The worlds toughest adventure race? Paragliding, hiking and running!


In soaring heat 32 athletes set off from Salzburg
in the seventh edition of the Red Bull X-Alps race. It is one of the world’s toughest adventure
races in which athletes must hike or fly 1,038km across the Alps from Salzburg to Monaco in
the fastest time possible. The 2013 edition was the fastest on record
with 10 athletes reaching Monaco. It was won by Switzerland’s Christian Maurer
in 6 days 23 hours 40 minutes. Maurer is back and at the front this year
but other competitors hope to beat him. The Swiss had strong opposition from Austria’s
Stephan Gruber. Having paraglided as far as he could on the
first day Gruber elected to hike all night to extend his advantage but in fact stopped after one o’clock in the
morning so he didn’t leave the others behind. Despite the bad weather, including thunder
and lightning, the competitors are well on their way to completing the world’s toughest
adventure race.

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