Vienna Night Run

Vienna is a fantastic city, and it looks even more beautiful as you discover it at night. Why don’t you come together with thousands of others to participate in the annual Vienna Night Run, an event that has taken place in Vienna since 2007?

Vienna Night Run isn’t a complicated race. All participants must run 5 kilometers along the famous Ring in Vienna. Along the way, you will see beautiful attractions and sights, and you don’t have to worry about cars or anything else as you run.

Vienna Night Run 2024

Date: September 17
Official website: https://www.viennanightrun.at/

If you register early, the price to participate is 35 euros. If you register last-minute, the price limit is 45 euros.

There are lots of running competitions in Vienna and you can read about many of them in our Vienna calendar. There you will also find information about temporary exhibitions in the famous museums of Vienna, upcoming concerts, the annual Christmas markets, the popular Easter market by Schönbrunn, and so much more.

Do you like the atmosphere of running at night? Why not travel to Budapest to take part in Budapest Night Run, an event normally arranged a few weeks earlier than the night run in Vienna?

Vienna Trail Run

Are you tired of running on the asphalt? Would you rather come to Vienna and run up and down surrounded by trees and some steep hills? You should definitely consider registering for the Vienna Trail Run!

You can find a lot of information about the event at the official website at https://viennatrailrun.at/. The website is only available in German at the moment, but do not forget that Google Translate is your friend if you don’t understand German.

What are the most important things you need to know about the race?

The race normally takes place in the autumn, late in October. It takes place a bit outside the city center of Vienna, but still within the borders of the city. There are three distances to choose from; 7km, 15km, or 23km. It is one thing to run 7km or 23km in a flat city, but this race is different. The 7km race has an elevation gain of 300 meters, while the 15km race has an elevation gain of 550 meters. If you decide to run the longest distance, you will experience an elevation gain of 1000 meters.

map for Vienna Trail Run, 23 km
Here you can see the map and the elevation differences if you decide to run the 23km distance.

Vienna Trail Run 2024

Date: October 20

How much does it cost to participate? Where can I register?

The participation fees vary between 20 euros and 45 euros. The earlier you register, the cheaper it is. You can register for the event at https://time-now-sports.at/.

Where is the start of the race?

The race starts from Am Cobenzl 96 (Parkplatz) – Restaurant Waldgrill


You can read more about other running competitions and events in Vienna right here.

The Best Running Competitions in Vienna Every Year

Vienna, Austria’s capital city, is not only known for its stunning architecture, rich history, and vibrant culture but also for its thriving running scene. With its scenic routes, well-organized events, and a running community that is as diverse as it is enthusiastic, Vienna has become a haven for both amateur and professional runners. Every year, a plethora of running competitions grace the city’s streets, parks, and landmarks, providing opportunities for participants to push their limits while exploring the city. In this article, we will highlight some of the best running competitions in Vienna that take place annually.

1. Vienna City Marathon

The Vienna City Marathon is the granddaddy of all running events in Vienna. Held in late April or early May, this marathon draws participants from around the world. The race offers a variety of options, including the full marathon, half marathon, and a relay race for teams. Runners are treated to a scenic route that takes them through the heart of Vienna, showcasing the city’s iconic landmarks such as the Vienna State Opera, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and the beautiful Prater Park. The atmosphere is electric, with thousands of spectators lining the streets to cheer on the runners.

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2. Vienna Night Run

As the sun sets, the Vienna Night Run lights up the city. Typically held in early September, this 5-kilometer race offers a unique running experience through Vienna’s historic center. Participants don glow-in-the-dark accessories and are encouraged to wear their brightest, most colorful running gear. With music stations along the route and an after-party at the finish line, this race combines fitness and fun, making it perfect for runners of all levels.

3. The New Year’s Eve Run

What better way to welcome the new year than with a refreshing run through Vienna’s streets? The New Year’s Eve Run, held on December 31st, is a delightful way to bid adieu to the old year and start the new one on a healthy note. The event includes both a 5-kilometer and a 10-kilometer race, attracting runners in festive attire. The race begins and ends at Vienna’s historic Prater Park, creating a memorable experience in the heart of the city.

4. Vienna Business Run

The Vienna Business Run is not only a race but also a team-building event. Usually held in September, it is designed for company teams to participate and bond while promoting health and fitness. The event includes a 4.1-kilometer run through Vienna’s beautiful Prater Park. It’s a fantastic way to combine business and pleasure, as teams from various companies compete in a friendly atmosphere.

5. Wiener Frauenlauf (Vienna Women’s Run)

Dedicated to promoting women’s health and fitness, the Vienna Women’s Run is held in May. This event features various race options, including a 5-kilometer run, a 10-kilometer run, and a Nordic walking event. It’s a celebration of female empowerment and athleticism, and the route typically takes runners through Vienna’s picturesque Prater Park.

6. Vienna Trail Run

For those who prefer the thrill of off-road running, the Vienna Trail Run is the perfect choice. Usually taking place in September, this event offers various trail running distances, from 10 kilometers to a challenging 44 kilometers. The race route explores Vienna’s surrounding forests and hilly terrains, providing a refreshing change of scenery for runners who enjoy the great outdoors.


Would you like to read more about all these events and see when they take place in 2024? Find out what’s going on in Vienna right here.

If you click the link you can also read more about other running competitions such as the Leopold Run, the Advent Run, the Vienna Half-Marathon, and even more competitions.

New Year’s Run 2024

Are you ready to finish the year in a fantastic way? Why not take part in the fantastic New Year’s Run in Vienna? Run along the beautiful ring in Vienna, see beautiful attractions, enjoy the fellowship of thousands of other runners, and burn some calories. This and more is possible if you come to run the New Year’s Run in Vienna on December 31.

It is worth knowing that several Christmas markets in Vienna are still open at this time, meaning that you can easily combine some Christmas market atmosphere and shopping with the New Year’s Run. The race starts University of Vienna (which is very close to Rathausplatz). From there, you run towards the Danube, along the Danube, before you head towards the Stadtpark (City Park), the Museums quarter, the Burgtheater, the Parliament, and then end up by the City Hall and the university. As you cross the finish line, you have run more than 5300 meters in a beautiful environment.

You have a total of 90 minutes to finish the race, meaning that you can easily walk the distance within ninety minutes. Enjoy this chance to discover Vienna walking in the middle of the roads that are normally filled with cars.

New Year’s Run Vienna 2024

Dates: December 31
Location: University of Vienna

The price to participate is between 28 and 38 euros (depending on how early you register). You can register for the event at https://www.pentek-payment.at/. This is one of many running competitions in Vienna. You can read more about other events, running competitions, concerts, and festivals in Vienna on our “What’s happening in Vienna“-page.


Are you looking for a place to live near the University in Vienna? Below you can see a map showing hotels and apartments in all price categories. If you scroll out, you will see even more options.

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We wish you a happy new year, and hope you will enjoy running in the New Year’s Run in Vienna.

Advent Run

You have probably heard about the fantastic Christmas markets in Vienna. Would you like to combine a weekend where you visit the legendary Christmas markets with a running competition in the fabulous Prater area (where you can also find a Christmas market)? It is time to register for the annual Advent Run in Vienna.

The Advent Run in Vienna is available for runners who want to run either 3km or 7km. The event takes place in the Prater area, and the start is from Prater Hauptallee. This area is popular for running competitions in Vienna, meaning that there are several other running competitions happening in exactly the same area at other times of the year.

All participants run the 3km route first. If you sign up for the 10km race, you will continue with the traditional 7km route which is in use in other races such as the Leopoldi Run.

The entry fee for the race is normally 26 euros, but if you only register on the spot in front of the race, the price will be a little bit higher.

Advent Run 2024

Date: December 1
Location: Prater Hauptallee

You can register for the race at https://www.pentek-payment.at/. If you want to read more about other things happening in Vienna during this time of the year, look here to find out what’s happening in Vienna.

Leopold Run 2024

Are you eager to run either 7km, 14km, or 21km in a race in the Prater area in Vienna? This area is commonly used for running competitions, and during the Leopoldi Run you can decide to run a set track either once, twice, or three times. If you run the distance three times, you will have finished a half-marathon by the time you cross the finish line.

It is possible to come to the area on the day of the competition to partake, but if the maximum number of runners has been reached, you will not be able to participate. The registration fee is normally around 30 euros if you register beforehand, while it costs about 32 euros if you register on the spot.

There is little information about the Leopoldi Run in English online, but the most important you need to know is that the race starts from Prater Hauptallee, and the full race takes place in the area surrounding Prater. You can see a map showing the route for the races below.

Leopold Run 2024

Date: November 17
Location: Prater Hauptallee

Questions about the Leopold Run in Vienna.

Where can I register for the race?

You can register for the race at https://www.pentek-payment.at/. The page is by default in German, but you can click the English flag to access the website in English, making the registration process a lot easier.

Where does the run take place?

The run starts from Prater Hauptallee and there is a route of 7km that you either run once, twice, or three times. The entire race takes place at an entirely flat area, so there is no elevation at all that you need to take into consideration.

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Where can I read about other running competitions in Vienna?

We have written about the most important running competitions in Vienna in our Vienna Guide. Take a look at our events calendar to learn more about what’s going on in Vienna.

Is this area far away from the city center of Vienna?

Many people consider this to be a part of the city center of Vienna, so the answer is no. But, if you want to walk from the location of the race to the Stephansdom, then you should be prepared to walk about 3.5 km. But, if you are able to run 7, 14, or 21km, that shouldn’t cause you much trouble. If you use the metro, you can get to the city center in less than 10 minutes.

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Would you like to find a hotel near the location of the competition? Look at the map above to find hotels and apartments close to the Prater area (which is quite a lot cheaper than in the city center near Stephansdom).

Can I run together with my dog?

You are not allowed to bring animals along if you participate in the Leopold Run (or other running competitions in Vienna).

Why is the race called the Leopold Run?

The run received its name from the patron Saint of Vienna and Austria named Leopold. He lived in the 12th century and played a crucial role in the governance of the Babenberg territories, contributing to the expansion and development of the region during his reign. He is remembered for his strong Christian faith and dedication to justice.

It should also be mentioned that the run takes place in the Prater area which is a part of the district named Leopoldstadt, also named after Leopold.

Vienna Summer Night Race

There is something special about running in a city in the evening or at night. More and more cities have introduced so-called night runs in addition to the traditional marathons and half-marathons, and Vienna is one of them. Every year in June, the Vienna Summer Night Race invites runners from all across the world to participate and enjoy the beautiful city of Vienna while running distances of either 5km or 10km.

This race, like many other running competitions in Vienna, is arranged in the Prater area. The Vienna Summer Night Race is ideal for those running alone, or you can join and run together with two of your friends. It is possible to register as an individual, or as a group of three for both the 5km and the 10km distances.

The races start at Prater Hauptallee Praterstern and you run up and down the area surrounding the famous Prater Amusement Park, and you also run close to the famous Ernst-Happel Stadium in Vienna.

Vienna Summer Night Race 2024

Date: June 20
Location: Prater Hauptallee Praterstern

Would you like to participate in even more night runs in other cities in Europe? There is a fantastic night run in Budapest every year in September. If you live in Vienna, it takes less than 2 1/2 hours to drive to Budapest, making it a perfect option for those in love with running outside in the summer, but without the extreme heat in the daytime.

Where can I register for the Vienna Summer Night Race?

Unfortunately, the event doesn’t have a good website available in English which makes it a little bit more complicated. But, you can register for the race and choose the English version for registering for the race at https://www.pentek-payment.at/. There you can also register for many other races in Vienna arranged by LCC.

Are there any good hotels or apartments close to the racing competition?

It is easy to find good and cheap hotels and apartments close to the location for the night race in Vienna. Look at the map below and you will find plenty of options immediately.

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Are there other cool running competitions in Vienna?

There are lots of running events happening in Vienna. We haven’t written about all of them, but you can read about the famous Vienna Marathon and a couple of other running competitions in Vienna in our Vienna events calendar.

Vienna City Marathon

The beautiful city of Vienna is waiting for you. The city is worth exploring on foot, but have you ever considered exploring the city while running 21km or 42km? That is possible if you come to Vienna to participate in the Vienna City Marathon. On this Sunday in April (every year) you can run a full marathon or a half-marathon. Doesn’t that sound cool?

Most big cities in Europe with self-respect arrange their own marathon. But, even though there are marathons in lots of cities, the annual marathon in Vienna is one of the nicest of them all. The race starts from Wagramer Straße / Reichsbrücke at 9:00 in the morning, and you will be running along the Ringstraße, next to the Burgtheater, as you cross the finish line after 21km or 42km. This event is so popular that the Austrian TV channel ORF broadcasts the entire event live on TV.

A maximum of 35,000 participants are allowed to participate in the race, so if this is important to you, it is smart to register as soon as possible. It is also worth knowing that the price increases with time and as more and more people register.

Vienna City Marathon 2024

Date: April 21

Where can I register for the Vienna Marathon?

You can register for the event at https://www.vienna-marathon.com/. There you can also read about the event and find practical information.

How much does it cost to participate in the Vienna Marathon?

It costs between 90 euros and 135 euros to participate in the full marathon, depending on how early you register for the event.
The half-marathon costs between 70 euros and 105 euros, depending on how early you register for the event.

Are there any other competitions available for children and those not capable of running a half-marathon or full-marathon during the weekend?

On the day before the marathon (Saturday), there is a 5km run for all ages, and there are also children’s races with a distance of 800 or 1600 meters.

Can you recommend a cheap hotel or apartment in Vienna?

Would you like to spend as little as possible on your accommodation as you come to run the marathon in Vienna? Look at the map below and look for the cheapest options to find hotels or apartments ideal for you.

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Are there any other running competitions in Vienna worth experiencing?

There are several other running competitions in Vienna. You can read more about many of them in our events calendar which presents information about what’s happening in Vienna. There you can also read about concerts, exhibitions, Christmas markets, Easter markets, and other great programs in Vienna.

Vienna Night Run 2018

Do you want to discover the beauties of Vienna while running? Join in on the Vienna Night Run as it is arranged on September 25th in 2018!

There are running competitions and marathons arranged in most big cities in Europe every year. But, if you don’t feel like running a marathon (as it is too long), or you would rather run when it is dark outside, then the Vienna Night Run might be exactly what you are dreaming about! It is arranged annually in Vienna, and it is one of the best running competitions there is.

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Join the Vienna Night Run on September 25th in 2018 – Source

Vienna Night Run is arranged by Erste Bank, and it will be arranged on September 25th in 2018. The first run will start at 19.50 (for those who can and will run 5km in less than 25 minutes). Those who believe they will run slower can join in on a later start time, and at 21.00 it is time for those who want to do the race in nordic-walking style to give it a try. Everyone needs to reach the finish line by 22.30, as that is when the streets will be used for normal traffic again.

Vienna Night Run will start from  Universitätsring/Ecke Grillparzerstraße. The route will be along the ring, and it will let you see some of the most beautiful areas of Vienna as you run.

The route of the Vienna Night Run

The full route is Universitätsring – Schottenring – Franz–Josefs-Kai – Stubenring – Parkring – Schubertring – Kärntner Ring – Opern Ring – Burgring – Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring.

Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic route for an evening run on September 25th? I feel tempted to join myself, but I cannot promise anything. If you sign up at the very moment, the price is approximately 30 Euro to take part. More information about the race (in German) and a sign-up site can be found here.

The winner in 2017 ran the 5km track on 15:39 minutes, giving him an average pace of 3:08/km. Can you beat that? Join in this year to find out!

Want to know more about other events taking place in Vienna? Check out our Vienna events calendar.

Vienna Marathon 2015

Vienna MArathon 2015The Vienna City Marathon will take place again in the middle of April in 2015 which is considered one of the best races in Europe.

Vienna is the capital and also the largest city of Austria. Vienna is the most important cultural, economic and political city of Austria and it also gives home to several organisations and events through the whole year. Every year the city offers the best programs, activities such as concerts, markets and marathons. This year in April the annual Vienna City Marathon will be back in town again. The Vienna Marathon leads through the most beautiful historical and cultural attractions in the city.

The route of the marathon starts at the new and modern part of the city right at the United Nations Building then the runners cross the Reichsbrucke bride and the famous river Danube. The race then continues in the historical city passing the most beautiful spots in the city including the City Park, Vienna State Opera, the Green Market, Vienna Theatre, Museum of Technology, the Parliament, Votiv Church, Lusthaus and several other spots in the city until the route finally ends at Heldenplatz. This year the Vienna City Marathon will be held on 12th April and the race will start at 9 in the morning. The registration to the marathon costs € 65 and the registration deadline is on 27th March.

If you want to know more on the Vienna City Marathon check this site for more information.

For those who would rather run in Paris, it can be nice to know that on the same day the big Paris Marathon will be arranged (April 12th)