Flying high: Three’s the magic number in 2014

Relive a magical year as Red Bull 400 spread its wings from Kulm to Finland and the Czech Republic.
By Martyn Thomas

Records continued to tumble as Red Bull 400 built on its success by transporting its unique brand of hill-running to two new territories.

The season began in Finland, returned to Kulm and ended in the Czech Republic, giving the event's growing fanbase three chances to get involved in 2014.

Indeed, the opening stop provided competitors with the challenge of running on a plastic slope for the first time, while those taking part in Harrachov were treated to a display from the Red Bull Flying Bulls.

In between those exciting, new stops was a return to Kulm, where a record entry list of well over 800 were joined by former Alpine skier Armin Assinger.

All of which means there were plenty of photo opportunities along the way. You can feast on the best below.

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Taking on a new adventure
Competitors seen during the briefing for the Red Bull 400 at the Puijo skijumping arena in Kuopio, Finland on May 17th 2014
Taking on a new adventure Red Bull 400 entered uncharted territory last year as it visited the Finnish ski resort of Kuopio for the first time. Almost 300 athletes signed up to conquer Puijo’s HS-127 hill, but first were made to sit patiently as they listened to a vital safety briefing. © Victor Engström/Red Bull Content Pool
Red Bull 400 accepts plastic
Competitors perform during the Red Bull 400 at the Puijo skijumping arena in Kuopio, Finland on May 17th 2014
Red Bull 400 accepts plastic Puija is open during the summer, meaning for the first time in its history the event took place on a plastic hill. This may have given the course something of an assault-course look and feel but it definitely did not slow the athletes down... © Victor Engström/Red Bull Content Pool
Kiwi charge bears fruit
Ross Morrison performs during the Red Bull 400 at the Puijo skijumping arena in Kuopio, Finland on May 17th 2014
Kiwi charge bears fruit Indeed, New Zealander Ross Morrison displayed his enviable pace to charge past Finnish runner, Ilkka Herola and take victory in three minutes 39 seconds. Plastic really does make perfect... © Victor Engström/Red Bull Content Pool
Back, and bigger than ever before
Competitors poses for a portrait at the Red Bull 400 at the Kulm in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 25th, 2014
Back, and bigger than ever before The event returned to where it all began, the legendary ski flying hill of Kulm in Bad Mitterndorf on May 25, 2014, and it proved to be another record-breaking day. 840 athletes from 18 countries turned up to battle it out for bragging rights in five categories, two individual and three relays. © Jean-Christophe Dupasquier/Red Bull Content Pool
Armin Assinger takes on uphill challenge
Armin Assinger runs during the Red Bull 400 at the Kulm in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 25th, 2014
Armin Assinger takes on uphill challenge Among the record turnout was former Alpine skier, Assinger. The four-time downhill and Super G World Cup winner had to dig deep as he scaled the mammoth incline. © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
Andrea Mayr digs deep
Andrea Mayr runs during the Red Bull 400 at the Kulm in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 25th, 2014
Andrea Mayr digs deep Mayr successfully defended her women’s title in Austria, using the positive energy provided by the 3,000-strong crowd to hold off the challenge of Britain’s Clare Miller. © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
Ahmet Arslan’s still #1
Ahmet Arslan of Turkey celebrates fist place during the Red Bull 400 at the Kulm in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria on May 25th, 2014
Ahmet Arslan’s still #1 Arslan was back on the top step of the podium at Kulm as he shaved four 10ths of a second off his own course record to take the men’s victory in 4:57. © Samo Vidic/Red Bull Content Pool
Ready, steady, go!
Competitors perform at the Red Bull 400 in Harrachov, Czech Republic on September 13th, 2014
Ready, steady, go! Red Bull 400 made its way to the Czech Republic for the third and final race of 2014. It was an immediate success too, as almost 500 athletes arrived to take on the event’s latest challenge. © Dan Vojtech / Red Bull Content Pool
Friends in high places
Red Bull Flying Bulls perform at the Red Bull 400 in Harrachov, Czech Republic on September 13th 2014
Friends in high places Competitors and spectators alike were treated to some aerial acrobatics in Harrachov as the Red Bull Flying Bulls took to the skies. © Jan Kasl / Red Bull Content Pool
Reaching the top
Competitor performs at the Red Bull 400 in Harrachov, Czech Republic on September 13th 2014
Reaching the top The action on the course was as fierce as ever, with competitors using every last bit of energy to reach the summit. In the end the Slovenian Matjaž Mikloša took the honours in the men’s final. “The race was great and very professionally prepared,” the 39-year-old said. © Jan Kasl / Red Bull Content Pool
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