Pull on your running shoes and head out into the mountains! Trailrunning is one of the best ways to explore Tirol with its lush meadows and craggy peaks. However, running in the mountains is not without its dangers – these camps teach you how to stay safe while having fun on the trails.
The trails of Tirol lead through idyllic valleys, along narrow ridges and to the top of some of the region's mightiest mountains. This sport is booming at the moment, meaning more and more people are heading off the tarmac and onto the trails. In order to stay safe at all times, we recommend doing a few days at a trailrunning camp where you can learn the right technique for dealing with different kinds of terrain as well as working with sports scientists, mental coaches and physiotherapists. Camps generally include talks in the evening on sport-related topics such as nutrition and recovery. Last but not least, trailrunning camps introduce novices to the equipment they should have with them at all times when running in the mountains. Each camp offers runs catering for a range of fitness and experience levels. As you would expect, the settings are fantastic – for example, on the shore of Lake Achensee or among the lush green pastures of the Tannheimer Tal Valley.
Trailrunning Camps in Tirol
- Lake Achensee Trailrun Camp: The region around Tirol's largest lake offers 183 kilometres of signposted trails. This camp is a great warm-up for the season ahead. Run by sports scientist Ben Reszel, it offers participants tips on the right running technique and talks on training and nutrition. More information about the camp
- Trail Days Tannheimer Tal: This camp is run by none other than Olympic medallist Peter Schlickenrieder. The former professional runner shares his knowledge and experience while taking runners into the mountains. The highlight is the "Seen-Lauf" event, where there are three different distances to choose from – including a new one with 30 kilometres of running anf 1500 vertical metres of uphill. More information about the camp
- Two Levels Camp, Zillertal Valley: How can I run the trails in a safer, more efficient and more enjoyable way? This is the question at the heart of the Two Levels Camp in the Zillertal Valley. Run by pro trailrunner Markus Kröll together with sports physiotherapist and mental coach Florian Reiter, this camp in Mayrhofen includes all you could wish for including an analysis of your personal running technique plus tips on how to improve it. More information about the camp
- Karwendelmarsch Training Camp: At 52 kilometres from start to finish, the Karwendelmarsch is a serious challenge which requires a good preparation. This camp, run by former winner of the event Markus Reich, is the perfect way to get ready for what awaits. The price includes a spot on the start line at the Karwendelmarsch. More information about the camp
- Salomon Trailrun Experiences Innsbruck: This spring camp is aimed at both novices and experienced trailrunners keen to get ready for the season ahead. There are special camps throughout the year where participants can prepare for specific events. More information about the camp
- Trailrunning Camps in the Pitztal Valley:
- Introduction to Trailrunning: As part of its summer activity programme the regional tourism board in the Pitztal Valley gives guests the opportunity to try out trailrunning with the help of an experienced guide. The course includes tips on the right running technique as well as the chance to test some of the best trailrunning shoes on the market.
- Trailcamp - Hotel Gundolf: Four days of trailrunning with experienced guides on some of the best trails in the Pitztal Valley.
- Innsbruck, Capital of the Trailrunning Scene: Innsbruck is a top location for people who enjoy trailrunning. The regional capital of Tirol has lots of sports and outdoor equipment shops, with some of them (Laufwerkstatt and Hills Krew) offering regular trailrunning sessions open to everyone. In spring the outdoor equipment maker Black Diamond offers free trailrunning workshops in Innsbruck.
- Women’s Summer Festival in der Zugspitz Arena: While men are often obsessed by the idea of "higher, faster, stronger", for women it is often more about enjoying the experience with friends. That is the aim of the Women’s Summer Festival, an event in Ehrwald where ladies are invited to try out a range of sports – including trailrunning – in a relaxed setting. More information about the camp
- Trailrunning for Beginners, Kufsteinerland: This four-day camp is aimed at those new to the sport of trailrunning. It includes talks, guided runs at the foot of the Zahmer Kaiser Mountains and the opprtunity to try out some of the latest Salomon products. Camp participantss stay at the cosy four-star Hotel Zur Schanz in Ebbs. More information about the camp
- 360° Trail on the Zugspitze Mountain: This trailrunning camp is on the border between Austria (Tirol) and Germany (Bavaria). Runs are held in both countries, including on the Zugspitze mountain. An Expo Area can be found in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.. The camp has technique training sessions, workshops and talks on topics such as running technique, safety in the mountains and staying healthy. More information about the camp