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Wachaumarathon Hills

The Wachau Marathon: Rapid Road Race Through World Heritage

Popular as marathons have become, they are usually in cities one first has to travel to. The Wachau Marathon is a fast road marathon, but it goes through the world heritage Wachau valley – and one can get to it in a very nice way…

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Alps Adventuring: Crossing Hell – Höllengebirge, Upper Austria

Sometimes, you just have to go through hell… or cross its peaks, when the hell you are talking about are the “hell mountains,” the Höllengebirge of Upper Austria.

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Bergmarathon 2018 Gmundnerberg

Alps Adventuring: Bergmarathon, Around Traunsee Lake with Friends

What does one tell – what is there to tell? – of the sixth participation in the same event, the Bergmarathon (mountain marathon) around the Traunsee lake?

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LGT Alpin Marathon: Schloss Vaduz

Alps Adventuring: LGT Alpine Marathon, Liechtenstein

The LGT Alpine Marathon in Liechtenstein only came to my notice by chance.

It fit my aim to ‘adventure’ and #GetAtHome in the Alps by way of #microexploration perfectly, though.

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Hochkönigman Skyrace. Running in Snow

Alps Adventuring: Hochkönigman Skyrace

“So, does it warrant the ‘Skyrace’ label?” Thomas Bosnjak, the race director, asked me about the Hochkönigman Skyrace. With a grin.

I had, just having finished, had to complain how hard it had been…

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Running in the Salzburg Marathon

The fortress of Hohensalzburg towers above Salzburg; the museums on and around the adjacent Mönchsberg give it even more cultural cachet and obvious Alpine character…

And yet, when you measure it in your own steps, you really get to know a place, and it turns out differently from how you may have thought it was.

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Winter Running. Mountain Day: Up the Feuerkogel

In my engagement with the cold, and the running in it, mountains play a role. Of course.

As I live at the very end of the Alps, where there is more of the Hungarian Plains than even of hills, their role is unfortunately limited. First, I have to be able to get to some mountains…

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Stelvio Marathon

The Stelvio Marathon. Not Just a “Run to the Magic Pass”

The long-awaited event, the first edition of the Stelvio Marathon, came and went.

Two weeks after the Hochkönigman Speed Trail which made me feel ill-prepared, a week after the outdoors pursuits in Liechtenstein which made me feel recovered, there I went.

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Big Experience in a Short Run: The Hochkönigman Speed Trail

Austria’s preeminent figurehead and organizer of trail runs calls, of course you come.

Last year, I had gone to the Hochkönigman Trail Running Festival for the Marathon Trail, and ended up also helping interpret the race briefings in English.
This year, I had not been planning on coming, but Thomas Bosnjak asked if I wanted to serve as his interpreter again, so I went.

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