13th Grossglockner Mountain Race 2012

Heiligenblut (Austria), Sunday 15 July 2012

Grossglockner High Alpine Road in summer 1987 (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)

This is the Grossglockner High Alpine Road in summer.


With about 900 finishers every year, the Grossglockner Berglauf is Austria's most popular mountain running race.

The route is 12.7 kilometres long. Overall, it includes around 1500 metres of climbing.

The start is in the village of Heiligenblut (1256m) which sits at the foot of the majestic Grossglockner (3798m), Austria's highest peak.

Participants run on varied terrain through forests and pastures and around two glacial lakes. The final kilometre is particularly steep (about 300 metres of ascent)!

The finishing line is at the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2370m), a vantage point which offers phenomenal views of the Grossglockner and the Pasterze Glacier below.

After the race, shuttle buses take the runners back to Heiligenblut.

In 2011, the winners were Geoffrey Gikuni of Kenya (1:10:16) and Antonella Confortola of Italy (1:26:31).


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Heiligenblut (Klagenfurt 157km, Udine 158km, Munich 258km, Vienna 475km)

Date: 15 July 2012 (Sunday)

Race distance: 12.67km (+1494m)

Start: 10.00 Heiligenblut (1256m)

Finish: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2370m)

Entries: online, payment by bank transfer

Entry fees: 40 euros (up to 31 Dec 2011), ...

Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 euros (30 euros deposit)

You get: free use of the Grossglockner High Alpine Road before and after the event; transport of personal clothing to the finish; bus service from the finish to the start

Prizes: prize money to the first 20 men and 10 women

Showers: Hallenbad (public swimming pool) in Heiligenblut

Number of finishers 2011: 905

Event website: www.grossglocknerberglauf.at


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