Bolzano/Bozen (Italy), Saturday 31 December 2011

Bolzano, Piazza Walther (Copyright © 2010

World-class and fun runners will meet on Piazza Walther, Bolzano's main square.


On New Year's Eve 2011, around 500 amateur runners and a number of the world's fastest middle distance athletes will assemble again in the alpine city of Bolzano (German: Bozen) in the far north of Italy.

The Boclassic offers a 5K open race, followed by children's races, a handcycling competition, and two elite races. Elite women run 5K, and the elite men run 10K. The route is a 1250-metre loop through Bolzano's attractive old town.

Over the years, many world-class runners have taken part in the event. Ukraine's Serhiy Lebid won the Boclassic five times, Ethiopia's Birhane Adere four times, Kenya's Edwin Soi and Tegla Loroupe three times.

In 2010, the top finishers were Imane Merga of Ethiopia and Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya. Three months later, both athletes celebrated victory in the World Cross Country Championships 2011. The winners of the 5K open race were Alexander Rampelotto (15:38) and Petra Maak (18:15).


Country: Italy

Venue (Map): Bozen / Bolzano (Trento 60km, Innsbruck 118km, Verona 152km)

Date: 31 December 2011 (Saturday)

Race distance: 5km (open race); 5km (elite women); 10km (elite men)

Start time: 13.00 (open race); 13.40 (children's races); 14.30 (handcyclists); 15.00 (elite women); 15.30 (elite men)

Start and finish: Piazza Walther (Waltherplatz)

Entries: online (payment by credit card, bank transfer or Paypal); late entries on the day; entrants must provide a medical certificate at registration; entry limit 550 runners

Entry fees: 20 euros (until 29 Dec), 30 euros (until 31 Dec 2011); no entry fees for children and handcyclists

Race centre: Piazza Walther (30 Dec 17.00-20.00, 31 Dec 9.00-12.00)

You get: timing chip rental, T-shirt, goody bag, feed station on Piazza Walther

Prizes (open race): first 3 M/F, first 3 in each category

Changing facilities: in tents on Piazza Walther

Award ceremony: after each race

Number of finishers 2010: 438 (open race), 23 (elite women), 24 (elite men)

Event website (in English, German and Italian):

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