Vienna (Austria), Sunday 25 March 2012

Eisbärlauf in the Prater, Vienna, Austria (Copyright © 2013 Anja Zechner /


If you're aiming for a fast half marathon time, try the Eisbärlauf ("Polar Bear Run"), which is held on a certified and very flat course in the Prater park in Vienna.

The Eisbärlauf consists of three events from January to March. Each event comprises a half marathon and a 7km race.

The route is a traffic-free 7km loop, which starts and finishes near the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Austria's largest stadium.

Most of the race is run out-and-back the Prater Hauptallee (pictured), the main avenue through the park, which is very popular with runners all year round.

Last year, approximately 700 runners took part in the third Lauf of the series.


Remember that the night before the event the clocks jump one hour forward due to the start of 'European Summer Time', so don't be late!


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Wien-Prater

Date: 25 March 2012 (Sunday)

Distance: 7km; 21.1km (certified by AIMS)

Start time: 10.00

Start and finish: Prater Hauptallee, near Ernst-Happel-Stadion and Stadionbad

Entries: online (until 20 March 2012, payment by credit card) or in person in the race centre (22 and 23 March 2012, 16.00-21.00); late entries on the day (8.00-9.30)

Entry fees: 17 euros (until 23 March 2012), 20 euros (late entries on the day)

Race centre: LCC-Zentrum in the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Sektor C/D, Meiereistraße 7, 1020 Wien

You get: feed station at the finish; entry into the post-race prize drawing; medal and T-shirt to participants in all three Eisbärlauf events

Showers, changing facilities, sauna: in the LCC Wien-Laufzentrum

Prizes: trophies or medals to the winners of each category

Award ceremony and prize drawing: 13.30

Number of finishers 2011: 326 (7km), 358 (21km)

Event website (in German):


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