7th Szentgotthárd Battle Commemoration Run
7. Szentgotthárd Schlachtlauf
Szentgotthárd is a small pleasant town in the far west of Hungary, right on the Austrian border. A country road through the lovely national park of the Őrség hills leads to Slovenia, which is just 16km away.
The 9.5km "Battle Run" is held in remembrance of a seven-hour battle on August 1st 1664, in which the Turkish troops were stopped on their way to Vienna.
The start and the finish of the race are in front of the huge Baroque church in the town centre, next to a nice public park. The race follows an out-and-back course across the Austrian border and up a hill with an elevation gain of about 90 metres. The turning point is at the memorial on top of the hill.
You will run a short section across the former Iron Curtain on a dirt road but most of the route is on asphalt roads.
The first 100 entries will be awarded with a ticket for the brand new thermal spa in Szentgotthárd, and all competitors can indulge in a Hungarian goulash soup.
Venue (Map): Szentgotthárd (81km from Graz, 98km from Maribor, 107km from Varaždin, 250km from Budapest)
Date: 1 August 2009 (Saturday)
Race distance: 9.5km ("Battle Run", main race), 1.66km ("Hobby Run"); 0.3-1.6km (children)
Start time: 16.00 (children), 18.00 (9.5km), 18.05 (1.66km)
Start and finish: at the church in the centre of Szentgotthárd
Entries: advance entries online or by fax (see event website); late entries until 1 hour before the start; payment on the day
Entry fees (9.5km): 8/12 EUR (until 28 July/late entries)
Entry fees (1.66km): 5/8 EUR
Entry fees (children): 0/3 EUR
Race centre: in the start/finish area
You get: the first 100 entries get a T-Shirt and a ticket for the thermal spa in Szentgotthárd; all advance entries take part in the prize raffle and get a goulash soup
Prizes (9.5km): 100 EUR to the first M/F; certificates and trophies to the first 3 in the categories
Prizes (1.66km): certificates and trophies to the first 3 M/F
Showers and changing facilities: yes
Award ceremony: 17.00 (children), 20.15 (9.5km and 1.66km)
Prize drawing: after the award ceremony
Number of finishers 2008: 134 (main race), 47 (Hobby Run), 81 children
Event website (in Hungarian and German): www.csatafutas.tuti.hu
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