Friday, July 24, 2009

St. Anton Half Marathon

Tomorrow the Half Marathon will take place in the Tirolean holiday resort of St. Anton am Arlberg known worldwide in winter as a ski destination. Situated at 1,304 m above sea level St. Anton lies on the Rosanna River and belongs to the district of Landeck. St. Anton is a truly unique recreation paradise for the whole family. The cozy little town with 2,500 inhabitants has still maintained its genuine ambiance and charming atmosphere.
The Arlberger Jakobilauf is the second stage of the alpine triathlon "Arlberg Eagle". The overall winner must work on their physical fitness throughout the year to be ahead of the field in the ski race (Der Weisse Rausch celebrated in April 25th), in the half marathon (July 25th) and in the mountain-bike marathon (August 22nd).The race (21,125 kilometres) will start at 16:00 PM in the Kirchplatz in St. Jakob. From there the route heads towards Pettneu, along the banks of the Rosanna river, through Schnann into the centre of St. Anton …. and back to St. Jakob via Nasserein. On the home straight, the athletes give their best and are carried the last metres to the destination by the cheers of the spectators. It is a popular running event for intermediate runners, long enough to be a serious challenge but not requiring the level of training of a marathon.
In the evening, the runners are duly celebrated at the award ceremony at 7 p.m. as part of the St. Jakob fair.