10th Running Festival Bad Blumau 2010
Bad Blumau (Austria), Saturday 1 May 2010
The Lauffestival offers a nice way to spend May Day in Bad Blumau, a small village amid rolling hills in south-eastern Austria.
The village is mainly known for the luxurious thermal spa Rogner Bad Blumau, designed by the Austrian painter and architect Friedensreich Hundertwasser.
Pleasure-seekers will like the the fact that all participants in the half marathon and in the 10.5k race get a free entry ticket to the spa. However, we couldn't find out if the ticket is valid on the day of the event, so better check with the race organizers and make a reservation for the spa beforehand - entries per day are limited.
The event includes several races, which are staged on a 5.275km-loop course. Entrants can choose to run either one, two or four laps.
Start and finish is in the centre of the village. The route runs along the valley and passes the spa complex before it returns along a brook to the village.
In 2009, the half marathon winners were Robert Pingitzer (1:12:57) and Karin Russ (1:33:12).
Venue (Map): Bad Blumau (Graz 57km, Szombathely 57km, Vienna 143km)
Date: 1 May 2010 (Saturday)
Race distance: 5.275km; 10.55km; 21.1km; 5.275km and 8km (nordic walking)
Start time: 9.30 (children), 10.00 (5.3/10.5/21km and nordic walking)
Start and finish: Dorfplatz (in the centre of Bad Blumau village)
Entries: advance entries online; late entries on the day
Entry fees (10.5km, 21km): 22/25 EUR (until 25 April/late entries)
Entry fees (5.3km, nordic walking): 12/15 EUR
Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (30 EUR deposit)
Race centre: Kulturzentrum Bad Blumau (30 April 17.00-19.00, on the day 7.30-9.15)
You get (10.5km, 21km): voucher for a day ticket to the Rogner Bad Blumau, pasta party, a present to the first 200 entrants
You get (5.3km, nordic walking, children): pasta party, a present to the first 150 entrants
Prizes (10.5km, 21km): practical prizes to the first 3 M/F in each category
Prizes (5.3km, nordic walking, children): practical prizes to the first 3 M/F
Number of finishers 2009: 78 (5.3km), 213 (10.5km), 201 (21km), 149 children, 23 nordic walkers
Event website (in German): www.lauffestival.com
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