As of this morning, 30 men and two women from 18 countries have descended on the Red Bull X-Alps base camp just east of Salzburg, Austria as they prepare to race from one end of the Alps to the other by foot and paraglider only. One of the US participants is Dawn Westrum, 37, a former US soldier and only the 2nd woman ever in X-Alps (Yvonne Dathe of Germany is first).
This Thursday, July 2 the race kicks off with a one-day Prologue before the race proper starts on Sunday July 5 in Salzburg. The competitors then race via 10 Turnpoints through Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and France, before finishing – by tradition – on a landing float in the sea of Monaco.
Go to www.redbullxalps.com to follow the race on Red Bull MOBILE Live Tracking. Updated every second, it lets you follow every moment of the action, giving athlete positions, their flight/hike status, weather updates, thermal overlays, stats and more.
Gavin McClurg (43) – National Geographic Adventurer of the Year
Dawn Westrum (37) – Former US soldier and only 2nd woman ever in X-Alps (Yvonne Dathe of Germany is first); Nutritionist
Honza Rejmanek (40) – Four-time X-Alps veteran; Meteorologist; always trains with his son on his back (who is now 6)
Dave Turner (33) – Has summited Yosemite’s iconic El Capitan 50 times; paragliding instructor
To date, the 2013 edition was the fastest on record with 10 athletes reaching Monaco. It was won by Christian Maurer of Switzerland in 6d 23hr 40m. The six countries that athletes will be traversing are Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and Monaco.
Courtesy Red Bull X-Alps