11th Grossglockner Mountain Race 2010
Austria's highest peak, the 3798-metre Grossglockner, provides the backdrop to this popular and scenic mountain running event.
The race features an elevation gain of approximately 1500 metres over a 12.7km route. The last kilometre is particularly steep with an ascent of around 300 metres.
The start is in the village of Heiligenblut (1256m) at the foot of the Grossglockner.
Participants run on varied terrain through meadows and forests and around two glacial lakes.
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 2009, 25-year-old Geoffrey Gikuni of Kenya easily beat world-class mountain runners like Jonathan Wyatt and Robert Krupicka to win in a time of 1:09:36. Austria's 2008 Mountain Running World Champion Andrea Mayr was first woman in 1:23:37.
Venue (Map): Heiligenblut (Villach 121km, Bolzano 184km, Ljubljana 221km, Graz 290km)
Date: 18 July 2010 (Sunday)
Race distance: 12.67km (+1494m)
Start: 10.00 Heiligenblut (1256m)
Finish: Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe (2370m)
Entries: online, payment by bank transfer
Entry fees: 35/45/50/60 EUR (until 31 December/31 May/10 July/18 July)
Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (30 EUR deposit)
You get: free use of the Grossglockner Hochalpenstrasse, transport of personal clothing to the finish, bus service from the finish to the start, pasta party, a present, finisher medal, bus service for accompanying persons to the finish
Showers: public swimming pool in Heiligenblut
Number of finishers 2009: 895
Event website (in English and German): www.grossglocknerberglauf.at
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