Bad Radkersburg (Austria), Saturday 2 June 2012

Stadtpfarrkirche, Bad Radkersburg, Austria (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /


Starting and finishing on the main square of Bad Radkersburg, a spa town on the Austria-Slovenia border, the Parkthermen-Wüstenlauf ("Desert Run") comprises a number of running and nordic walking races as well as a "Wüstenfest" with belly dancers and camel-riding for the kids.

The event offers three routes for runners (8.7km, 13.6km and a 21.1km half marathon), children's races, and a 9.5km nordic walking competition.

Held in early June in a region which gets more sunshine than any other region in Austria, it can get pretty hot during the Wüstenlauf. The sun can be blazing hot at the start at 4.30pm, and there's not much shade on the course.

Most of the race is on cycleways and roads through corn and pumpkin fields. A short section is on a dirt trail. The course is flat, traffic-free and AIMS-certified.

The entry fees include free entry to the thermal indoor and outdoor pools of the Parktherme spa in Bad Radkersburg.


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Bad Radkersburg (Maribor 41km, Graz 77km, Ljubljana 165km, Vienna 207km)

Date: 2 June 2012 (Saturday)

Race distance: 21.1km; 13.6km; 8.7km; children 1km; nordic walking 9.5km

Start time: 16.00 (1km children), 16.30 (21.1km, 13.6km and 8.7km run); 16.40 (9.5km nordic walking)

Start and finish: Hauptplatz (main square) in Bad Radkersburg

Entries: at the Parktherme Bad Radkersburg or online (payment by bank transfer); late entries on the day until 14.30

Entry fees (21.1km): € 25 (until 26 May 2012), € 32 (until 2 June 2012)

Entry fees (13.6km and 8.7km): € 22 (until 26 May 2012), € 27 (until 2 June 2012)

Entry fees (nordic walking): € 20 (until 26 May 2012), € 25 (until 2 June 2012)

Timing (!): SMC Timing: € 3 chip rental fees and € 20 deposit

Race centre: Friday 12.00-20.00; on the day 11.30-15.30

You get: technical T-shirt; massage; free entry to the Parktherme on Friday evening or on race day; voucher for an entry ticket to the Parktherme; entry into the post-race prize-drawing

Prizes (21km): hotel vouchers to the first 3 M/F; category prizes

Award ceremony: ca. 20.00

Number of finishers 2011: 259 (21km), 124 (13.6km), 249 (8.7km), 59 (nordic walking)

Event website (in German):


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