8th 'Home of the Lipizzaner' Run 2009
Piber Federal Stud
A show you shouldn't miss. The best views are from the grandstand.
Instead of Lipizzaner horses, a large number of dressed-up runners will trot around the arena of the Piber stud farm which has provided elegant horses for the Spanish Riding School in Vienna since 1920. Many runners clearly enjoy the unique moment of running through the start/finish area on the parade ground, and you'll surely see a lot of fashionable sports clothes and trendy sunglasses.
The races are held on a 7km-lap course, so that half marathon runners can delight in passing the grandstand several times. This pleasure is reduced for 7k and 14k runners but on the other hand they pay a bit less and don't have to work that hard.
The route is rural and pretty. Participants run on mixed terrain, less than half of the race is on asphalt. The course is quite demanding as it features an elevation gain of 110 metres each lap.
Last year, the 7k run proved the most popular. More than half of the 688 finishers decided to run just one lap.
Venue (Map): Piber (near Köflach, 95km from Maribor, 116km from Szentgotthard)
Date: 6 June 2009 (Saturday)
Start time: 17.00 (7/14/21km); 17.10 (nordic walking); children from 15.30
Race distance: 7km; 14km; 21km; 6.7km (nordic walking); 0.4-1.9km (children)
Start and finish: Bundesgestüt Piber (stud farm), Veranstaltungsgelände Arena
Advance entries: online until 29 May (receipt of payment), payment by bank transfer
Late entries: at Piber on 5 June (Friday) from 18.00 to 20.00 and on the day from 13.00 until one hour before the start
Entry fees (children): 4-8 EUR
Entry fees (7km): 14/19 EUR (advance entries/late entries)
Entry fees (14km): 17/22 EUR
Entry fees (21km): 20/25 EUR
Entry fees (nordic walking): 7/10 EUR
Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (25 EUR deposit)
You get: on Friday: pasta party and free guided tour through the stud farm; on Saturday: goody bag, party after the race with live music; on Sunday: free entry to the spa 'Therme Nova'
Prizes (7km): first 3 M/F (trophies or practical prizes)
Prizes (14/21km): first 3 M/F and first 3 in the categories (trophies or practical prizes)
Showers and changing facilities: yes
Presentation: 20.00 (children); 21.00 (main races)
Number of finishers 2008: 370 (7km), 163 (14km), 155 (21km)
Event website: www.lipizzanerheimatlauf.at
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