Saturday 22 June 2024

Hohe Veitsch, Austria (Author: Pop3210 at German Wikipedia / public domain / image modified by


The Grenzstaffellauf (English: Ultra Alpine Marathon) is a 54km mountain running race held each June in the Steiermark (Styria) province in Austria.

Individual runners and relay teams of two or three runners are welcome to try to tackle this highly-challenging up-and-down loop course featuring 2,080 metres of ascent.

The start/finish area is at an elevation of 670 metres in the old mining village of Veitsch which is situated in a narrow valley on the eastern edge of the Alps, near the railway line between Vienna and Graz.

The highest point on the course is at 1,860 metres above sea level on the five-kilometre-long grassy ridge of the imposing Hohe Veitsch (pictured).

Most of the route is on gravel roads and trails. Just the first and the last kilometre are run on asphalt roads.


Map of the venue:


36. Grenzstaffellauf:


  • 22 June 2024 (Saturday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  • 2023: 79 individual runners and 40 relay teams
  • 2022: 101 individual runners and 52 relay teams
  • 2021: Event cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • 2020: Event cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • 2019: 135 individual runners and 85 relay teams
  • 2018: 144 individual runners and 85 relay teams


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