The Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel, Austria.

The world’s most notorious downhill ski slope.

A blood-curdling, insane slope with blind drops and daredevil jumps.

Would you dare run down it?

Now’s your chance.

As in 2021, the event will be run in pairs - male, female or mixed - with one downhill and one uphill runner.

This year, for the first time in its history, the race will be run in teams of two, with one runner going down the hill, before a team-mate goes back up it!

Distance: 700m total distance (350m down and 350m back up). Max gradient: 80%

The inov-8 Descent Race+

Saturday, October 8th, 2022


Downhill runners will set off in 30 second intervals, through the gates of the iconic start-house at the top of the Hahnenkamm.

From there it isn’t a straight forward drop to the finish. Gates will be set down the course and skill will be required to weave in and out of the gates, while at the same time mastering the insanely steep slope.

Times recorded by the downhill runners will be placed onto a leaderboard and determine when their team-mates set off. The more seconds the downhill runner can gain, the greater advantage they will give their team-mates, ahead of what is set to be a frantic scramble back up to the finish line.

To descend quickly requires skill, strength, technique, bravery and a whole lot more. Want to improve your own downhill running speed?

Check out these tips from top runners and coaches...

Whatever the season, Kitzbühel is steeped in its own inimitable style, an effortless blend of tradition, folklore and awe-inspiring scenery. Its natural mountainous arena gives way to a unique and unbeatable way of life. Come here to experience a place steeped in a zest for sport and the pursuit of the extraordinary


In 2018 inov-8 became the first brand in the world to use graphene in sports footwear. By infusing the world’s strongest material into rubber outsoles, the brand gave runners the WORLD’S TOUGHEST GRIP.

To celebrate, we co-staged another world-first, a running race down the WORLD’S TOUGHEST DOWNHILL, the Hahnenkamm ski slope in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Forged in the Lake District fells of Great Britain 16 years ago, we have always loved the thrill of running fearlessly down steep fells. Now, for a second successive year, we’re bringing a taste of British fell running to the Austrian Alps with the inov-8 Descent Race.

Are you ready to experience the ultimate downhill running thrill?


Want to run fast down hills? Make sure your kit is light and fast! Our recommendations include MUDCLAW running shoes with aggressive grip as well as super-lightweight technical tees and shorts.