Trail Haut-Koenigsburg (FRA) – 25 KM

Pre-Race with Maria & Markus

Two years ago I was in Kintzheim, Alsace. Between last Saturday and Sunday I was back in Kintzheim.

Two years ago I was at the start of the 25km Trail du Haut-Koenigsburg. On Sunday morning I was back at the start of the Trail du Haut-Koenigsburg.

Two years ago I finished the race in about 2h11′. On Sunday morning I finished the race again in about 2h11′.

Two years ago I was in company in Alsace. Between last Saturday and Sunday I was back in company in Alsace.

Two years ago it was a nice weekend. Between last Saturday and Sunday it was a nice weekend.

All the same?

Not at all. A lot of things have changed in two years.

The only thing equal was having enjoyed the “moment” in both occasions!:-)

I am glad and thankful about that.

And after this introduction a little more details on my 2021 Trail du Haut Koenigsburg.

Race review: my goals and status

I had not any particular goals.

Two years ago I arrived in Kintzheim in fairly good shape. And I had finished the race in just over 2h10′ with my right ankle swollen like a melon due to a bad sprain (at about km 13) and negative feelings about the weeks to come due to that injury. A short review of that race in 2019 is available here: Trail Running in France, Haut Koenigsburg | EmigranTrailer.

This year I got there with a much worse shape and with the same ankle injuried even before to start, but already recovering from mid-August. So, I just wanted to restart from a fast race, on a path that I like and above all to finish it without getting injured or further damaging the ankle.

And how it went?

I more or less finished at the same time (one minute less) and with decidedly positive feelings towards a gradual recovery, scheduled for the next two / three weeks through other races with not too prohibitive distances (less than 50 km).

In short, fortunately, many similarities with two years ago but with a decidedly opposite (positive) trend.

In the end, I have closed another circle! 🙂

The trail

The route was exactly the same as two years ago.

It is a very beautiful and fast path, all to be run.

It starts from the tourist office and after a few hundred meters you pass into the center of the town and gradually begin to climb. A few tens of meters which, however, already lengthen the group given the high rhythms (below 4’/km for the Top10 runners).

You then enter the vineyards and after a short stretch on a slight slope the first climb begins with a total difference in height of about 400 meters when you reach the first peak of the day (Hahnenberg after 7 km).

Then follows a steep descent kilometer and then 3 km of slight slope where you really have to run.

At this point begins the climb to the castle (Haut-Koenigsbourg castle : visit of a castle in Alsace, tourism in Alsace). The first part is easy, without demanding slopes. Then it gradually gets steeper. But, in fact, it remains runable if you are well trained for uphill paths.

Like two years ago there were many people cheering on.

The passage inside the castle is always very suggestive (ca. km 17). You run along the walls with people (dressed in medieval clothes) who greet, cheer and play music.

After leaving the castle 8 km of descent begins. The first (short) piece is technical. Then it is all to run without breath until the end. The last few hundred meters are on asphalt road.

Upon arrival there was a nice atmosphere and welcome, like two years ago.

Fortunately, the pandemic did not take away this beautiful emotion.

Thank you to all organizers and volunteers.

Race information

Official website: THK | Ultra | Association Sportive Trail du Haut-Koenigsbourg (ultra-thk.com)

Official distance: 25 km

Official Cumulative Gain +: 880 m

Official Cumulative Loss -: 860 m

Official max altitude: 721 m

Start Date: 05/09/2021

Start Time: 08:00 a.m.

Start Point: Office de Tourisme (Rue Général de Gaulle, 67600 Kintzheim, Bas-Rhin, France)

Cost: 26 € (1 €/km)

Air Temperature (average): 20°C

Weather conditions: sunny

Dominant Ground: trails, forest roads

Ground Status: mainly dry

Technical Difficulties: none

Refreshment Points: 1 (ca. 15,5 km)

Race results

Official results: https://thk.livetrail.run/classement.php?course=25Km&cat=scratch

Official starters: 606

Official finishers: 606

Official personal time: 2h10’55”

Official personal absolute position: 19

Official personal male position: 19

Official personal AGE Position (M1-H): 4

Official personal finisher certificate: Coureur 2366 – Andrea DE FILIPPO – Le Trail du Haut-Koenigsbourg – LiveTrail®

Personal ratio absolute position/starters: 3,1 %

Personal Gps move (by Suunto 9): https://www.suunto.com/move/andreadefilippo70/613484e2d6252522485227bf (note that I never wear a Hearth Rate Monitor. The recorded bpm is on the wrist. Thus it’s not correct. Ditto for VO2 and calories)

Personal Registration Team: Team NO LIMITS – EMIGRANTRAILER

Race equipment

Shoes Type: Saucony Peregrine 11 (Size: UK 8.5 / EU 43 / USA 9.5; Color: Future Blue)

Shoes usage at the start: 285 km; ca. 15196 D+ / ca. 15157 D-

Anklet: F&V (only used for the right ankle, still not ok)

Socks: Thyo Special Trail (Size: 41-43; Color: Black/Blue)

Calf Sleeves: not used

Shorts: Raidlight Trail Raider Short (Size: M; Color: Dark Blue)

Race Belt: Suunto / Salomon (Color: Black)

Undershirt: not used

T-Shirt: Team NO LIMITS

Arm Sleeves: not used

Gloves: not used

Wristband: not used

GPS Clock: Suunto 9 (Color: Black)

Backpack: Ultimate Direction 10,8L (Size: M; Color: Blue)

Headwear: Kalenji Cap

Glasses: not used

Trail Running Poles: not used

Headlamp: not used

Wind/Rain Jacket: not used

First Aid Help: not used / not required

Race nutrition plan

Given the short distance and the plan to run fast without stopping at the refreshment point, I brought with me just few little things:

  • 0,5 L of water and electrolyte sports drink
  • 1 Gel by Overstim’s (used at km 13)

Additional information

If you want more information or technical details related to this event, please do not hesitate to contact me or comment below.

Other information about races, results and equipments at the following link: Trail & Running | EmigranTrailer.

Enjoy Trail Running!

Andrea De Filippo

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