Sunday 25 September 2022

Wachau valley west of Aggstein castle (Author: Wolfgang Glock / / public domain / photo modified by


The Wachau Marathon is a road running event held annually in September in the Wachau, a very picturesque 35-kilometre-long stretch of the Danube valley between the towns of Melk and Krems in Lower Austria, the largest state of Austria.

Entrants can choose between four scenic point-to-point races along the river, all finishing in Krems:

  • 11km Viertelmarathon (quarter marathon)
  • 21.1km Halbmarathon (half marathon: run and nordic walking)
  • 42.2km Marathon
  • 42.2km Staffel Marathon (relay race for teams of two, three or four runners).

The half marathon is the most prestigious of these races, attracting international elite athletes and the biggest field of participants (around 4,000).

The course is flat and fast.


Map of the venue:

  • blue: Emmersdorf, start 42.2km
  • green: Achleiten, start 21.1km
  • yellow: Spitz, start 11km
  • red: Krems, finish area


23. Wachau Marathon:


  • Sunday 25 September 2022

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  • 2021:
    • Event cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • 2020:
    • Event cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • 2019:
    • 11km: 1,231
    • 21.1km: 4,076
    • 21.1km nordic walking: 216
    • 42.2km: 545
    • 42.2km relay: 119 teams
  • 2018:
    • 11km: 1,436
    • 21.1km: 3,857
    • 21.1km nordic walking: 172
    • 42.2km: 621
    • 42.2km relay: 125 teams


No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page.