18th "South Tyrol Spring Half Marathon Merano-Lagundo" 2011
Meran/Merano (Italy), Sunday 1 May 2011
Blossoming apple orchards, snow-capped 3000-metre mountain peaks, and the beautiful spa town of Meran (Italian: Merano) provide a superb setting for this attractive running event in Italy's alpine province of South Tyrol.
The start and the finish are in the town centre of Meran, which is widely known for its mild climate and lush Mediterranean vegetation. In Meran, you are as likely to hear German as Italian. Over 50 per cent of the residents speak German as a first language.
The route consists of three laps. Participants run a 4-kilometre loop around Meran, followed by two laps (ca. 8.5 kilometres each) through the apple orchards between Meran and the village of Algund (Italian: Lagundo).
The course is mildly undulating. The difference between the highest and the lowest point on the course is approximately 50 metres of elevation.
In 2010, almost 1300 runners finished the course. The winners were Martin Toroitich of Uganda (1:02:54) and Zakia Mrisho of Tanzania (1:11:23).
Race report and photos: 17. Half Marathon Meran-Algund 2010
Venue (Map): Meran-Merano (30km from Bozen-Bolzano, 150km from Innsbruck, 183km from Verona)
Date: 1 May 2011 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km (certified by FIDAL); 9km (handcyclists)
Start time: 9.00 (handcyclists); 9.30 (half marathon)
Start and finish: Meran, Freiheitsstrasse
Entries: online or by post or fax; payment by bank transfer; late entries on Saturday 30 April 2011; no entries on the day; entrants from Italy must provide a medical certificate
Entry fees: 25 EUR (payment until 17 April 2011); 35 EUR (until 29 April); 40 EUR (on 30 April)
Race centre: Meraner Kurhaus (Saturday 30 April 11.00-19.00, on the day 7.30-9.00)
You get: a present (to all advance entrants), timing chip rental
Prizes (21km): prize money to the first 10 M/F and to the first 6 Italian M/F; trophies to the first 3 and practical prizes to the first 6 in each age category; team prizes
Prizes (handcyclists): practical prizes to the first 6, trophies to the first 3
Showers and changing facilities: Therme Meran
Award ceremony: 14.00 on the Kurpromenade
Number of finishers 2010: 1287 (21km); 15 handcyclists
Event website (in German and Italian): www.marathon-meran.com
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