Sabine Reiner sponsored by Lech Zürs (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus

© Sabine Reiner sponsored by Lech Zürs (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus

Running begins where roads end.

Trail running an the Arlberg

After completing a demanding run, take off your shoes, cool your feet in the waters of the Lech river and fill your lungs with pure mountain air. Far away from the roads, you’re free to explore all of Arlberg for yourself.

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The mountain is calling

Towards the summit

Lech Zürs is home to a wide variety of running trails for endurance athletes and mountain runners to enjoy.

While beginners are free to sample their first experiences of trail running, sporty visitors can take the opportunity to clear their heads, order their thoughts and engage in intensive training at moderate altitudes. The fascinating routes take in pebble-lined riverside trails, meadows, fields, moss-covered forest trails, barren peaks and secluded mountain lakes amidst the sprawling expanse of the Arlberg region. See the interactive map for a detailed overview of all options.

Recharge your batteries

Some people stroll or walk, others jog or run. And then there are those who do Nordic walking or trail running. Still others love mountain running or high-altitude jogging. These are all forms of exercise, types of running. Lech Zürs am Arlberg offers the perfect terrain for this type of sport/exercise.

Sabine Reiner sponsored by Lech Zürs (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus

The mountain landscape of Lech Zürs is full of vitality

In summer it is quieter than in the winter, making it the ideal time to spend time in nature concentrating on your mind and body. Whether you move quickly or slowly, whether strolling, hiking or jogging, on one of the stunning plateaus of Lech Zürs or climbing up a mountain – moving forwards at your own pace focuses the mind. Exercising in the fresh air assists the body during training and promotes mental regeneration. The recreational value is at least as high as the fitness value.

Sabine Reiner sponsored by Lech Zürs (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus

Deep breath: And you're off!

The ten running trails in Lech Zürs cover a total of 54 kilometres. Extreme sports enthusiasts can power their way along them, just as joggers can relax and take their time. The routes are varied, leading over pebbly shore paths, soft meadows and fields, mossy forest and woodland paths. The best type of ground for using the muscles while at the same time protecting the joints. The natural ground underfoot also massages the soles of the feet.  By taking your sports shoes off after a long run, putting your feet in the cool waters of the Lech river and breathing deeply a few times so that the wonderfully fresh mountain air gets right to the tips of the lungs, you can give your circulation some extra momentum. This is when you know for sure how good a summer activity holiday in Lech Zürs am Arlberg is for you.

Jogging in the alpine dream scenery of Lech Zuers am Arlberg (c) west _zangerl

Sabine Reiner sponsored by Lech Zürs (c) Lech Zürs Tourismus

Sabine Reiner – Running moves

A silver medallist at the Mountain Running World Championships and winner of multiple international long-distance races, Sabine Reiner serves as a running consultant for Lech Zürs. Originally hailing from Vorarlberg, Reiner supports the Arlberg region with her expert advice and plays an active role in organising a series of running-related events.

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Mountain running – or running on the mountain?

Walking, jogging, Nordic walking, trail running: each level of intensity offers unique benefits. No matter whether you’re looking to tackle a full-on sporting challenge or experience breathtaking nature, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Arlberg.

Lech Zürs am Arlberg boasts the perfect terrain for all manner of physical activity – and visitors need precious little equipment to take on the running trails at their own pace. The only essentials are in fact sportswear and running shoes, with trail running shoes featuring high-grip soles recommended for ensuring stable footing. After all, trail runners in Lech Zürs am Arlberg are confronted by a whole host of surfaces including stony tracks, well-worn paths through mountain meadows, pebble-lined routes and springy forest trails. And if you should decide to go trail running on the spur of the moment, the sports shops in Lech Zürs offer a wide range of sportswear options and running shoes from the biggest brands. With trail running experts on hand to share their experiences and tips, there’ll never be a better time to start!

High-altitude training on the Arlberg – Running makes you happy

Hikers and mountain runners know it in their bones – and the science is there to back them up: even a short, physically active stay at moderate altitudes of between 1,500 and 2,500 metres has a positive impact on overall health and leads to lasting well-being. As demonstrated by the Austrian Moderate Altitude Studies (AMAS) I and II, which included a series of tests conducted in Lech Zürs am Arlberg, this revitalising experience for body and soul contributes to a feeling of happiness. In other words, sporting pursuits in Lech Zürs are scientifically proven to make happy.

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