Vienna (Austria), Sunday 5 May 2013
Runners in Central Europe can look forward to a new 42.195km marathon in Austria's capital, held three weeks after the Vienna City Marathon.
Like the Herbstmarathon in the autumn, the Frühlingsmarathon ("Spring Marathon") takes place entirely in the Prater, a vast wooded park which is popular with all sorts of sports people all year round.
The route is a bit over 7km long (7032.5 metres). The marathon is six laps, the half marathon three laps. It's also possible to run just one lap.
As the course is completely flat, traffic-free and AIMS-certified the event offers a fair chance of setting a personal record. The time limit to finish the race is six hours.
The Frühlingsmarathon commemorates Adolf Gruber (1920-1994), Austrian distance runner and founder of the athletics club LCC Wien which organizes the event.
Date: 5 May 2013 (Sunday)
Distance: 42.2km; 21.1km; 7.03km (certified by AIMS)
Start time: 9.00
Start and finish: Hauptallee in the Prater park, near Ernst-Happel-Stadion and Stadionbad
Entries: online (until 2 May 2013, 12.00hr) or in person in the race centre (on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the race, 16.00-21.00); late entries on the day 8.00-8.30
Entry fees (7km, 21km): € 18 (online entries), € 20 (until 4 May 2013), € 22 (on 5 May 2013)
Entry fees (42km): € 38 (online entries), € 42 (until 4 May 2013), € 45 (on 5 May 2013)
Race centre: LCC-Laufsportzentrum in the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Sektor C/D, Meiereistraße 7, 1020 Wien (on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the race, 16.00-21.00; on the day 7.00-8.30)
You get: fruit, snacks, drinks
Prizes: trophies to the best finishers in each category
Showers, changing facilities, sauna: in the LCC-Laufsportzentrum
Number of finishers 2012: 62 (21km), 70 (7km)
Event website (in German): lcc-wien.at