Check out the best shots from Red Bull Planica – 300 runners running 400m uphill to land the title.
Three hundred runners tackled the famous Planica ski jump in Slovenia, running 400m uphill to claim the Red Bull Planica 400 title, with men and women competing as we can see from the above image.
Twenty five teams consisting of men, women and mixed teams took to the start on Sunday in Planica, Slovenia to tackle the famous ski run course 400m uphill.
The course in Planica is 400 metres long, with a 200 metre ascent, and it's so steep that more than half of the course needs to be run on all fours.
This image gives a good idea of the size of the task facing the competitors on Sunday in the second Slovenian edition of Red Bull 400.
The Slovenian runner Simon Alič secured a spectacular win in a time of 5:11.0, ahead of last year's winner Arslan Ahmet (pictured above).
Focus, determination and fitness are the minimum requirement for taking on the Planica 400, as is illustrated in this image.
By this stage of the course, the thighs are burning and there's only a determination to finish that drives on the athletes.
Finishing the Planica 400 is a painful but highly rewarding experience.
Sections of the Planica 400 course are so steep that climbing is the only option.
In the women's category, Teresa Stadlober (AUT) successfully defended her title from last year in a time of 6:38.0.
Last year’s men's winner and multiple European mountain running champion Ahmet Arslan led from the start, and it was not until 20 metres before the finish line when he started to slow down. The Slovene Simon Alič took advantage to grab the victory.