The Red Bull X-Alps, the self-touted toughest adventure race in the world comes back in 2019! For those who haven't heard about it, this race is about crossing the Alps by foot and paraglider from Salzburg (Austria) to Monaco (France) across different turnpoints for a total straight line distance of more than 1,000 km. A formidable challenge for sure, which makes it the pinnacle of the hike & fly world.
Why are we taking part in this race?
Crossing the Alps solely on foot or in the air on a paraglider is about as crazy and exciting as it can get. It's a race against weather, time, other athletes and most importantly yourself - mind and body are put to their utmost limits. Despite these challenges, it has been a yearlong dream to be able to participate in it.
Why We're Raising Funds
Due to the length and magnitude of this race, expenses for this almost 3 week-long competition are out of the ordinary for most participants. Combined with the fact that corporate sponsorships for niche sports are difficult to secure, it becomes necessary to reach out to make it possible to adequately compete.
Expenses include campervan rental for 3 weeks, plane tickets, food & gas, communication & internet support, weather forecasting as well as miscellaneous gear and equipment.
We typically don't feel very comfortable asking for contributions from friends and family, but one argument made by a good friend changed our minds. She said, "Give people the chance to be part of your team. Let them get involved, be invested, root for you!" So here we are!
Now, we also want to give back to our paragliding community. So we decided to team up with the Cloudbase Foundation, which will receive 20% of the proceeds of this fundraiser!
But it doesn't stop there...
The good news about this race in particular is that we all can be part of it! In fact, we have ourselves followed many of the X-Alps races over the years – glued to the computer monitor watching it all play out in front of us. Sweating, suffering, planning and wondering what he or she would do next. It simply is a fascinating and addictive race. And this year, you can be an even bigger part of it!
With your support you will also:
- Be eligible to participate in a trivia contest featuring questions from the frontline of the race to win a prize!
- Enter a raffle to win official X-Alps race swag!
- Be actively bullied into taking part in the 2019 “Keep up with Eduardo” challenge, in which teams of 4 will try to match the kilometers walked by Eduardo during the race (2 weeks time frame from June 16th - June 29th). Grand prize if you beat Eduardo’s distance!
Join My Team and Spread the Word!
We feel very passionate about this project, so we are looking for your help to enable us to race hard, represent, fly far, endure, and walk through rain with a single goal in mind: reach Monaco! Join our Team and help us spread the Word! In case you have any questions, you can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or email@example.com. You can also follow us here for more updates: Team Facebook page.