“In the year 2000 I had an accident at work where I fell six metres from a roof onto the ground. I broke my shoulder blade, twisted my spine, suffered severe concussion and lost the use of one hand. I was off work for about a year. During that time I thought, ‘If I had died, what would I have got out of life?’ The answer: ‘Nothing – all I did was work.’

So at the age of 42 I started running. For ten minutes. That was it – I couldn’t run any longer. A year later the first glacier marathon was scheduled to take place in the Pitztal Valley, where I live. I wanted to run it. Now I take part in 100km runs. It was only through trailrunning that I realised just how beautiful our region is. In the past I used to take nature and the landscape for granted, but now when I run along a trail and see the glacier in the distance it is an incredible feeling.

Trailrunners are really cool people. Everyone helps each other. If you have a problem then everyone will stop and help. I have made some great friends through trailrunning – Italians, Swiss, Germans. It doesn’t matter where you come from. My aim is to one day run the around the Pitztal Valley – in the mountains, of course. The total distance is about 100 kilometres. I don’t care what other people think – after all, I run not for them but for myself.”

Reinhard Wohlfahrter – trailrunner

Participants in the Pitz Alpine Glacier Trail complete up to 100km and 6,700 vertical metres. The highest point is at 3,100m. Part of the course is along the Fuldaer Höhenweg trail between the Rifflsee lake and the Taschachhaus hut – one of several trailrunning routes in the Pitztal Valley.

Reinhard Wohlfahrter trailrunning in the Pitztal Valley, © Tirol Werbung/Bert Heinzlmeier
Reinhard Wohlfahrter, © Tirol Werbung/Bert Heinzlmeier
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