Bolzano-Bozen (Italy), Thursday 31 December 2015

Piazza Walther (Waltherplatz), Bolzano (Bozen), Italy - Copyright © 2010 Hendrik Böttger /


Every year on 31 December, since 1974, world-class athletes and fun runners come together in the city of Bolzano (German: Bozen), capital of Italy's alpine province of South Tyrol, for the annual BOclassic New Year's Eve races.

All races are held on a 1.25km-long loop course through Bolzano's Old Town, starting and finishing on Piazza Walther, the main square (pictured).

The event kicks off at 1pm with the 5km Ladurner Amateur Run. Around 600 runners take part in this race every year.

The Youth Cup races, which attract approximately 200 young athletes, begin at 1.50pm, the 5km handcycling race at 2.30pm.

Thousands of spectators line the course when the elite runners dash through the city centre. Women run 5km (at 3pm) and men run 10km (at 3.30pm).

A large number of the world's best distance runners have taken part in the BOclassic. Last year, the winners were Janet Kisa of Kenya (15 minutes 49 seconds) and Muktar Edris of Ethiopia (29 minutes 7 seconds).


Country: Italy

Venue (Map): Bolzano-Bozen (Trento 60km, Innsbruck 118km, Verona 152km)

Date: 31 December 2015 (Thursday)

Start time and race distance:

  • 13.00: 5km Ladurner Amateur Run
  • 13.50: 1.25km-2.5km Youth Cup races (children born 1997 and after)
  • 14.30: 5km handbike race
  • 15.00: 5km elite women
  • 15.30: 10km elite men

Start and finish: Piazza Walther (German: Waltherplatz)

Race office: 30 December 2015, 17.00-20.00; on the day 9.00-11.00

Entries (5km Amateur Run): online; late entries on the day if the race limit (620 runners) has not been reached; entrants must be registered with an athletics club or provide a medical certificate at registration

Entry fees: € 25/30/35 (up to 25 December/29 December/31 December 2015)

Prizes (Amateur Run): to the first 3 in each category

Number of finishers 2014: 177 (children's races), 589 (amateur run), 5 (handbike race), 21 (elite women), 21 (elite men)

Event website:


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