Today (March 18, 2015) Garmin announced their sponsorship of the Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race as the official partner. Part of the deal is that Garmin will provide GPS watches, GPS handhelds and action cameras for the athletes.

The Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race started in 2003 and has taken place every other year. The race is seen as one of the world’s toughest adventure races in which the athletes run, hike or fly by paraglider 1,000 km across the Alps and 1,000’s of meters in altitude. Around 30 athletes compete in the race through 6 countries (Austria, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, France and Monaco) and runs via predetermined turnpoints. It’s quite normal that the athletes have to hike over 100 km a day and it requires expert paragliding and mountaineering experience and a extreme high level of endurance fitness.

Garmin will provide the brand-new Fenix 3 multisport GPS watches, GPSMap 64 handheld GPS devices and the VIRB action cameras in order to track the locations of the athletes but also altitude, air pressure and mileage while the handheld will keep the athlete on the right track to the finish line in Monaco. The VIRB Elite action cameras will capture thrilling video footage with the built-in GPS and unique data overlays during the whole race as the athletes test their physical but also their mental endurance.

Garmin Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race 2015Garmin is recognized for its worldwide leadership in GPS technology including fitness (running, biking, etc), automotive (cars, motorcycles, snowmobiles) extreme sports and outdoor pursuits (hiking, mountaineering). Next to these divisions, Garmin serves as a leader in marine GPS devices and aviation as well.

During the first few races of the Red Bull X-Alps, the athletes were competing over 12 days in a row but in 2013 (the last race) the winner finished in just under 7 days. A total of 31 teams started in Salzburg, Austria and a record number of 10 teams made it all the way to Monaco. The winner of 2013, Chrigel Maurer (Switzerland) won the race for the third time in a row in 6 days and 23:40 hours (all athletes have a mandatory rest from 22:30 to 05:00 except for one night pass) and number 2, Clement Latour (France) came over the finish line in 8 days and 16 hours. The winners of the 6 X-Alps races are all from Switzerland!

In the 2015 Red Bull X-Alps Adventure Race (wiki) a total of 31 teams will start on 5 July with athletes from 18 different countries. The route has also been announced today and as before the start point is at the Mozartplatz, Salzburg, Austria and the finish point in Monaco.

The following turnpoints have been set:

1 Gaisberg Austria
2 Dachstein Austria
3 Aschau – Chiemsee Germany
4 Lermoos Austria
5 Brenta, Cima Tosa Italy
6 St. Moritz – Corvatsch Switzerland
7 Matterhorn Switzerland
8 Mont Blanc France/Italy
9 Annecy France
10 Peille, France

The Garmin sponsored athletes Paul Guschlbauer and Tom De Dorlodot are competing in the 2015 X-Alps race. For Paul this will be his 3rd appearance in the X-Alps (finished third in 2011) and for Tom the 2015 race will be his 5rd appearance.

Garmin has a global initiative with Red Bull since they are a well known for action sports and adventure events. The Red Bull X-Alps is one of those events in which Garmin can show the wide-range of Garmin products and the Red Bull Air Race World Championship is another event in which Garmin is the official camera sponsor.

To read more about the Garmin products of hiking GPS devices (Monterra, Montana, eTrex), fitness/runners watches (Forerunner, Fenix) and handheld GPSMap devices.

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