The future of Ortler Sky Trails

Dear runners from all over the world,

We have tried for a long time to unite you all in this beautiful Alpine region to run one of the Ortler Sky Trails and enjoy the scenery and the camaraderie.

The coronavirus already forced numerous events to cancel, and we still hoped that the difficult period would be transient. Then there were exit plans for the lockdown, and promising openings of borders: our hopes flared up.

We have to recognize that the coronavirus is an opponent not to be underestimated. Although the safety measures have been scaled down and hotels and restaurants reopen, we feel that having an event in the actual situation, with all mandatory safety measures to avoid contamination, would very much weigh on the happy feelings you are supposed to find in an event like ours.

We thank you for the great responses to our survey. It shows that our trail community is very supportive and empathetic towards this great event and us as a startup organization. A lot of you even proposed to help during the Ortler Sky Trails. We feel really very grateful for all your kind words.

Nevertheless the survey also showed that most of the participants think they will not (be able to) travel to Sulden am Ortler.

Therefore we took the painful decision to cancel the 2020 edition, and focus on an unparalleled 2021 edition.

3 options for an OST20 / PlanB

Ortler Sky Trails @ home

Run a (half) marathon in your own region on saturday 11 or sunday 12 July. Send us your GPS statistics, or a link to your Strava activity and we will add you to a ranking list and send you a digital certificate.

Make a nice or funny picture of yourself while running and post it to Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #ortlerskytrails. The picture with the most likes on Aug.31 at 12:00 will get a nice present.

Ortler Ronda Classic @ Sulden

Go to Sulden in July or August. The region has suffered a lot from the lockdown and is now reopening for tourists after months of isolation. Excellent hotels and restaurants are waiting for you and your presence will encourage the local people and thank them for the hospitality they show by hosting the Ortler Sky Trails in their beautiful village.

Sign up at the Tourist Office (Via Principale,23) and get your punch card and information package.

Start running the original Ortler Ronda Classic at your convenience and collect the necessary stamps/punches at the huts where you can enjoy the landscapes and have a nice drink.

Do not forget to take pictures along the track. We expect them on our social media with hashtag #ortlerskytrails. The picture with the most likes on Aug.31 will get a nice present.

After finishing the track, return the card to the Tourist Office to get a nice reward!

Pop up Ortler Vertical

Like you, we are waiting for the situation to clear up. If we get authorization from the authorities, we will create a ‘pop up Ortler Vertical’ in compliance with all safety measures required by Südtirol. We aim for saturday 11 July, but we may move it to another date if necessary and there is a certain possibility we won’t be able or allowed to go forward. Keep your eyes open for more news!