Distance: 10.00 km
Difficulty: Easy Dog Friendly: Yes Highest Point: 350m Lowest Point: 150m Type: Amateur
Filed Under: Running
The Vienna City Marathon, to be held on 14 April this year, is an annual fixture for thousands of runners. Austria's biggest sports event celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013. For the participants, it is a combination of sports event and sightseeing on the run; for the spectators, the cheering-on is an experience in itself.
The route of the marathon leads past the best attractions in Vienna: from the Vienna International Centre, across the Danube into the green of the Prater, along the Danube Canal to the Ringstrasse, from the Vienna State Opera right out to SchŲnbrunn Palace, back again to the Ring and the Prater and finally to the finish line at Heldenplatz.
In 2012, more than 36,000 runners from 113 nations took part in the Vienna City Marathon, the half-marathon and staged marathon as well as in the kids' competitions. Around 40,000 participants are expected at the 30th anniversary. The children's and youth competitions will be held the day before the main marathon for the first time. Haile Gebrselassie in Vienna
The charismatic Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie is the best runner of all time, with two Olympic victories and 27 world records, and one of the most thrilling personalities in world running. He is coming to Austria's biggest sporting event for the third time in a row and will complete the half-marathon distance between UNO-City and Heldenplatz.
On 13 April, the day before the marathon, a Friendship Party will be held in the Gothic festival hall of Vienna City Hall to get everyone in the mood, with Kaiserschmarrn pancakes, energy-rich pasta and an international flair.