9th Erzberg Run & Nordic Walking 2011
The Erzberglauf in Austria is one of Central Europe's most unusual mountain running events.
Participants run or walk up the terraces of the Erzberg ("Ore Mountain"), an enormous open-pit mine which rises above the old mining town of Eisenerz in the Eastern Alps.
The event offers the only possibility to explore the Erzberg on foot. Usually, it can only be visited on a bumpy tour on a "Hauly", a huge truck weighing 55 tons.
The route is 12.5 kilometres long and features an elevation gain of 745 metres. With an average gradient of six per cent it's not too tough a course. The finish is on top of the mountain (1475m).
Supporters get the chance to hop on a free bus to the top of the Erzberg to watch the field of approximately 1000 competitors winding its way up the mountain.
In 2010, the winners were Bruno Schumi (54:05) and Maria Hochegger (1:00:14).
Venue (Map): Erzberg, Eisenerz (Graz 83km, Linz 157km, Klagenfurt 162km, Vienna 190km)
Date: 13 August 2011 (Saturday)
Distance: 12.5km (+745m)
Start time: 10.30
Entries: online or by post or fax (until 10 Aug 2011); late entries on the day
Entry fees (run): 24/27/30 euros (until 30 June/10 Aug/13 Aug 2011)
Entry fees (nordic walking): 18/21/24 euros
Race centre: at the start (Friday 12 August 17.00-20.00, on the day 7.00-10.00)
Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 euros (30 euros deposit)
You get: finisher medal, certificate, pasta party, prize raffle, transport of personal clothing to the finish, bus service from the finish to the start; pre- and post-race bus service for spectators (between start and finish)
Prizes: trophies to the first M/F; awards to the first 3 in each category; 200 euros for a new course record
Showers and changing facilities: yes
Award ceremony and prize raffle: 15.30
Number of finishers 2010: 748 runners, 169 nordic walkers
Event website (in German and English): erzbergsport.at
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