On 6th April, the beautiful Upper Austrian capital city of Linz turns its attention once more to the running of the Linz Donau Marathon. 


Known for its excellent organisation, attention-grabbing course and energetic atmosphere, the Linz Donau Marathon is becoming a real favourite of European runners. 


Founded by the Romans, Linz is a city rich in history yet always with an eye to the future. This is clearly evident in the magnificent architecture of the city, where modern architectural masterpieces are sprinkled among majestic historic wonders.  From the spectacular Holy Trinity Column and the glorious Postlingberg Church to modern wonders such as the Brucknerhaus Concert Hall and the VoestAlpine Bridge, Linz is surely a town rich in architecture. 


Of course, the Linz Donau Marathon takes in much of this splendour, as well as abundantly including the city’s main artery – the River Danube – in the Marathon course. 

Full Marathon, Half Marathon, Quarter Marathon and a 4 x 10.5km relay event are available for participants, so regardless of your running level you can be a part of this fantastic event. 


If you’re after an event with a great course, smooth organisation and enthusiastic local support - head to Austria for the Linz Donau Marathon in April.

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New Zealand’s premier mountain biking event returns to Wellington’s Akatarawa Ranges for the next instalment of the Southern Hemisphere’s longest running mountain bike event – the Karapoti Classic. 

 

Known best for the massive challenge it presents to riders, its stunning scenery and its unique social culture, Karapoti has been an absolute ‘must do’ event for mountain bikers since 1986. 

 

The event is so much more than just a mountain bike race, but that being said the race itself is something to behold. Uncompromising, relentless, tough, brutal, extreme, awesome - all words which have been used to describe the 50km of 4WD trails, single track, hills, river crossings and wilderness which make up the race track. 

Seasoned Karapoti veterans would tell you that it’s not meant to be easy, but the satisfaction at the end of the day makes it all worth it. Basking in the post–race sun in Karapoti Park with thousands of other participants and supporters is the perfect setting to finally relax and reflect upon your latest great achievement. 

 

The Karapoti Classic makes a point of catering for people of all ages and ability, and there are suitable race categories for mountain bikers at every level. Due to its popularity the Karapoti Classic is capped at 1000 entrants, so waste no time in getting registered and involved in New Zealand’s great mountain biking event. 

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