Two weeks, one record-breaking year

Red Bull 400’s growth continued as more than 900 athletes descended on Slovenia and Austria in 2013.
By Martyn Thomas

In its third year of existence, Red Bull 400 took another giant stride forward as more competitors than ever before took part.

Starting on Planica's famous slopes in May 2013, more than 300 athletes attempted to scale the 400m course quicker than everyone else.

2012 men's champion, Ahmet Arslan, was edged into second place after a dramatic finish in Slovenia, but the Turkish mountain-runner would have his revenge just one week later on Kulm as he turned on the after-burners to claim an impressive victory.

Austrian mountain-running world champion, Andrea Mayr, claimed the win in the women's category on her home turf. But as ever, it wasn't just about the elite athletes, as these pictures show...

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Back to the start
Competitors perform during the Red Bull 400 in Planica, Slovenia on May 12th 2013
Back to the start Red Bull 400 returned to Planica, Slovenia in May, 2013 as 300 intrepid individual runners and 25 relay teams trudged up the famous ski jumping hill. © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
Scrambling for success
Competitors perform at the Red Bull 400 in Planica, Slovenia on May 12th, 2013
Scrambling for success Even though the event was in its third year, the tactics remained very much the same. Here competitors are forced onto all fours as the incline gets ever steeper. © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool
Staying ahead of the game
Arslan Ahmet performs at the Red Bull 400 in Planica, Slovenia on May 12th, 2013
Staying ahead of the game One man who was determined to stay upright for as long as possible was Planica’s 2012 champion, Arslan. The Turkish mountain-runner powers up the hillside here, but would be forced to relinquish his title as he was pipped by local favourite, Simon Alič. © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool
Standing tall in Slovenia
The winners pose for a portrait after the Red Bull 400 in Planica, Slovenia on May 12th, 2013
Standing tall in Slovenia Slovenian Alič stands on the top step of the podium, having completed the uphill 400m in an impressive time of 5:11.0. Arslan (l) had led from the front but was reeled in with 20m to go, and had to settle for second. © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool
Scaling new heights
Competitors perform at the Red Bull 400 in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 19th, 2013
Scaling new heights Just seven days after Alič and Teresa Stadlober took the honours in Slovenia, Red Bull 400 returned to where it all began, Kulm. It may have been a quick turnaround, but that only heightened expectations as a record 600-plus competitors took to the slope in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria.
Daisy cutters
Competitors perform at the Red Bull 400 in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 19th, 2013
Daisy cutters Unlike in Slovenia, there are no wooden struts for the athletes to pull themselves up Kulm with. Instead, just over 50m in, many are forced onto their hands and knees to haul their way to the top. © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool
Passing the baton
Competitors perform at the Red Bull 400 in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 19th, 2013
Passing the baton Relay teams were again a feature of the event, with four athletes running 100m each. Every leg is an achievement in itself, with participants clearly delighted to be able to pass on the baton once they reached their changeover point. © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool
Back on top
Winner Ahmet Arslan performs at the Red Bull 400 in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 19th, 2013
Back on top Arslan bounced back from his disappointing second-place in Slovenia a week previously, as he blitzed the field in Austria to claim victory in under five minutes! Matjaz Miklosa and Piotr Lobodisnki completed the men's podium, while mountain-running world champ Mayr was the first woman home. © Philip Platzer/Red Bull Content Pool
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