Piber (Austria), Saturday 5 June 2010
A show you shouldn't miss. The best views are from the grandstand.
Instead of graceful Lipizzan horses, hundreds of fashionably dressed runners will trot around the arena of the Piber stud farm in southern Austria. Since 1920, Piber has provided the elegant Lipizzans to the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
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 chic sports clothes and trendy sunglasses.
The event includes a 7k race, a 14k race and a half marathon. All races follow the same 7km-lap course, so that half marathon runners can delight in passing the grandstand several times.
The races are run over a mixed-terrain course through fields and woods. Less than half of the course is on asphalt. The route is quite challenging 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 568 finishers decided to run just one lap.
Venue (Map): Piber near Köflach (Graz 46km, Maribor 95km, Klagenfurt 107km, Vienna 230km)
Date: 5 June 2010 (Saturday)
Race distance: 7km, 14km, 21km; 7km (nordic walking without timing); 400/950/1900m (children)
Start time: 16.00-16.30 (children), 17.00 (7/14/21km); 17.10 (nordic walking)
Start and finish: Bundesgestüt Piber (stud farm)
Entries: online until 31 May, payment by credit card; late entries on Friday 4 June 18.00- 20.00 and on the day from 13.00 until one hour before the start
Entry fees (7km): 16/22 EUR (until 31 May/late entries)
Entry fees (14km): 18/24 EUR
Entry fees (21km): 20/26 EUR
Entry fees (nordic walking): 10/16 EUR
Entry fees (children): 4-6 EUR (until 31 May), 6-8 EUR (late entries)
Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (30 EUR deposit)
You get: pasta party and free guided tour through the stud farm (on Friday); goody bag, party after the race; brunch and free entry to the spa "Therme Nova" (on Sunday)
Prizes (7/14km): trophies or practical prizes to the first 3 M/F
Prizes (21km): trophies or practical prizes to the first 3 M/F and to the first 3 in each category
Presentation: ca. 18.30 (children); ca. 20.00 (main races)
Number of finishers 2009: 327 (7km), 128 (14km), 113 (21km), 418 children
Event website: www.lipizzanerheimatlauf.at
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