A new “giant slalom race for all” has been created with the “Catch me if you can” event, in which 222 participants compete against each other and the clock.
As in the case of “The White Thrill”, numbers are limited. The athletes commence their journey upwards in mystical ambience with the Galzigbahn cable car at 17 hrs, where competitors start at one-minute intervals in teams of two directly from the mountain terminal of the Valluga cable car. After a short ascent on skis, the athletes duel it out over a 5km long giant slalom course in the darkness. Headlamps are used, so racers don’t lose their orientation entirely. The giant-slalom courses are parallel in parts and even merge at several sections. There are no restrictions, however, to where competitors can overtake. Whoever manages to beat not only their direct opponent but also the best overall time, will be celebrated as the winner of this event’s premiere. The fastest and slowest teams will also be fêted in special style. Spectators are expected to flock to the finish line, where they will wait to welcome the finishers with rapturous applause. DJ In-style is also on hand to provide some tunes after this incredible sporting challenge, followed by an after-party and prize-giving ceremony at Arlberg WellCom.
10.00 - 14.00 hrs: Start number allocations at 'Arlberg WellCom'
12.00 - 16.00 hrs: course inspection
17.00 hrs: ascent to the race (staggered start according to bib numbers)
17.30 hrs: start of the race
20.00 hrs: award ceremony at the 'Arlberg WellCom'
20.30 - 23.00 hrs: afterparty at the 'Arlberg WellCom'
The registration portal opens on 1st September 2019, where participants are advised to register early, as the first 50 entrants can look forward to receiving tickets for the concert on Saturday. The entry fee costs € 59 and includes the lift pass.
“Whether the first ski races at the turn of the century, the first Arlberg Kandahar Race, or the famous skiing films - St. Anton am Arlberg has always embodied the superlative. We want to continue to do justice to our reputation and offer participating athletes an extraordinary competition,” says Organising Committee Chief, Peter Mall.