Parktherme Desert Run
It can get pretty hot in the Wüstenlauf. There's hardly any shade on the course and you can expect the sun to be blazing hot at the start of the event at 4.30pm.
You have a choice of races of 8.7km, 13.6km and 21.1km. In all races you will run at first a lap through the small provincial spa town of Bad Radkerburg, right on the River Mur and the Slovene border, and then on flat cyclepaths and roads along sunbaked fields. A few hundred metres will be on a dirt road.
You'll get free entry to the spa to cool off after the race - in the hot pools. Finally, there will be a party with belly dancers, exotic snakes, camel riding and some live music.
In 2008, the half marathon winners were Manfred Heit (1:09:44) and Maria Zechmeister (1:24:27).
Venue (Map): Bad Radkersburg
Date: 6 June 2009 (Saturday)
Start time: 16.30; 16.40 (nordic walking); 16.00 (children)
Race distance: 8.7km; 13.6km; 21.1km (AIMS certified); children (up to 14 years old): ca. 1km
Start and finish: at the spa complex 'Parktherme Bad Radkersburg'
Entries: advance entries (until 30 May) by e-mail or online with bank transfer; late entries on the day until 14.30
Entry fees (8.7km and 13.6km): 20/25 EUR (advance entries/late entries)
Entry fees (21.1km): 24/31 EUR (advance entries/late entries)
Entry fees (children: 1km): 5 EUR
Timing: Champion Chip (bring your own chip or rent one for 3 EUR (25 EUR deposit))
You get: pasta party on 5 June (18.00), free entry to the spa on 5 June (after 18.00) and on 6 June; voucher for an entry ticket for the spa (valid until 23 December 2009); finisher medal; a cap or T-Shirt; prize raffle
Prizes: first 3 M/F (21km): vouchers for the spa hotel
Number of finishers 2008: 254 (8.7km), 142 (13.6km), 326 (21km)
Event Website (in German): www.parktherme.at
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