Lake Faak Run
The Faaker See with its turquoise waters and the good views of the Karawanken mountains to the south is a popular holiday and bathing destination.
The lake is comparatively small (its widest point is little more than 2km across), and you need to run two laps around the lake to make it a half marathon. However, you can also finish after one lap if you enter the 'Panoramalauf' of 10.5km.
The course is quite flat to the east of the lake and undulating to the west. Just a very short section is along the shoreline but the route offers some fine views of the lake. Most of the route is on roads and bike paths but approximately one kilometre is on a forest trail.
The Faaker See Lauf is one of the races the Slovene world-class runner Helena Javornik won last year after she had tested positive for EPO in March 2008. It took about a year to suspend her from competition. In last year's event, more than 20 runners took down their race numbers and boycotted the race in protest against Javornik's appearance.
Venue (Map): Faaker See
Date: 28 June 2009 (Sunday)
Start time: 9.00; children: Saturday 27 June, 17.00
Race distance: 10.5km; 21.1km; children 0.2-3.5km
Start and finish: Eventgelände Arneitz (on the eastern shore of the lake)
Entries: advance entries online until 24 June or by fax (see event website); late entries on 27 June (Saturday) from 17.00 to 20.00 and on the day from 6.30 to 8.00
Entry fees (10.5km): 14/16/21 EUR (until 31 May/until 24 June/ late entries)
Entry fees (21.1km): 18/20/25 EUR
Entry fees (children): 4/5/7 EUR
'Gäste Package': Book an accommodation in the region Villach - Faaker See - Ossiacher See for at least one night at the race weekend and you don't pay any entry fees.
Timing: Champion Chip - bring your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (25 EUR deposit)
Race centre: Eventgelände Arneitz, Seeufer Landestraße 53, 9584 Faak am See
You get: T-Shirt
Prizes: first 3 M/F (10.5 and 21km), trophies/medals to the first 4 M/F in the categories, a present to the 5th in the categories
Showers and changing facilities: on the camping site
Prize raffle: after the presentation
Number of finishers 2008: 401 (10.5km); 284 (21km)
Event website (in German): www.faakerseelauf.at
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