Bad Radkersburg (Austria), Saturday 8 June 2013

Vultures in Rajastan, India (Copyright © 2013 Hendrik Böttger /


Well, okay, you may not see many vultures at the Wüstenlauf ("Desert Run") in Austria but it will surely get pretty hot on the course, and there will be a "Wüstenfest" with belly dancers and camel riding for the kids.

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

All routes begin and end on the main square of the small town of Bad Radkersburg which is situated on the Austria-Slovenia border in a region that gets more sunshine than any other region in Austria.

Although the course is completely flat the race is a true test for everybody.

Start is at 4.30pm on a Saturday afternoon in early June when the sun is often blazing hot, and there's not much shade on the course.

Most of the route is on roads and cycleways through corn and pumpkin fields. A short section is on gravel. The course is AIMS-certified and traffic-free.

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


Bad Radkersburg, Austria (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /

The Stadtparrkirche in Bad Radkersburg


Country: Austria

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

Date: 8 June 2013 (Saturday)

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

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

Start and finish: Hauptplatz, Bad Radkersburg

Entries: online with payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day until 14.30

Entry fees (21.1km): € 27 (until 1 June 2013), € 34 (until 8 June 2013)

Entry fees (13.6km and 8.7km): € 24 (until 1 June 2013), € 31 (until 8 June 2013)

Entry fees (nordic walking): € 22 (until 1 June 2013), € 29 (until 8 June 2013)

Timing (!): SMC Timing — € 3 chip rental fees and € 23 deposit

Race centre: Congresszentrum Zehnerhaus (Friday 7 June 2013, 12.00-19.30; on the day 9.00-15.30)

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

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

Award ceremony: ca. 20.00

Number of finishers 2012: 190 (21km), 115 (13.6km), 228 (8.7km), 49 (nordic walking)

Event website (in German):


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