14 January - 18 February - 17 March 2024

Eisbärlauf in the Prater, Vienna, Austria (Copyright © 2013 Anja Zechner / runinternational.eu)


Held in the Wiener Prater, the largest public park in Austria's capital Wien (Vienna), 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 features a 7km race (one lap), a 14km race (two laps) and a 21.1km half marathon (three laps; the third lap is a bit longer than the first two laps).

The events in February and in March also offer a 28km run (four laps).

The course is totally flat, AIMS-certified and closed to traffic.

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 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.

Organized by the LCC Wien athletics club, each single Eisbärlauf event usually draws a crowd of over 800 runners.


Map of the venue:


Eisbär-Cup 2024:


  • 1. Eisbärlauf: 14 January 2024 (Sunday)
  • 2. Eisbärlauf: 18 February 2024 (Sunday)
  • 3. Eisbärlauf: 17 March 2024 (Sunday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  January February March
2024 925 1,086 1,022
2023 806 824 804



Race information:


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