13th "3/4 Half Marathon" 2011
Bruneck/Brunico (Italy), Saturday 27 August 2011
Schloss Neuhaus is just one of the castles along the route.
Competition is fierce in the 3/4-Halbmarathon, a 17.6km road race in Südtirol ("South Tyrol"), Italy's northernmost alpine province where most people speak German as a first language.
Many top runners from the region and further afield have taken part in the event. Last year's winners were Hermann Achmüller (56:31) and Laura Ricci (1:08:17). The race had about 500 finishers.
Very roughly speaking, the route is three quarters of the half marathon distance long. Start is in the attractive small town of Bruneck (Italian: Brunico), the finish in the holiday and ski resort of Sand in Taufers (Campo Tures).
Competitors run on roads and cycleways along the Tauferer Tal ("Tauferer Valley"). A short section is on a trail. The route is undulating and overall mildly uphill. Snow-capped mountain peaks and several castles on the hillsides provide an impressive backdrop.
Venue (Map): Bruneck/Brunico (Bolzano 74km, Innsbruck 107km, Klagenfurt 218km, Verona 222km)
Date: 27 August 2011 (Saturday)
Race distance: 17.6km
Start: 17.00 Bruneck/Brunico, Rathausplatz (835m)
Finish: Sand in Taufers/Campo Tures (870m)
Entries: online (until 25 August 2011, 18.00h); payment in cash on the day; late entries on the day
Entry fees: 20 euros (until 25 Aug 2011), 24 euros (until 27 Aug 2011); runners must pay an additional 5 euros if they are not members of the Italian athletic federation FIDAL
Race centre: "Alte Turnhalle", Rathausplatz, Bruneck (on the day from 14.00)
You get: bus service from the finish to the start (before the race at 15.15); transport of personal clothing to the finish; timing chip rental; free massage at the finish; pasta party; a sack of locally-grown potatoes; prize raffle
Prizes: prize money to the first 5 M/F; product prizes to the first 3 in each category
Showers and changing facilities: in the sports hall, ca. 1km from the finish (free shuttle bus)
Award ceremony: 20.30 at the finish
Number of finishers 2010: 505
Event Website (in German and Italian): www.3viertelhalbmarathon.com
Start of the race is in Bruneck (Brunico).