The Erzberglauf in Austria's state of Styria is one of Central Europe's most unusual mountain running races.

Participants run up the terraces of the Erzberg ("Ore Mountain"), an enormous open-pit mine which rises above the old mining town of Eisenerz.

The race features approximately 745m of ascent over a 12.5km route which finishes on the summit of the mountain at an elevation of 1475m.

Supporters get the chance to hop on a free bus to the top of the Erzberg to watch the 1000 or more runners and nordic walkers winding their way up the mountain.


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Erzberg, Eisenerz (Graz 83km, Linz 157km, Klagenfurt 162km, Vienna 190km)

Date: 9 August 2014 (Saturday)

Race distance: 12.5km (ca. +745m)

Start time: 10.30

Entries: online or by post or fax (up to 6 August 2014); late entries on 8 August 2014 and on the day until 10.00

Entry fees (run): € 25/28/31 (up to 30 June/6 August/9 August 2014)

Entry fees (nordic walking): € 21/24/27 (up to 30 June/6 August/9 August 2014)

Race centre: in the start area (Friday 8 August 2014, 17.00-20.00; on the day 7.00-10.00)

Timekeeping: ChampionChip — use your own chip or rent a chip for € 3 (€ 30 deposit)

You get: transport of personal clothing from the start to the finish; finisher medal, certificate, pasta party; shuttle bus service from the finish to the start; pre- and post-race shuttle bus service for spectators (between start and finish)

Prizes: to the first M/F and to the first 3 in each category; team prizes

Showers and changing facilities: yes

Award ceremony and prize drawing: ca. 15.30

Number of finishers 2013: 800 runners and 177 nordic walkers

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