Address: Südbahnstrasse 22, A-9900 Lienz, Austria
Tel: +43 4852 65 9990
Fax: +43 4852 65 9999
First race: 19th of March 1970, 48 starters
Highest number of participants in main race: 1982, 3302 finishers
Worldloppet membership: founding member
The race was born in 1970 based on the idea of Robert Steiner who is still and since that time deeply connected with the race. He was the initiator and “spiritual father“ of the Dolomitenlauf slogan „Jeder ein Sieger über sich selbst“ (everyone a winner of himself) which explains the spirit of popular racing and particularly the meaning of the Dolomitenlauf. No matter whether young or old, professional or amateur each athlete will find what he is looking for and is able to enjoy beautiful days in the middle of the powerful dolomites!
START/FINISH LOCATION OF THE RACE in Obertilliach Biathlon Center, elevation 1400 m, coordinates: 46°42’37.7″N 12°35’34.7″E
If snow conditions allow, the race will start and finish in City of Lienz.
Distance Lienz to Obertilliach is 40 km
For a several decades the Dolomitenlauf course run on the floor of the Osttirol’s Drau valley, starting from the town of Lienz and passing through the villages of Lavant, Pirkach, Nikolsdorf, Doelsach and Tristach before finishing through the streets of the Lienz. The finish of Dolomitenlauf was in the main square, bringing the race directly to the local population.
In recent years, global warming has brought with it a lack of snow at the low altitudes over which the race originally run and the race had to be cancelled on three occasions between 1994 and 2002. The response of the organizers to this crisis was to form a liaison with the nearby village of Obertilliach (1450 m over sea level), which lies at higher altitude and has a snow-safe record. The possibility of moving the race to the Cross-Country and Biathlon Centre at Obertilliach in the event of lack of snow in Lienz has assured the future of the race and in recent years mainly this 42 km course has been used.
HOW TO GET TO LIENZ
Lienz is a medieval town in the Austrian state of Tyrol. It is the administrative centre of the Lienz district, which covers all of East Tyrol.
Getting there by train/bus
Getting there by car
Please note that a Motorway Toll Sticker (Vignette) is compulsory on all motorways in Austria. In Austria all drivers are required by law to drive with dipped headlights or daytime running lights at all times during daylight hours.
On Friday evening, in the center of Lienz, the traditional Dolomitensprint takes place. This is the world´s oldest cross country skiing sprint and it hasn´t lost non of its tradition yet. A special skiing area is build every year at the mainsquare of Lienz where more than 30 worldclass sprinters are delighting thousands of spectators from all over the world.
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Tour in Lienz in 2 hours click HERE