10th "Wine-tavern Half Marathon" 2010
Austrians go to a Buschenschank to sample young, home-made wine. Usually, these wine-taverns also provide cold buffets of traditional, mostly meat-based peasant food.
We don't advise you to try the wine and the hearty Buschenschank food during the race, although you may be tempted to do so. Several wine-taverns along the course offer their wine and home-made specialities, and some participants just can't say "No". It may be wiser, however, to wait until the finish line. Ample food will be available at the Buschenschankfest after the race.
The hilly route runs mostly along asphalt roads through woods, fields and vineyards around the village of Loipersdorf in the south-west of Austria, close to the Hungarian border.
The event includes races of 4.5k, 10.8k and 21.1k, as well as a 13k nordic walking competition.
All races start at the thermal spa of Therme Loipersdorf. The finish of the 4.5k race is at the spa, all other races finish in the village, four kilometres to the north.
In 2009, Christine Wenzl defended her half marathon title in a time of 1:30:50, Hermann Peindl celebrated victory in 1:11:08.
Venue (Map): Loipersdorf near Fürstenfeld (Szentgotthard 20km, Graz 61km, Maribor 85km)
Date: 2 October 2010 (Saturday)
Distance: 21.1km; 13km (nordic walking); 10.8km ("Steinlauf"); 4.5km ("Thermenlauf"), 400/1500m (children)
Start time: 12.20 (children); 12.50 (4.5km); 13.30 (21.1km/10.8km/nordic walking)
Start: Therme Loipersdorf
Finish: Mehrzweckhalle (sports hall) in Loipersdorf
Entries: by post, fax or e-mail, payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day until one hour before the start
Entry fees (21km): 25/32 EUR (until 29 September/late entries)
Entry fees (13km nordic walking): 20/27 EUR
Entry fees (10.8km): 16/23 EUR
Entry fees (4.5km): 14/21 EUR
Entry fees (children): 5/12 EUR
Timing: Hightech-Timing (no rental fees but 15 EUR deposit for the chip), no chip timing for walkers
Race centre: Therme Loipersdorf (Friday 1 October 16.00-18.00 and on the day 10.30-13.00)
You get: timing chip rental, finisher T-Shirt, evening ticket to the thermal spa in Loipersdorf (this may not be valid on the day of the event)
Prizes: trophies to the first 3 in each category; 100 EUR prize money for a new course record in the half marathon
Changing facilities: Therme Loipersdorf (at the start) and Volksschule Loipersdorf (at the finish)
Award ceremony: at the finish in Loipersdorf
Number of finishers 2009: 150 (21km), 214 (nordic walking), 151 (10.8km), 56 (4.5km), 31 children
Event website (in German): www.b-active.at
No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page.