71. International Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf – What a f***ing weather

wet sports ground

The 71. Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf was my last running event for 2019 (so far) – let’s see, maybe there is something to come.
The running competition happened on the fifth of October, 2019. It was on Saturday, during the early afternoon.
Just a week before this event, I finished the Little Mammut Wien 55km.

Get your start number

There were two dates when the organizers handed out the start numbers.
You could get it either one day before the run, on Friday between 16:00 and 18:00, or the day of the race between 11:00 and 12:30.
You were able to pick your start number up at the sports ground Marswiese. The same place where the Hernalser Herbstlauf happened some weeks ago.
I decided to get my start number on Saturday. As such, I was there at Marswiese at approximately noon and picked it up and got a functional running t-shirt because I was one of the first 300 people registered for the 71. International Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf.

sports ground Marswiese - Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf
Sports ground Marswiese

The transport to Leopoldsberg

The sports ground Marswiese was also where the transport via bus to Leopoldsberg was leaving for all participants.
At 1 p.m., four buses left the sports ground Marswiese and drove all runners to the start at Leopoldsberg.
Unfortunately, it started raining a bit on Leopoldsberg.
We still had to wait 35 minutes until the race started. One of the buses was there to store all the clothes we didn’t need for the race.
Since the bus had to leave the parking spot at Leopoldsberg 10 minutes before the race started, everybody put their jackets and so on back into the bus.
The bus waited later at the sports ground Marswiese, where the finish of the 71. Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf was so that everybody was able to get their clothes after the run.

clothes transport bus

The Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf itself

Punctually at 2 p.m., the 71. International Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf started.
The Wiener Höhenstraße was closed for all traffic during this time – precisely from 14:00 till 16:00.

Route - 71. International Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf
Height profile - 71. International Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf

It was a great experience to run on the Wiener Höhenstraße.
When the race started, it had stopped raining, and there was even a bit of sunshine.
Unfortunately, the weather got worse during the run again.
After 8 kilometers, the organizers even had arranged a small supply station with water and some isotonic drinks. I consumed nothing there.
Shortly after I passed this supply station, heavy rain, storm, and even thunder started.
It was around 12°C, and with all these f***ing weather, my clothes and shoes and everything got wet.
That was an exciting running experience, but nothing that needs to repeat during upcoming runs.

The course of the 71. Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf was 14.3 kilometers long.
I finished as runner 78 among 177 runners on that day with 1 hour and 12 minutes.

I can hardly recommend this running event for anybody. As mentioned before, it was an amazing experience. The most important thing is that you are normally not able to run this course because it’s on a normal street which is not intended to be used by runners. The street is only closed once per year for this awesome running event of the Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf.

Result - Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf
Me after finishing the Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf
Me, after finishing the 71. International Wiener Höhenstraßenlauf

The Wiener Höhenstraße is a very old historic street which was opened in 1935. If you want to learn more about the Wiener Höhenstraße, please follow this link.

If you are interested in which other running events I attended in 2019, you can find them and a short history of my other attendances on past events in this blog article.

You are curious why I share this experience with you, no problem. You can get a hint here.
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