Tension mounts even before the start line. You enter the starting area and are motivated by cool sounds and a professional trainer in front of St. Anton’s tourist information offices. Your pulse quickens. Ten minutes to go. One more minute. Five, four, three, two, one ... run! You’re off.
It all kicks off with an uphill climb: via the Rendlbahn to Bifangalm. Then along Antoniusweg Trail to Wertstoffhof Farm, past the football pitch, Nassereinbahn cable car and along the Kunstmeile - Art Mile to Griesplatz in the middle of the village.
You give everything you’ve got! As does the DJ and commentator, who cheer you on loudly together with the fans. Keep going! Via the Arlberg WellCom Hall to the finish area of the 2001 World Ski Championships. Via the WellCom Hall Roof from there to the Ski Centre and on to the Museum.
The short and long routes separate at the Museum. Are your calves already on fire? In which case, the short distance leads you past the Rendlbahn cable car and the old railway station underpass directly to the finish line in front of St. Anton’s tourist information offices.
The long route takes you through Mühltobel Gorge to the Sennhütte, where DJ and commentator pull out all the stops in eager anticipation of the loooong finale. Spirits rise, as sweat flows. You're looking forward to the slippery ride to the hay barn. From there, you run along Sonnenweg Trail to the Rodelalm and over the toboggan run back to the village, past the golf course and art mile.
Grit those teeth! Try and keep your balance over the pond at Arlberg WelCom, sprint to the old railway station underpass and use your last ounce of strength to drag yourself over the finish line in the town centre. Exhausted. But soooo happy.