Kainach bei Voitsberg (Austria), Sunday 9 August 2015

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Starting and finishing in the village of Kainach bei Voitsberg, this Bergmarathon (mountain marathon) takes runners up and down the Gleinalpe (or Gleinalm) mountain range in Austria's state of Styria.

The 44km race can be tackled as an individual runner or as a 3-person relay team.

The route, which features about 1800m of ascent and 1800m of descent, is a scenic loop through forests and mountain pastures, mostly on gravel roads and trails.

The start/finish area is at 542m above sea level. The highest point on the course is at an elevation of 1790m on the grass-covered ridge of the Gleinalpe.

Runners should expect to add at least one hour to their road marathon finishing time.

In 2014, the Bergmarathon winners were Thomas Unger (3:42:14) and Karin Freitag (4:00:48). The time limit to complete the course is seven hours.

The event also offers an 18.5km race for nordic walkers. It is not allowed, however, to use hiking poles in the 44km mountain marathon.


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Kainach bei Voitsberg (45km from Graz, 119km from Klagenfurt, 220km from Vienna)

Date: 9 August 2015 (Sunday)

Start time: 9.00

Race distance: 44km Bergmarathon; 44km Dreierstaffel (3-person relay: 14km+13.5km+16.5km)

Start and finish: Dorfplatz Kainach (in the centre of the village)

Race centre: Dorfwirt Bojer (8 Aug 2015, 17.00-19.00); in the start area (on the day 6.00-8.00)

Entries: online with payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day (no entries on the day for relay teams)

Entry fees (44km individuals): € 40/45/50 (up to 19 June/17 July/9 August 2015)

Entry fees (44km relay): € 25/30/35 per runner (up to 19 June/17 July/8 August 2015)

Timekeeping: HTT Timing — € 3 chip rental fees, € 5 deposit

You get: pasta party (on Saturday); finisher T-shirt (for entries up to 17 July 2015); massage service after the race; prize drawing; bus service for relay runners

Prizes: to the first man and woman; to the first 3 in each category; to the first 3 relay teams in each category

Number of finishers 2014: 139 (44km), 42 teams (44km relay), 28 (18.5km nordic walking)

Event website (in German): www.tus-kainach.at


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