16th Mürz Half Marathon 2010

The Mürzer Halbmarathon is a small event that takes place in September in the old steel-working town of Mürzzuschlag, located half-way between Austria's two largest cities Vienna and Graz.

In 2009, the race saw just 140 finishers, which is very little compared to over 600 participants six years earlier.

Entrants choose between the following distances:

5.27km (one lap), 10.55km (two laps) or 21.1km (four laps).

All races start at 3pm on Mürzzuschlag's main square. The route is mildly undulating.

Participants run on footpaths and forest trails along the River Mürz out of town. They cross the river and run through a quiet residential area back to the town centre.

Last year, Slovenia's 49-year-old outstanding masters athlete Ida Šurbek delivered the best performance, winning the half marathon in a time of 1:25:34. Peter Bärntaler (44) was the first male finisher in 1:20:36.

Country: Austria

Venue: Mürzzuschlag (Sopron 90km, Graz 93km, Wien 102km, Szombathely 120km)

Date: 18 September 2010 (Saturday)

Distance: 5.275km (Hobby-Lauf); 10.55km (Viertelmarathon); 21.1km (Halbmarathon)

Start time: 15.00

Start and finish: Stadtplatz (main square) in Mürzzuschlag

Race course: course map

Entries: advance entries online, payment by bank transfer until 16 September (date of receipt of payment); late entries on the day 11.00-14.00

Entry fees (5.3km): 15/25 EUR* (until 16 September/late entries)

Entry fees (10.6km): 20/30 EUR*

Entry fees (21km): 25/35 EUR*

* 5 EUR off for juniors

Timing: ChampionChip - use your own chip or rent a chip for 3 EUR (30 EUR deposit)

Race centre: Stadtsaal (City Hall)

You get: sausages and a drink; prize raffle (first prize: mountainbike)

Prizes: trophies to the first 3 in each category

Showers and changing facilities: yes

Presentation: 18.00

Number of finishers 2009: 50 (5.2km), 44 (10.5km), 46 (21km)

Event Website (in German): Fun-Sports Tri-Team

Tourist information (in German):  Mürzzuschlag

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