21st Mountain Marathon Kainach
Kainach (Austria), Sunday 9 August 2009
This 43km multi-terrain race is staged in the mountains to the west of the Styrian capital Graz. In 2009, the event will host the first Austrian Mountain Marathon Championships.
The start and finish is in the village of Kainach (540m).
The route is one loop up to the Gleinalpe mountain range and back down to the valley.
After approximately 13km you will come to the highest point on the course, which is at an elevation of 1790m. From there, it's mainly downhill but there are still many shorter uphill sections on the way home. Overall, you will have to run about 1800m up and 1800m down.
If you like, you can cover the distance in a relay team of three runners, or take part in a 20k nordic walking competition.
The race is very popular with the neighbours from Hungary. In 2008, 18 out of 110 finishers were Hungarians, including the winner. Miklós Zatykó won the Bergmarathon in 3:31:58, followed by his compatriot and ultra runner János Zabari (3:39:37). Austria's Reinhold Pototschnik came third (3:44:15). Anita Waiss from Austria led the women home in 4:17:50.
The relay competition saw a team of three Kenyan runners winning in a stunning time of 2:52:49.
Venue (Map): Kainach bei Voitsberg (45km from Graz, 119km from Klagenfurt, 220km from Vienna)
Date: 9 August 2009 (Sunday)
Race distance: ca. 43km (+1800m, -1800m); 3-person relay (13+13+17km); 20km nordic walking
Start time: 9.00
Start and finish: Dorfplatz Kainach (in the centre of the village)
Entries: online, payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day until 8.00 (relay teams until 7.30)
Entry fees (43km): 25/30/40 EUR (until 30 June/until 31 July/9 Aug)
Entry fees (43km relay): 15/20/30 EUR per runner
Entry fees (20km nordic walking): 15/18 EUR (until 31 July/9 Aug)
Race centre: Volksschule Kainach (primary school), open on Saturday, 8 August, 18.00-20.00 and on the day 6.00-8.00
You get: entry ticket to the thermal spa "Therme Nova" in Köflach (please check if the ticket is valid on the day of the race); medal; finisher T-Shirt (for entries until 31 July); pasta party on Saturday evening; bus service for relay runners
Prizes: first 3 in each category; first 3 relay teams; first 3 M/F nordic walking
Number of finishers 2008: 110 (43km), 23 relay teams, 24 (43km power walking), 23 (20km nordic walking)
Event website: www.tus-kainach.at
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