Wien (Austria), 22 January 2017 — 19 February 2017 — 19 March 2017

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


The annual Eisbärlauf ("Polar Bear Run") race series in Vienna comprises three road running events: one in January, one in February and one in March.

Each event offers a 7km race, a 14km race and a 21.1km half marathon. The events in February and in March also include a 28km run.

The route is a 7km loop through the Wiener Prater, Vienna's largest public park.

Starting near the Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Austria's biggest stadium, the route consists of a 3km loop and a 4km out-and-back run along Prater Hauptallee, the main avenue through the park.

The turnaround point is at the Wiener Riesenrad, Vienna's famous Ferris wheel, which stands in the ‘Wurstelprater’ amusement park.

The course is AIMS-certified, pancake-flat and traffic-free.

In 2016, each single Eisbärlauf event had more than 1,100 finishers.

The Eisbärlauf in January 2017 will be the 593rd running event that is organized by the athletics club LCC Wien, so you can expect things to run smoothly. You just can't be sure about the weather.


Eisbärlauf - start on Prater Hauptallee, Wien (Vienna), Austria - Copyright © 2016 Anja Zechner /


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Wien-Prater

Date (1. Eisbärlauf): Sunday 22 January 2017

Date (2. Eisbärlauf): Sunday 19 February 2017

Date (3. Eisbärlauf): Sunday 19 March 2017

Race distance: 7km, 14km, 21.1km; 28km (on 19 February and 19 March 2017 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 (8.00-9.30)

Entry fees:

  • € 19 (online entries)
  • € 21 (on Thursday/Friday/Saturday before each race)
  • € 23 (entries on the day)

Entry fees (three races):

  • € 54 (online entries)
  • € 57 (on Thursday/Friday/Saturday before each race)
  • € 60 (entries on the day)

Timekeeping: ChampionChip—use your own yellow chip, buy a single-use 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 first finishers in each age group

Award ceremony: at ca. 13.30

Number of finishers 2016: 1151 (January), 1173 (February), 1104 (March)

Event website (in German):


No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page! Please visit the official event website to verify the above information.