Wies - Ehrenhausen (Austria), Saturday 5 May 2012
In 2012, all Welschlauf races will finish in Ehrenhausen.
Over 1800 runners and nordic walkers took part in the 2011 edition of the Welschlauf, an atmospheric road running event, held annually in a wine-growing region in southern Austria, near the border with Slovenia.
The event offers three very hilly and scenic point-to-point courses: a 42.2km marathon, a 21.1km half marathon, and a 10.8K for runners and nordic walkers.
The routes alternate in direction each year. In 2012, the marathon start will be in the village of Wies. The finish will be in Ehrenhausen, which is on the train line from Graz to Maribor. Half marathon and 10.8K runners will join the field en route.
Overall, the routes are downhill but they include plenty of climbs.
The Welschlauf is an event without a prize fund or elite athletes but lots fun runners, music, food and locally produced Welsch wine.
In 2011, the marathon winners were Vinzenz Kumpusch (2:49:59) and Ulrike Striednig (3:39:00).
Venue (Map): Wies - Ehrenhausen
Date: 5 May 2012 (Saturday)
Race distance: 42.2km; 21.1km; 10.8km
Start (42km): 10.00 Wies
Start (21km): 12.00 Leutschach
Start (10.8km nordic walking): 13.00 Sulzau
Start (10.8km run): 14.00 Sulzau
Entry fees (42km): 33 euros (until 29 April 2012), 43 euros (late entries)
Entry fees (21km): 29 euros (until 29 April 2012), 39 euros (late entries)
Entry fees (10.8km): 25 euros (until 29 April 2012), 35 euros (late entries)
Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 euros (30 euros deposit)
Race centre: Feuerwehr Leutschach (4 May 2012, 16.00-21.00); at the start (on the day until 10 minutes before the start)
You get: T-shirt; goody bag; shuttle bus service from Ehrenhausen to the start (before the race); 21 feed stations along the course; finisher medal; massage
Number of finishers 2011: 247 (42km), 816 (21km), 583 (12km run), 213 (12km nordic walking)
Event Website (in German): www.welschlauf.com
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