Übersbach (Austria), Saturday 16 March 2013
The Übersbacher Frühlingslauf ("Spring Run") attracts an international field of runners and nordic walkers, mostly from Austria, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia.
All races start and finish in the small and pretty village of Übersbach, situated amid rolling hills in the state of Steiermark (Styria) in the south-east of Austria.
Runners can choose between the half marathon (start at 10am) or the 7K run (start at 3pm). Some competitors run both races (28km "Kombiwertung").
Participants in the half marathon run three laps of an out-and-back course on country lanes which are closed to all traffic. Most of the route is flat, with the exception of a small hill shortly before the turning point.
The event also offers children's races, a 2.2k "Hobbylauf", a 7k for nordic walkers, and an 11k "Elitesprint Nordic Walking" (five laps).
The Übersbacher Frühlingslauf is a "Benefizlauf" which supports a charity for sufferers of lung disease.
Race report and photos:
Venue (Map): Übersbach (56km from Graz, 77km from Szombathely, 85km from Maribor, 157km from Vienna)
Date: 16 March 2013 (Saturday)
Race distance: 21.1km; 7.03km (run and nordic walking); 11km ("Elitesprint Nordic Walking"); 2.2km ("Hobbylauf"), children 800m/400m
Start time: 10.00 (21km run; 11km nordic walking); 14.00-14.15 (children); 14.30 (2.2km); 15.00 (7km)
Start and finish: at the Mehrzweckhalle (sports hall) in Übersbach
Entries: online (up to 14 March 2013); late entries on the day
Entry fees (21km): € 24 (up to 7 March 2013), € 29 (up to 14 March 2013), € 32 (up to 16 March 2013)
Entry fees (7km): € 12 (up to 14 March 2013), € 15 (up to 16 March 2013); reduced entry fees for children and disabled athletes
Entry fees (21km+7km=28km): € 29 (up to 7 March 2013), € 34 (up to 14 March 2013), € 39 (up to 16 March 2013)
Timing: ChampionChip — use your own chip or rent a chip (chip rental fees apply)
Race centre: Mehrzweckhalle Übersbach (15 March 2013, 18.00-20.00; on the day from 7.00)
You get: entry into the post-race prize drawing (after the award ceremony)
Prizes: trophies and medals; category prizes
Showers and changing facilities: yes
Award ceremony: 12.00 (21km run; 11km "Elitesprint Nordic Walking"); 16.00 (7km)
Number of finishers 2012: 101 (21km), 257 (7km run), 48 (7km nordic walking), 73 (2.2km), 75 children, 10 ("Elitesprint Nordic Walking")
Event website (in German): www.dieterprasch.com/fruehlingslauf.htm; Race Information 2013 (PDF, 481KB)
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