17th South Tyrolean Spring Half Marathon Merano-Lagundo 2010
Meran/Merano (Italy), Sunday 25 April 2010
South Tyrol, Italy's largely German speaking province in the Alps, is home to several very attractive running events. This is the most popular half marathon in the region.
The start and finish are in the beautiful spa town of Meran (Italian: Merano) which is known for its mild climate and lush Mediterranean vegetation.
The route consists of three undulating laps. The difference between the highest and the lowest point on the course is about 50 metres of elevation.
The race begins with a short lap through Meran (about 4km). Participants then run two laps between Meran and the village of Algund (Lagundo), partly through blossoming apple orchards.
In 2009, more than 1300 runners took part in the half marathon. Kenya's 17-year-old talent Collins Tanui won the race in a tight finish in 1:01:28. Helah Kiprop (24), also of Kenya, celebrated victory in the women's race in 1:12:42, just one week after her outstanding 1:09:29 performance in Nice.
Race report and photos: 17. Half Marathon Meran-Algund 2010
Venue (Map): Meran-Merano (30km from Bozen-Bolzano, 150km from Innsbruck, 183km from Verona)
Date: 25 April 2010 (Sunday)
Start time: 9.30
Race distance: 21.1km (certified)
Start and finish: Meran, Freiheitsstrasse
Entries: online or by post, fax or telephone; payment by bank transfer; entries close Saturday 24 April 2010; no entries on the day!
Entry fees: 25 EUR (payment until 11 April 2010); 35 EUR (until 23 April); 40 EUR (on 24 April)
Race centre: Meraner Kurhaus (Saturday 11.00-19.00 and on the day 7.30-9.00)
You get: a present (to all advance entrants), finisher medal; timing chip rental
Prizes: first 10 M/F; first 6 Italian M/F; categories: trophies to the first 3 and presents to the first 6; team prizes; first 4 handcyclists
Showers and changing facilities: Therme Meran
Presentation: 14.30 on the Kurpromenade
Number of finishers 2009: 1363; 11 handcyclists
Event website (in German and Italian): www.marathon-meran.com
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