14th International Stinatz Half Marathon
This road running event has a very international feel.
Stinatz is a village in the low-lying Burgenland province in the south-east of Austria, not far from the Hungarian border. However, according to a recent census only 30 percent of the 1400 inhabitants use German as a first language. Most of them belong to the region's Croatian minority whose ancestors settled here in the 16th century.
In last year's half marathon the neighbours from Hungary showed a very strong presence and took the first three places in the men's and in the women's race. Szabolcs Kustos won in a very good time of 1:07:51, former Olympian Ida Kovacs led the ladies home in 1:19:25.
The race is held on a 4.2km-lap course through the village. The route is flat and fast, only the turning point in each lap may slow you slightly down.
Venue (Map): Stinatz (72km from Graz, 132km from Vienna, 209km from Zagreb, 241km from Ljubljana, 275km from Budapest)
Date: 8 August 2009 (Saturday)
Race distance: 21.1km (5 laps); 8.4km (2 laps); 4.2km (1 lap); children: 2km, 300m
Start time: 19.15; children: 18.30
Start and finish: Hauptplatz Stinatz (main square)
Entries: advance entries (until 31 July 2009) online, by fax or e-mail ; payment by bank transfer; late entries until 1 hour before the start
Entry fees (21km): 18/23 EUR (advance entries/late entries)
Entry fees (8.4km "Ortslauf"): 9/14 EUR
Entry fees (4.2km "Hobbylauf"): 7/12 EUR
Entry fees (children, "Mini-Marathon"): 6 EUR (2km); no entry fees for the 300m run
Timing: Champion Chip - bring your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (25 EUR deposit)
Race centre: Volksbank Stinatz (on the day from 16.00 to 18.15)
You get: T-Shirt and medal (to all half marathon and mini marathon runners), massage, prize raffle
Prizes: trophies to the first 3 in the categories; prize money to the first 3 M/F in the half marathon
Showers and changing facilities: Mehrzweckhalle Stinatz
Presentation: 22.00; children 20.00
Number of finishers 2008: 183 (half marathon), 64 (8.4km), 23 (4.2km)
Event website (in German): www.austriasites.com/lc-tiger/docs/lc-tiger.htm