Launsdorf (Austria), Sunday 16 June 2013

Burg Hochosterwitz, Austria (Copyright © 2013 Hendrik Böttger /


The Hochosterwitzlauf is a small but immensely scenic hill running event in Austria's state of Kärnten (Carinthia).

It takes runners uphill to the impressive Burg Hochosterwitz, a medieval castle that stands dramatically on top of a 175-metre-high rock.

The 8.1-kilometre route includes about 240 metres of elevation gain.

Starting in the village of Launsdorf, participants run on a mix of roads and trails through farmland to the finish line on the castle's central courtyard.

On the way up to the castle they run through a succession of 14 fortified gates!

Last year, 82 runners and 11 nordic walkers completed the Hochosterwitzlauf. The fastest finishers were Markus Sostaric (29:55) and Monika Lotteritsch (40:30).


Race information: 14. Hochosterwitzlauf


  • Austria


  • Kärnten (Carinthia)

Venue (Map):

  • Launsdorf (24km from Klagenfurt, 109km from Ljubljana, 130km from Graz, 287km from Vienna)


  • 16 June 2013 (Sunday)

Race distance:

  • 8.1km (+240m of ascent)


  • at 10.00 at the Gemeindeamt in Launsdorf (near the train station Launsdorf-Hochosterwitz)


  • at Burg Hochosterwitz


  • online; payment by bank transfer
  • late entries in the start area (on the day 8.00-9.00)

Entry fees:

  • € 14 (up to 15 June 2013)
  • € 18 (up to 16 June 2013)

Bib pick-up:

  • in the start area in Launsdorf

You get:

  • transport of personal clothing from start to finish
  • one aid station on the course
  • finisher buffet
  • a souvenir gift
  • entry into the post-race prize drawing
  • reduced entry to the castle for friends and families
  • shuttle bus service from the car park in Niederosterwitz (near the castle) to the start area (before the race, 8.00-9.30)


  • to the first three in each age group

Award ceremony:

  • at ca. 12.00 (in the finish area)

Number of finishers 2012:

  • 82 runners and 11 nordic walkers

Event website (in German):



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