Race Kitzbühel: Descend World’s Hardest Downhill Ski Course On Foot

Run down one of the world’s most storied racecourses in a footrace unlike any other.

Inov-8 descent Streif

Kitzbühel is home to a legendary downhill racecourse, known as the Streif at the Hahnenkamm resort. The course is notoriously fast and dangerous. And for 80 years, it’s been home to legendary World Cup races that test the greatest skiers in the world.

And now, you can race on it too – without skis.

Inov-8 Descent: Racing Down the Streif

On October 6, trail running shoe brand Inov-8 will host The Descent, a 350-meter downhill running race that follows this notorious ski slope.

Up to 180 runners will participate in the event one at a time.

Running Race Through Ski Gates

The format of the race is unique. Runners will set off in 30-second intervals, through the gates of the iconic start-house at the top of the Hahnenkamm.

From there, runners will descend the course. Like skiers, they will have to run around set gate, weaving their way down a slope that tops out at a stupidly steep 80-degree gradient (yes, that’s basically vertical). Check out the promo video below for its format.

The fastest 30 runners in both the men’s and women’s categories will qualify for the final run. As in skiing, finalists will start in reverse order at one-minute intervals.

The fastest male and female finishers in the final will win.

Sound like fun? Sign up online and then haul yourself to Austria in the fall. It’s all downhill from here.

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Editor-in-Chief Sean McCoy is a life-long outdoorsman who grew up hunting and fishing central Wisconsin forests and lakes. He joined GearJunkie after a 10-year stint as a newspaperman in the Caribbean, where he learned sailing and wooden-boat repair. Based in GearJunkie's Denver office, McCoy is an avid trail runner, camper, hunter, angler, mountain biker, skier, and beer tester.
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