Jenn Shelton teams up with Andreas Irsara for the GORE-TEX® Transalpine Run

Andreas Irsara ©Mia Battaglia

Those of you who did trail running in the Dolomites with us in past summers are already familiar with Andreas (a.k.a “Tata”). But, very few of you know that aside from being one of our main Trail Running guides, (among his many athletic abilities!) he is also an excellent backcountry skier. For two years now he’s entered in trail competitions such as the Lavaredo Ultra Trail, the ISF European Skyrunning Championships and the Trans D’Havet through the Piccole Dolomiti, winning spots on the podium!

Then there’s Jenn: a thirty-something American who lives in Oregon – not so well-known in Italy – who is both enfant terrible and child prodigy and just runs, runs, runs…on roads, in forests or up and down mountains at supersonic speed. She’s so fast she still holds the record for the fastest 100-miles Ultrarun today.

Jenn Shelton ©PatitucciPhoto

She even qualified for the 2013 Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:41. Wild but extremely sensitive and intelligent, she champions healthy nutrition and minimalist running – no wonder she’s an ambassador for the environmentally-friendly brand par excellence: Patagonia. There’s more on the “Brujita’s” (Little Witch) adventures and lifestyle to whet your interest in Christopher McDougall’s best-selling book on minimalist running: “Born to Run”

We met Jenn by pure chance one winter when she was here in Alta Badia on vacation with a group of friends on a Holimites tour. Given our mutual love of sports, it was friendship at first sight and the idea to participate in the GORE-TEX® Transalpine Run in September 2014 was born!

What is it all about?
The 2014 GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN takes place from 30 August to 6 September and is one of the toughest stage runs in the world, celebrating its 10th Edition this year. During the 8 stages, 350 two-member teams will cross the Alps for about 293 km distance starting at Ruhpholding, Germany, and ending at Sesto di Pusteria, Italy – accumulating a total of 13,730 m of elevation gain. Each stage clocks up an average of 40+ kilometers and over 2,000 m of ascent.

This is the first time Jenn and Andreas have entered the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN and their team name is:


Aside from being the official sponsor of the event, GORE-TEX® is also the official supplier of Holimites’ Trail Running and Trekking guides. GORE-TEX® believes so strongly in this team to have become its co-sponsor together with Holimites – just one more reason for us to try and put our best foot forward at this spectacular event.

Once the winter season is over in the Dolomites and in Colorado, Jenn and Andreas will start preparing specifically for this event and you’ll be able to follow their training on Facebook and Twitter.

That’s not all: after the GORE-TEX® TRANSALPINE-RUN Jenn will again be our guest and you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet her and run with her, as well as with Andreas, and practice Yogaxrunners during the Holimites Trail Running week “The best of Alta Via 1&2” from 6 to 13 September 2014!

During the last holiday in the Dolomites we took Jenn to take part at one of the many ski randonneering night races in the Dolomites.

The official trailer of the event:

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