Gore Tex Trans Alpine Race
We're a few days away from our little 7-day, 250 kilometer "adventure-bender" across the alps. This coming Sunday over 300 teams will toe-the-line in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany for the start of the Goretex Trans Alpine Stage Race. I've teamed up with fellow Merrell Ambassador and Boundless co-host, Simon Donato, to take on this mountain running classic. We've spent the past few months putting in high-volume weeks to get ready for seven, back-to-back marathons with over 50,000 feet of climbing.
Despite a few nagging ankle injuries, I've had a really great summer of training- building to 80+ mile weeks and sprinkling in some big days in the White Mountains. I'm feeling pretty good coming into race week. Simon and I had a chance to train together at his farm in Quebec earlier this month and I think we'll make a strong team. Having competed in ultra-endurance events all over the world as the host of Boundless, Simon brings some invaluable wisdom to my bull-in-a-china shop approach to racing.
The race is broken up into seven stages, each with varying distances and vertical ascent.
Stage 1: 22.6 miles // 6850 ft vert gain
Stage 2: 21 miles // 6637 ft vert gain
Stage 3: 29.7 miles // 9963 ft vert gain
Stage 4: 15.9 miles // 6190 ft vert gain
Stage 5: 20.6 miles // 4767 ft vert gain
Stage 6: 20.8 miles // 8005 ft vert gain
Stage 7: 22.6 miles // 6345 ft vert gain
Total: 153.6 miles // 48759 ft vert gain
The mandatory equipment list is relatively modest. I'll be running in my Merrell All out Peaks and wearing the Ultimate Direction SJ2 Vest packed with water, nutrition, and foul-weather gear. I'll also be using the Black Diamond Distance Carbon running poles to aid with the climbing.