI LOCAL MATADOR AND A GERMAN LIVING IN INNSBRUCK GET THE SIEGE OVER THE LONG DISTANCE.
Fantastic running conditions and a spectacular backdrop ensure the best framework for the STUBAI ULTRATRAIL 2022. After the premiere of the STUBAI VERTICAL on Thursday, around 750 athletes from 28 nations started in 4 competitions on Saturday. Local hero Christian Stern won the 66 km longest and most demanding course with 4,700 vertical meters, starting in Innsbruck and ending on the Stubai Glacier. Among the women, the German Heidi Annemarie Schwartz, who lives in Innsbruck, prevailed over the favored Dutchwoman Ragna Debats.
After the heavy rain the day before, the weather calmed down during the night and the runners of the STUBAI ULTRATRAIL expected the best running conditions for one of the most beautiful and toughest ultra trail events in the Alps. The start was at 1 a.m. in front of the Landestheater in Innsbruck, the finish was on the Eisgrat at 2,960 meters above sea level with the Stubai Glacier as a backdrop.
First win after three years and longest race
“3,2,1” – is the conclusion of the winner Christian Stern. Because after a third and a second place in previous years, he now managed the coup and won the home race in 8:10:25 hours. “A dream comes true. I was already speculating on a win, but in between I twisted my ankle and was in severe pain on the downhills. I’m all the happier to have it. It was tremendous!” Second was Martin Pfeffer from Germany ahead of Austria’s David Wöhrer.
In the women’s race, Heidi Annemarie Schwartz (Skinfit Crew) won in 9:44:37 ahead of Regan Debats (Team Merrell) from the Netherlands. “That was my longest race so far with the most vertical meters. I’m all the happier that I was able to save the lead over Ragna to the finish, because she kept catching up a lot on the downhills,” explained the winner. Third was her German compatriot Ramona Falk.
Clear and concise decisions on shorter routes
The Englishman Robby Simpson (Team adidas Terrex) celebrated a clear favorite win at the Stubai K32. He covered the distance from Neustift to the glacier in 3:20:10 hours with a quick lead of 20 minutes. Clear victory also with the women. Lisa Wimmer from Germany wins in 4:22:59 hours, beating the competition by 13 minutes.
It was closer at the Stubai K20: The Czech Tomas Hudec (Team Inov-8) secured victory in 2:06:11 hours and was less than 1 minute ahead of the Stubai native Alexander Hutter from Team Scott Austria. The German Sarah Kistner prevailed among the women.
Siege at all distances
The short distance Stubai K9 was won by the South African Bianca Tarboton, who started for adidas Terrex, and the Austrian Philipp Brugger from Austria. Brugger is the only runner who has won all competitions in the history of the STUBAI ULTRATRAIL (with the exception of the STUBAI VERTICAL, which took place for the first time this year.
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