Sunday 19 July 2009

Pasterze glacier in 2008 (Author: Daffman / / public domain / photo cropped by


10. Grossglockner Mountain Race

In this mountain race with an ascent of 1514 metres you will start in the village of Heiligenblut (1256m) at the foot of Austria's highest peak, the 3798-metre Grossglockner.

The route is on varied terrain, includes some downhill sections, and takes you through meadows and forests and around two glacial lakes. The last kilometre is particularly tough with an ascent of about 300 metres.

The finish is at Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2370m), the main vantage point for sightseers coming from the High Alpine Toll Road. The place offers stunning views of the Grossglockner and the Pasterze glacier.

In 2008, the winners were New Zealand's seven time world mountain running champion Jonathan Wyatt (1:12:01) and Anna Pichrtová of the Czech Republic (1:25:08), winner of the world mountain running trophy 2007.


Country: Austria

Venue (Map): Heiligenblut

Date: 19 July 2009 (Sunday)

Race distance (main race): 12.67km (+1514m)

Start: 10.00 Heiligenblut (1256m)

Finish: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2370m)

Entries: online, payment by bank transfer (see event website)

Entry fees: 45/50/60 EUR (until 31 May/until 11 July/until 19 July)

Timing: Champion Chip (bring your own chip or rent one for 3 EUR (25 EUR deposit))

You get: free use of the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, transport of clothes to the finish, bus service for accompanying persons, bus service from the finish to the start, entry to the swimming pool in Heiligenblut, pasta party, a present, finisher medal

Other events:

  • 'Gsundlauf': 5.3km (Saturday 18 July, 15.00, entry fee 5 EUR)
  • Children's races: 300-4000m (Saturday 18 July, 16.30, entry fee 5 EUR)

Number of finishers 2008: 738 (main race), 50 (5.3km)

Event website (in English and German):


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