Dolomiten Lauf

50 Years Dolomitenlauf in Lienz this weekend

Right as the Women Alpine Ski World Cup at te end of December, now is the Dolomitenlauf celebrating 50 years jubileum in Lienz from 16th to 19th January 2020 and with a special news: the return of the Dolomitensprint in Lienz as well as the Classical Technique race that will go from Heinfels to Lienz along the river Drau!

19.01.2019, Loipe Obertilliach, AUT, 45. Dolomitenlauf, Classicrace, im Bild Start // during the 45th Dolomitenlauf Classicrace at Obertilliach, Austria on 2019/01/19, EXPA Pictures © 2019 PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Dominik Angerer

The biggest Cross Country Ski race in Austria, founding member of the international Worldloppet Ski Federation has been always inspired by the following concept: it does not matter if for professionals, amateurs or free-time skiers, for each level and taste the motto is “everyone wins with themselves”.

The Dolomitensprint back to Lienz!

The Dolomitenlauf weekend will kick-off on Thursday 16th January with the “Romantiklauf” in Kartitsch and Friday from 18:00 will see the city center transformed in a xc-ski arena! First of all there will be the opening ceremony, followed by the notorious sprint race.

„After some years in Obertilliach are we going back to Lienz. I am very happy that we manage to organize the oldest sprint of the world in the main square again and we can’t wait for the exciting challenges among the World-cup atheletes”

Franz Theurl, Dolomitenlauf CEO
22.01.2016, Hauptplatz, Lienz, AUT, Dolomitenlauf, Dolomitensprint, im Bild Tobias Habenicht (AUT) und Reese Hannemann (USA // Tobias Hannemann of Austria and Reese Hannemann of United States of America during the Dolomitenlauf Dolomitensprint at the main square, Lienz, Austria on 2016/01/22, EXPA Pictures © 2016 PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Michael Gruber

Round 30 World sprinters will fight on the spectacular curvy track with ups and downs in front of thousands of spectators. A sprint race that can claim to be the oldest of the world, with its 40 years of history, celebrated this year with the 50 years of the Dolomitenlauf. On the day after the Dolomitensprint the event goes on at the Biathlon and Langlaufzentrum in Obertilliach, warming up for the Junior-Biathlon-WM 2021. This is the location of the 42 and 20 km Free-Technique Dolomitenlauf, with start and Finish both at the Biathlonzentrum. Obertilliach has been for over 10 years a snow-guarantee! The xc-ski slopes are already open in November from Kartitsch reaching Ober- and Untertilliach.
The Organising Committee is awaiting around 2000 skiers from 30 Nations!

Another Highlight on Sunday, January 19th, with the Classical Technique race not in Obertilliach, as in the past years, but along the river Drau to reach the finish line in the middle of Lienz, in the main square. The 42 km race crosses the villages Strassen, Abfaltersbach, Mittewald and Anras across meadows and forests.

The Saturday and Sunday race count to gain stamps for the Worldloppet Passport . Dolomitenlauf is, as told before, one of the founding member of the Federation in 1978. So far, many international racers have registered, 100 of them from Russia!

19.01.2019, Loipe Obertilliach, AUT, 45. Dolomitenlauf, Classicrace, im Bild Start // during the 45th Dolomitenlauf Classicrace at Obertilliach, Austria on 2019/01/19, EXPA Pictures © 2019 PhotoCredit: EXPA/ Dominik Angerer

So many World Cup Skiers in Osttirol

So far, many top athletes have registered to the Dolomitenlauf and the Dolomitensprint. Amongst them, the Suiss Toni Livers, that already won the race in 2015 and 2019. With him also the French Chauvet Benoit 3 times already on the podium of the FIS Worldloppet-Cup.

„Many Top- Athletes are still registering from the dominant contries Italy and France, including sprint athletes Nizzi and Gabrielli, together with the best Austrians Bernhard Tritscher and Tobias Habenicht. In the list also the biathlete Bernhard Leitinger will be at the start in Osttirol“,

Franz Theurl.  CEO is very satisfied

News 2020: all the races will be available in Livestream on www.dolomitensport.at !

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