Sunday 15 July 2018

VW beetle on the Grossglockner Hochalpenstraße in 1968 (Author: Nikater / commons.wikimedia.org / public domain / photo cropped by runinternational.eu)

 

Held annually in July at the foot of the majestic Großglockner, Austria's highest peak at 3,798 metres, the Grossglockner Berglauf is one of Europe's most popular mountain running events. You can expect the race to sell out several months in advance.

In 2017, more than 1,200 runners completed the 12.7-kilometre multi-terrain course which is very demanding as it features almost 1,500 metres of ascent. The final kilometre is particularly steep.

Starting in the village of Heiligenblut, at 1,256 metres above sea level, the route takes the runners through forests and pastures and around two glacial lakes.

The finish line is at the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2,370 metres), a vantage point which offers phenomenal views of the Grossglockner and the quickly-retreating Pasterze glacier below.

After the race, runners can use the free bus service, which travels on the day of the race along the Grossglockner High Alpine Road (pictured), to get back to Heiligenblut.

 

Race information:

 

Map of the venue (blue - start area, red - finish area):

 

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