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Have you heard about the INFERNO RACE ?

The race began on the 21st January, in Murren, Switzerland and is completed tomorrow with the downhill race… weather permitting. It costs ChF60 to enter.

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In 1928 a crazy Englishman, James Riddell, invented (is that the right word?) this race, and it is now one of the largest amateur ski races in the world. The number of participants is limited to 1,800 and at least the same number are turned away each year.

The four-day skiing event includes cross-country, giant slalom and downhill races. The International Inferno Race takes in some of the best and most interesting runs of the Jungfrau Top ski resort. From bombing down pistes to some exhausting uphill marches, it requires more than just one skill and is a truly challenging race.

This is the 66th time it has been run.

Wednesday, 21st, saw the evening cross country race. This youtube is Mario, DoeggiSUI, arriving at the finish in 2007.

Yesterday was the Inferno Combination Giant Slalom, and today sees the Inferno Procession and Devil’s Dance where an effigy of the devil is burnt during a traditional procession …

At 0850 tomorrow morning the Inferno Downhill is scheduled to begin, however there is a little concern about this because of the weather forecast. The Schilthorn is the starting point for the Inferno Downhill – where skiers challenge the clock in a 10-mile, 7,100-feet plunge down to the village of Lauterbrunnen. It is the world’s longest downhill race. RichardfBarber filmed his race in 2008 and it gives you a very good idea of what you will be letting yourself in for if you are considering taking the challenge in 2009 – remember to turn the sound down.

Murren’s other claim to fame is its role in the James Bond Film ‘On His Majesty’s Secret Service’. Remember that scene where Telly Sevalas and his villainous henchmen chase Bond down the slopes? It was filmed here. Headquarters for the bad guys was the revolving restaurant atop the Schilthorn Mountain. It gives today’s skiers a 360-degree lunch. On a clear day, in one swing, you see 200 mountains and 40 glaciers. A segment of the circle focuses on the magnificent trio of the Eiger, Mönch and Jungfrau peaks.

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