Promoters announced the running of the 4th annual Ötzi Alpine marathon event on Sunday, April 22 in South Tyrol, northern Italy. The 42km race's motto is "From flowering orchards to high mountain glaciers," and events encompass not only 24.2 km of mountain biking, but also 11.8km of running and 6.2 km of ski touring. Mountain bike racers can choose between solo or three-person teams.
The race starts from Naturns and climbs up 3,384 meters into the nearby Schnals Valley in view of a high glacier where Ötzi, the Man from the Ice, was found.
Last year's edition saw a record time set by Heinz Verbnjak in 3:35:31. Simone Hornegger won the women's event in 4:52:33.