Seiser Alm Running Park
Running and hiking on an altitude from 1,800 and 2,300 meters above sea level has significant, positive effects on the body. Therefore, also professional athletes do their high altitude training in the mountains. This is mainly in summer, when the high temperatures and the hot sun complicate long-distance runs in the valley. Numerous world champions, Olympic champions and world record holders have selected the Seiser Alm to train and many of the trails are named after those athletes.
Trails for every kind of runner
In total, the Running Park includes 27 trails for runners, trail runners and Nordic walkers with different lengths and degrees of difficulty. Eight of them are located on the Seiser Alm pasture, at an altitude of 1,800 to 2,300 m; the other 19 trails among 900 and 1.100 m around the villages of Kastelruth, Seis and Völs am Schlern. In the lower positions, running is possible for a longer period as on the higher altitude, so that trainings are possible almost all year round.
A very challenging trail is the 19.2 km long Panoramic Tour, whereas beginners normally choose the Beginners Run. All running tracks are excellently signposted, with minor impact on the environment and on the beauty of the uncontaminated nature. As it is the case with the ski slopes, the running trails are divided into colours. There are blue, red and black trails – with increasing levels of difficulty.
Sport event & runner-friendly hotels
Every year, the well-known half-marathon takes place on the trails of the Seiser Alm Running Park, attracting hundreds of runners from all parts of the world. On request, you are also offered professional running guides o Nordic walking guides, accompanying the sportspeople on the trails and showing them the right technique as well as the beauty of nature.
The Seiser Alm is the ideal holiday destination for all those, who would not like to renounce their favourite sport during their holidays. In fact, many accommodations in the environs are specialised for runners, giving useful tips and offering specific holiday packages.