Vienna (Austria), 24 January/21 February/20 March 2016

Eisbärlauf - Runners pass the Wiener Riesenrad in the Wiener Prater, Vienna, Austria (Copyright © 2014 Anja Zechner / Run International EU)


Organized by the athletics club LCC Wien, the annual Eisbärlauf ("Polar Bear Run") race series comprises three road running events—one in January, one in February, and one in March.

Each event offers a 7km, a 14km, and a half marathon race. The events in February and in March also include a 28km run.

The route is a 7km-long loop through the Wiener Prater, Vienna's largest public park, which is home to many sports venues as well as to the famous Ferris Wheel.

Starting and finishing near Austria's biggest stadium, the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, the course is AIMS-certified, pancake-flat, and closed to traffic.

The route consists of a 3km-long loop and a 4km-long out-and-back run along Prater Hauptallee, the main avenue through the park.

In 2015, each Eisbärlauf event had more than 1,000 finishers.


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Wien-Prater

Date (1. Eisbärlauf): Sunday 24 January 2016

Date (2. Eisbärlauf): Sunday 21 February 2016

Date (3. Eisbärlauf): Sunday 20 March 2016

Race distance: 7km, 14km, 21.1km; 28km (on 21 February and 20 March 2016 only)

Start time: 10.00

Start and finish: Prater Hauptallee, near Ernst-Happel-Stadion and Stadionbad

Race centre: LCC Wien Laufzentrum, Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Sektor C/D, Meiereistraße 7, 1020 Wien

Entries: online (up to Wednesday before each race) or in person in the race centre (before each race: Thursday 16.00-21.00, Friday 16.00-19.00, Saturday 13.00-16.00); late entries on the day

Entry fees: € 18 (online entries), € 20 (on Thursday/Friday/Saturday before each race), € 22 (entries on the day)

Entry fees (three races): € 50 (up to 20 Jan 2016), € 54 (up to 23 Jan 2016), € 60 (on 24 Jan 2016)

Timekeeping: ChampionChip—use your own chip, rent a green chip (€ 3) or buy a yellow chip (€ 33)

You get: snacks and drinks; medal and technical T-shirt to participants in all three Eisbärlauf events

Showers, changing facilities, sauna: in the LCC Wien Laufzentrum

Prizes: trophies/medals to the fastest finishers in each category

Number of finishers 2015: 1006 (January), 1081 (February), 1136 (March)

Event website (in German):


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