Südtirol Ultra Skyrace: for the second year, the winner is Daniel Jung

Also in 2017 Südtirol Ultra Skyrace brings Daniel Jung's signature. The 34-year-old from Laces completed the 121 km route and 7554 meters of altitude in the Sarentine Alps at 18: 33.12 hours. For women, however, to win the athlete of the house Maria Kemenater with a time of 21: 58.18 hours, missing the record of only 25 seconds.

After the start of the 5th Südtirol Ultra Skyrace, at 8 p.m. in Piazza Walther in Bolzano, Daniel Jung started like the clappers. Together with Philipp Reiter (Bad Reichenhall, Germany) he lead the about 210 runners dictating the speed. After the control track Corno del Renon, Jung increased the speed, preciding his competitors by almost one hour. From KM 75, though, the athlete from Val Venosta had to pay the price for the efforts of the last weeks: two weeks ago Jung had taken part in the Eiger Ultra Trail and not yet completely recovered.

"Today I risked it all. After KM 75 I had a crisis which went on until the finish. From that moment, I did no longer care about the time, I only wanted to finish the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace", said Jung, who reached the finish after 18:33.12 hours. The second place went to Philipp Reiter from Bavaria, and the 52 year old from Santa Valburga Oswald Wenin ranked three with a time of 19:37.39 hours. 

Just like for the men, the women performed a start-finish victory. Maria Kemenater immediately set off at the lead of the participants and ran a lonely race. For a long time the 46 year old seemed to be able to break the track record, but after 121 km and an altitude differential of 7554 m she missed it by very little. "If I had known, I would not have stopped at the last catering point and kept on running instead", declared the happy winner who triumphed on the middle distance last year.
On second position closed the french ultra-runner Melanie Rousset (24:56.28), third Vroni Heidrich from Germany (25:06.35). Three time winner Annemarie Gross from Merano had to break off the race at the Passo Pennes due to stomach problems.  

In the medium distance Stefan Tschurtschenthaler prevailed of the Südtirol Skyrace (69 km/3930 m altitude differential) that started in the morning on Prati del Talvera. Stefan won in 7:34.49 hours leaving Alfred Psenner on the second place. Mattia Depaoli completed the podium.
The women's category was won by the 28 year old from Germany Daniela Oemus, who set a new fabulous record of 8:32.12 hours. "Really a great race. In Sarentino I think the whole village was there – I have never seen such a participation in Germany, not even in bigger towns", said the winner of the Rennsteiglauf 2016. The second place went to Regina Spieß, rank three went to the winner of the Südtirol Sky Marathons 2016, Birgit Klammer from Gherdeina Runners (9:06.37).    

The Südtirol Sky Marathon with a length of 42.2 km and an altitude differential of 2863 m went to Daniel Rohringer. The 27 year old from Austria prevailed with a time of 4:14.49 hours, missing the course record by far. At Corno del Renon, Rohringer was 12 minutes behind top favourite Hannes Perkmann, but managed to outrun him at Chiesetta del Morto. The La Sportiva ambassador, Perkmann, finished second in 4:17.32 hours. Third place went to Martin Psenner.
The women’s race was won by Lorenza Bortoluzzi from Trentino. The 38 year old from Sarnonico, who finished third last year, won in 5:38.29 hours. Gertraud Höllrigl came second with a delay of 6.27 minutes on Bortoluzzi, place three went to Antonia Winkler from Klagenfurt who reached the finish in Sarentino in 5:49.44 hours.  

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