Successful Premiere for Cross-Country Skiing Event:
- The new course layout, a diverse program, and various competitions for different target groups were well-received.
- ORF star Philipp Jelinek led the warm-up for all participants and also took part in the race.
(January 15, 2024, Ramsau/Schladming) – A fantastic premiere for the new “Dachsteinlauf,” which took place for the first time in Ramsau over the weekend: Dreamy weather and optimal conditions on the track attracted around 1,000 Nordic athletes from all over Europe and even the USA to Styria. This number of participants had not even been reached in the popular predecessor event, the “Tour de Ramsau,” in recent years. The TVB Schladming-Dachstein, in collaboration with WSV Ramsau, presented an innovative concept this year as the new organizer, with some attractive changes in the competitions and course layout. The revival of the tradition of “Volkslanglauf” (public cross-country skiing) proved to be a real success recipe.
A real ski marathon legend was also there – Stanislav Rezac (CZE), a runner who has been successful in the long-distance scene for years, came out on top in the 42-kilometre classic. Among other things, the Czech won the first edition of the Ski Classics series in 2011.
The EL team was also successful with a number of starters and, in addition to a one-day victory and three third places, also achieved a number of top ten finishes.
For an optimal warm-up on Saturday, none other than ORF star Philipp Jelinek, known from the TV show “Fit mit Philipp,” took care of it. Jelinek is himself an enthusiastic amateur cross-country skier and participated in the Dachsteinlauf (98th place in the 10 km skating competition). In addition to four exciting races, participants were also offered great side events. A special highlight was the Euroloppet European Championship 2024, which took place on the new course. And apparently, there is currently no need to worry about the cross-country skiing youth: More than 130 young participants achieved remarkable success in the children’s and junior races.
Full enjoyment in one race:
The Nordic athletes were thrilled by the abundance of sporting action and the new course with 42 kilometers on the perfectly groomed trails across the Ramsau Plateau. The motto was: “The full enjoyment in one race.” For beginners in competitive events and for teams, there was also a shorter round of 10 kilometers. The new “Genusslauf” (pleasure run) combined cross-country skiing with regional culinary delights. Various dishes from local businesses could be sampled on a 5-kilometer route without time pressure.
All results of the individual competitions can be found online at www.dachsteinlauf.at.