The Vienna City Marathon is a major and multifaceted international event and is of great importance to the city of Vienna – from an athletic, economic and touristic standpoint. Vienna is renowned for its culture, music, theatre, architecture and history. The Vienna City Marathon takes a modern slant on these themes and brings them together to create an impressive sporting experience.
The Vienna City Marathon takes you to Vienna's most impressive modern and historic sights. It begins between the skyscrapers of the UNO complex, the site of the United Nations. Straight after the start, participants cross the 864 metre long Imperial Bridge (Reichsbrücke) over the beautiful blue waters of the River Danube, accompanied by the world famous melody of the Danube Waltz by Johann Strauß. The race takes you past the Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel, through the green expanse of Prater Park. It then continues on Vienna's Ring Road, past the famous Opera House, through Vienna's River Valley to reach Schönbrunn Castle, the former imperial summer residence. On the way back runners can take in the greatest examples of Vienna's architecture along the Ring Road, from the numerous museums and the Town Hall to the Burg Theatre and the University.
Race numbers can be collected on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Messe Wien, Hall D, 1020 Vienna, Trabrennstraße entrance. You will need your registration confirmation and photo identification.
Wagramer Straße, 1220 Vienna. Take U1 line, exit at Kaisermühlen VIC or Alte Donau stations, or if necessary, at Kagran station.
From 7:15am to 8:15am at the van corresponding to your race number in the start area.
Water and Powerade are available at refreshment points every five kilometres. Fruit is also available from KM 15, with Coca-Cola available from KM 35. There are 15 water points (some manned, some unmanned) located along the route. The personal refreshments are catered for.
All finishers receive a medal. Race certificates can be downloaded in the form of PDF files on race day.
Saturday from 14:00 – 19:00pm. Vouchers for traditional Austrian traditional pasta and drinks are available at the Vienna Sports World expo or directly at the Carbo Loading Party in the Rathaus.
Banner image courtesy Michael Gruber.
Photo courtesy Finisher Pix