Get your trainers on for the start of marathon season. One of the first marathons is in Salzburg and there’s an entire weekend planned around celebrating the event. Far more than your typical marathon, the race supports the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) – Flying Doctor’s Service, which benefits over 30 million people every year. Running is something to feel good about – the race is good for your heart and helps a county desperately in need of medical training, equipment and doctors. This is a huge project, with the goal of building up health care and educating native employees all over the country. The proceeds of the Salzburg AMREF marathon are donated to a health project in Southern Sudan.
If you’re not quite up for the full marathon yet, or still in training for the renowned New York Marathon on November 6th, there are plenty of other options – from the relay race to the half marathon to the “Just for Us” 5 km fun run and walk. The runs will take you around Salzburg’s fairytale like castles, through the oak forest and past the striking Baroque architecture of Mozart’s hometown.
If you’re still undecided, you can do late registration until the day before the marathon. If running’s not your thing, it’s still worth going to see the spectacle of it all, while enjoying the many highlights offered by the city, from locally brewed beer, to scrumptious cuisine,and enchanting sights. Catch the runners crossing the finish line in front of your hotel door by booking rooms at Arthotel Blaue Gans, White Line Hotels pick in Salzburg. The hotel is a arts, culture and historical highlight. We’re recommending booking one of the Gewölbe Restaurant’s outdoor tables under the olive and fig trees and enjoying the fresh spring breeze.
More info and a full list of events, including the culinary ones! www.salzburg-marathon.at
Salzburg AMREF Marathon 2010 – 16.5.2010 (c) SAM – Bryan Reinhart