Covering distances precisely, smoothly and error free

The Parcours and Free Runner Moritz König is the star of a new Kapsch TrafficCom video which illustrates our new market approach to the market of intelligent transportation systems.

Moritz enjoys Free Running, a sport which is centered around overcoming obstacles in a creative way. This requires exceptional physical fitness as well as mental strength. These attributes are also vital when it comes to utilizing new technologies in transportation. 

In Austria, Free Running is fairly uncommon. How did you take up the sport?

I am generally interested in new sports. When I started Free Running, there was a media hype about it because it was anchored into youth culture. I thought that it was cool and I wanted to try it, and I then saw that there were some people in Vienna who had been doing Free Running.

Which sports have you run before Free Running? 

I have always been a really active person, ever since my childhood when I participated in sporting competitions. Whilst I was in elementary school, I did artistic gymnastics, and then I later took up diving, trampolining, basketball and snowboarding.

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And now it is Free Running? Or what is the correct term?

Parcours, or Free Running are the most common terms. You can distinguish between them if you want, but for us, it is the sport itself that is important. With Parcours Running, the key is to cover a distance as quickly as possible, whereas in Free Running, playfulness and acrobatics are paramount.

What level of physical strength is required in order to do Free Running?

The training is very demanding and challenges the entire body, so you should definitely have an  excellent overall physical fitness if you are interested to start with Free Running.

How often do you train a week, and for how long?

I train three to four times a week doing Free Running, and I additionally train four times a week doing power training.

This must be very time-consuming, how  do you balance sport and your studies?

It is difficult. I study law which is also very time consuming, however, I’m trying to pay equal attention to my studies and my sporting hobbies. 

So do Parcours and Free Running take precedence for you?

Yes and no. I really try to achieve a balance between sports and work. However, I would have to agree that Free Running has often taken precedence.

What motivates you to perform this complex and rather dangerous sport?

I simply enjoy it. It cannot be compared to any other sports. It is not about the competition, but about the joint training. It is a very creative sport without fixed targets, which is a great contrast to gymnastics. For me, it is also a great way to balance my studies. After a long, busy day in the library, it is fun to go Free Running.

How do you prepare to deal with difficult courses?

We train both inside and outdoors. We usually try out new exercises inside for the first time before we practice them on concrete. In the city there are many places that are well suited for Free Running, and outdoor exercises may be often lead you to a new running track. You can look at the routes, and consider what movements could work best here.

So the keyword is creativity? Are you always trying to discover new jumps and seek innovative movements?

Humans have always sought to make new leaps and to explore new places in order to evolve, but it  isn‘t always a perfect course. In principle, a park bench is creative enough for someone to enjoy themselves. Creativity knows no limits.

How do you measure your skills without competing with others? What criteria do you use to compare yourself to others? Are there any Free Runners that you are envious of?

The nice thing about the sport is that everyone has their own style and strengths. There are Free Runners who are known for executing the most challenging movements fluently, or in an especially creative way. These are precisely the elements which the sport is based upon, and which you are aspiring to achieve and perform. The Free Running community is very open, and everyone exchanges opinions and techniques extensively, as it’s through training together that you are able to learn from others. 

Who is your personal Free Running role model?

That is a good question… I would have to  say Vinnie Coryell. Vinne is an American Free Runner who is known to complete his course in a particularly precise, smooth and error-free manner.

What do yo do to come close to the skills of your idols?

I train a lot of course, and I was lucky enough to meet Vinnie Coryell and he also gave me a few tips. On the one hand of course, I  try to imitate his style, howevever, on the other hand,  I also want to find my own style. We should take pride in our individuality. 

What can we learn for life from Free Running?

In addition to the physical aspects of the sport, it is above all mentally stimulating. This is a skill which we should try and transfer into real life too. If a barrier or an obstacle appears infront of us, we must try to overcome it. 

Creatively overcomings obstacles in both sport and in life – is this the core philosophy behind it?

Yes, creatively and efficiently.

Now, if you are faced with such an obstacle, how do you prepare to overcome this? What  happens in  your mind?

Everyone has their own preparations and rituals when approaching obstacles. It is important to know what you can achieve and where you have to be careful.  It is important to  focus your mind so that you are able to withstand jumps that you have never performed before.

Thank you for the interview!

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