The numbers were big – 484 athletes from 16 countries. 45,000 spectators in the tiny town of Lienz on Saturday, September 7.
But the most important number of all? 3:52:23 – the new course record set by the Kleine Zeitung team of Petro Mamu, Jakob Herrmann, Manuel Filzwieser, Urs Huber as they ran, flew, kayaked and biked to victory.
Making it easy on them – and everyone else – was the perfect weather presented in Lienz. Clear skies and light winds drew out the crowds and energized the athletes as they gave it all on the course. Directly from the Lienz Hauptplatz, the mountain runners took off for the Kühbodentörl, an ascent of almost 2,000m.
Kleine Zeitung's Petro Mamu completed the mountain running course in 1:20:00, five minutes ahead of his closest competitor. From the Kühbodentörl, paragliders took off for two flights, navigating marked waypoints, and hiking a short distance back up to the second launch.
After completing their flights, paragliders handed the baton to the kayakers, who ran a fast-moving whitewater course and a 7-meter 'alpine start' drop into the water.
The last leg was left for the mountain bikers, who raced a 30km cross-country course to the finish line, where a cheering crowd awaited. The date for next year's Dolomitenmann is already set for Saturday, September 6th, 2014. Start training now!