Red Bull X-Alps

The world’s toughest adventure race is back in 2017!

Applications to compete in the 2017 edition of the race across the Alps are open from July 01 to August 31, 2016.

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Red Bull X-Alps 2017 is coming! It will be the eighth edition of the epic paratrekking race and will start on July 02. 

Once again, athletes will journey non-stop for more than 1,000km across the Alps by foot or paraglider via set turnpoints. The exact route will be revealed in spring 2017.

As we saw in the 2015 edition, it’s a race where anything can happen. We were all glued to our screens as rookie athlete Sebastian Huber and race legend Paul Guschlbauer tried to chase down reigning champion Christian Maurer. They ultimately came second and third, but us and the millions of fans watching Live Tracking were on the edge of our seats for days. 

“The level is extremely high and is getting higher in each edition of the race,” says race director Christoph Weber. “In this race if you make a little mistake the other athletes will quickly leave you behind. Anything can happen!”

Applications will be open from July 01 to August 31, 2016.

Being selected to compete in Red Bull X-Alps is an achievement in itself. The race committee selects only the best athletes from around the world, based on solid mountaineering and trekking experience, endurance fitness, mental strength and flying ability. 

In the race’s first editions, only one or two athletes had what it takes to make it from Salzburg to the finish line in Monaco. Since then, the level of competition has intensified and in the last race two-thirds of the athletes made the goal, including 12 rookies. Red Bull X-Alps 2017 is going to get even hotter!

“This is a race that attracts some of the world’s best adventurers and pilots,” says race mastermind Hannes Arch. “It demands more than flying ability and endurance power – the ability to strategize and to make difficult decisions under pressure, while exhausted and completely at the limit is the key to being successful; but also to manage the risk of this extreme sport.”

Applications can be made via the applications page from July 01 to August 31, 2016. 

The race rules will also be updated for 2017. Among the changes, and in order to make the race as safe as possible, the committee has restricted the gliders permitted to only those that are EN certified and only harnesses with certified protectors.