Salzburg welcomes nearly 6,500 runners from 70 nations for an atmospheric "Running Festival in Mozartís Hometown" this weekend. Among other races, a marathon with about 1,000 participants and a half marathon start on Sunday, 7 May, 9:00 am. Runners enjoy a fabulous city environment with a course that leads through the centre of Salzburg, which is part of the UNESCO list of World Cultural Heritage sites, as well as it touches the green surroundings outside of town. Start and finish area is located at picturesque "Mirabellplatz", a new location for the 14th edition of the event. The Salzburg Marathon has been certified as a 5-star quality road race by European Athletics.
The start of Salzburg Marathon. Credit: Salzburg Marathon / Bryan Reinhart
The idea of creating "Get active days" is at the centre of Salzburg Marathon. The programme of running events starts on Friday, 5 May, with an After Work Run in the evening. A breakfast run, city walk, kids races and a charity run, going with the motto of "One Mile for a Smile" will be staged on Saturday. Main event day is Sunday with the marathon, half marathon and a 10k race.
Salzburg Marathon is certified as an ecologically sustainable event by local control authorities. Runners can enjoy high quality organic food made of local products at the marathon village. Public transport to and from the race is available free of charge to all participants within the city of Salzburg on Sunday, 7 May.
Menís marathon course record under threat
A trio of Kenyan runners, all of whom have set their personal bests in 2016 or 2017, are clear favourites in the menís race. Hosea Kiprotich Rutto has an encouraging victory at Pune Marathon to his credit. He clocked 2:12:18 to win the race on 29 January earlier this year. This mark lies well below the Salzburg course record of 2:14:16 set by Eliud Kiplagat in 2013. Abraham Kipchirchir Limo ran his best marathon so far in Verona in November 2016 to finish second in 2:15:10. Simon Kamau Njeri has to be ranked among the leading contenders as well. He set a personal best of 2:15:18 when coming third in Torino in October 2016.
Pamela Chemurgor Talam is the favourite in the womenís marathon. She contests her first marathon outside of Kenya. Back in 2013 she ran 2:52:10 at Nairobi Marathon. In 2015 she set a personal best in half marathon of 76:37 minutes in Lanling, China.
A race report and pictures will be available on Sunday afternoon.
For more information please visit Salzburg-Marathon.at