33rd Vienna New Year's Eve Race 2009
The Austrian Parliament Building and the Rathaus on Vienna's Ringstrasse
You might be interested in this 5.4km race if you are planning to spend New Year's Eve in Austria's capital, in particular if you are a dog. All participating dogs get a sausage after the race.
Nevertheless, usually most entrants are humans, although they don't get any sausages. Last year, more than 2,200 didn't want to miss the opportunity to run along the imperial Ringstrasse, which forms a horseshoe around Vienna's city centre.
The start and the finish are near the Ringstrassen-Galerien, an upmarket shopping complex. You run one lap clockwise around the city centre.
The traffic-free, mildly undulating route takes you along many key landmarks and grandiose buildings including the Hofburg (Court Palace), the Rathaus, the Parliament buildings, churches, museums, the Burgtheater, the State Opera House, and the University.
The winners in 2008 were Andreas Vojta (16:41) and Eva Hieblinger-Schütz (18:17). Petzi was the first dog across the line, finishing in a time of 19:50.
Date: 31 December 2009 (Wednesday)
Race distance: 5.4km
Start time: 11.00
Start and finish (Map): Ringstrasse, near Ringstrassen-Galerien, Kärntner Ring 5-7, Wien
Entries: online (until 25 December, payment by credit card) or in person in the race centre
Entry fees: 15 EUR (until 8 December), 18 EUR (until 30 December), 22 EUR (on the day)
Entry fees (15 years and under): 7 EUR (until 30 December), 15 EUR (on the day)
Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (25 EUR deposit)
Race centre: Ringstrassen-Galerien, in the wing next to the State Opera House (27-30 December, daily from 8.00 to 18.00; on the day from ? to ?)
You get: prize raffle
Prizes: trophies to the first 3 in the categories; awards to the first 10 runners (according to age graded finish times), to the first 10 dogs, and to runners with the most imaginative costumes
Changing facilities and bag storage: in the basement of the Ringstrassen-Galerien
Presentation: 13.30 in the Ringstrassen-Galerien
Number of finishers 2008: 2206; 55 dogs
Event website (in German): Silvesterlauf des LCC Wien (out of date)
The Ringstrasse in Vienna
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