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Austria's biggest mountain running event: 21 years, 1.500 participants, 20 nations and thousands of spectators. The common goal is the summit of the Styrian Pyramid. In order to reach the summit, the floors of the mountain must be overcome. The all-round view of the magnificent mountain panorama of the Eisenerzer Alps - from the Eisenerzer Reichenstein over the Kaiserschild - compensates as a reward for the exertions.


Hard Facts

13 kilometers

758 meters in altitude*
slope of about 6% 

*Difference between starting point and highest point.


Four or more people can form a team. All team members must be registered for the same distance.

The three fastest teams (male, female, mixed) will be scored.


The earlier you register, the cheaper it is for you! More info about the entry fee jumps will follow! Online registration possible until 20.07.2024.


Late registration is possible online and at the event! 


Order your original "Krone Erzberg Adventure Days" sports shirt of the new collection at an exclusive special price until 07th of  March 2024!

Order directly at the registration!

Erzberg Run

from € 44


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This is what awaits you!

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Unique ambience

"There is something special about the Erzberg" - connoisseurs know what they are talking about. Even the starting ritual at the Erzberg Run is anything but ordinary! To the sounds of the specially composed Erzberg symphony "26th floor - 7th horizon", everyone gets into the right mood for the run, until the deafening blast finally clears the course. By the way it opens only once in a year and exclusively for endurance athletes. The goal, which is the summit of the Erzberg, is usually a closed area. The Erzberg shuttle also takes visitors up to the summit and thus guarantees a finish line experience under thunderous applause!


Course with many highlights

Since last year, participants can look forward to a new course: with just over 13 kilometers and a total of 600 altitude difference, the new course is initially rather flat over very scenic passages up to about kilometer 2, from where the route then climbs continuously in a slight to medium gradient on paved roads and paths. A special highlight in the 2nd part of the route is the crossing of the Erzberg through the
1.2 km long illuminated practice tunnel of Europe's most modern tunnel research center "Zentrum am Berg". From about kilometer 11 the route then climbs even more sharply to the finish sprint, which demands everything again with about 200 meters of altitude up to the otherwise inaccessible summit point.


Exclusive summit experience

Erzberg is the largest active mining site in Central Europe and is (almost) 365 days a year dedicated to ore mining. On a few days, however, Erzberg is also a legendary film set and the scene of spectacular outdoor & extreme sports events, such as the world-famous Erzbergrodeo, the toughest off-road motorcycle race in the world, or the "Krone Erzberg Adventure Days", Austria's largest mountain running sports festival. The Styrian Pyramid, as the Erzberg is also called due to its shape, is embedded in an impressive alpine landscape. However, the 360° panorama is reserved for the participants of the Erzberg Run & Erzberg Walk, who are exclusively allowed to enter the highest point at an altitude of about 1,460 meters.

Information for your participation

  • Participation criteria
    Minimum age People over the age of 16 are eligible to participate. People under the age of 18 must hand in a signed declaration of consent from a person with parental authority when collecting the starting numbers.
  • Course
    The AT&S Vertical Iron Sprint takes you over the steepest and most challenging section of the Erzberg dirt run course - up the famous "water pipe". At the Erzberg Rodeo/Red Bull Hare Scramble, the toughest off-road single race in the world, the "water pipe" mercilessly throws off dozens of professional riders every year and has always been considered one of the central "stumbling blocks" in the course of the race. At the Erzberg Dirtrun, too, the water pipe is the crucial sticking point right at the beginning of the course. If you make it, you will continue on a breathtaking course with up to 60 more obstacles. If you don't make it, the fun was short-lived and you get to try your luck again next year. Now it's going to be tougher than ever: cover the 180-meter course over Erzberg scree as fast as possible and climb 92 meters of altitude on an extreme incline. The steepest section measures 97%, but even on average you'll have to fight against a gradient of over 50%!
  • Start number distribution | Registration on site
    When? Possible on the day of the competition, 13.07.2024, from 07:30 a.m. onwards. Where? At the event area, concrete information will follow The following documents are required to receive your START NUMBER: valid photo ID Ticket (confirmation of registration) For under 18-year-olds: declaration of consent of a parent or legal guardian (Download) The following documents are required for REGISTRATION ON SITE: valid photo ID signed conditions of participation incl. disclaimer (Download) For under 18-year-olds: declaration of consent by a parent or legal guardian (Download) >> In case of registration on site the entry fee has to be paid in cash!
  • Timetable (Start & Finish)
    Start Water pipe bottom end 1st start: 04:30 p.m. Then about every 30 seconds the next participant is starting. Finish Water pipe top end Participants should be ready to start 45 minutes before the 1st start, because from 03::45-04:00 p.m. the shuttle busses will leave for the starting area of the AT&S Vertical Iron Sprint.
  • Transport to the start/finish
    The Erzberg shuttle takes participants and visitors from the festival area Bohrerschmiede to the start at the lower end of the water pipe. After your run the Erzberg shuttle will take you from the finish at the upper end of the water pipe back to the festival area Bohrerschmiede. The use of the shuttle is free of charge for participants and visitors. Departure for the start: 03:45-04:00 p.m.
  • Time tracking
    Time tracking: MaxFun Sports GmbH Only chips/RFID tags from the timing company can be used at this event. Participants will receive a rental chip at the race number distribution. The rental fee for the chip is € 3,- each.   Chips must be returned immediately after the race.   WITHOUT A CHIP THERE IS NO TIME TRACKING!
  • Rating
    The winner of the day will receive a winner's trophy and PRIZE MONEY. The 2nd and 3rd place (m/f) overall will receive a winner's trophy. ​ TEAM male | female | mixed Four or more people can form a team. The fastest team (male, female and mixed) will be scored and will receive a winner's trophy.
  • Your package
    Package 1 - Regular ticket: free parking at the venue high quality start number >> good assignability of your participant pictures! free luggage drop-off warm-up program with before the run refreshments stations at the start & finish station + at least 3 refreshment stations along the course time tracking high quality finisher medal finisher package with a banana, cereal bar, water, energy drink & refreshing drink free meal after the race (regular/veggie) festive winner ceremony high-quality winner trophies (for daily and class winners and winning teams) digital promotion pass with many discounts & promotions goodie bag with many useful products and extras music and show program Package 2 - Dirtrun combi ticket: You receive the following additional services in your Dirtrun service package: high-quality start number >> easy to assign your participant pictures! refreshments at the start and finish refreshment station time tracking festive winner ceremony high-quality winner trophies for winning teams as well as prize money for the daily winners
  • Arrival
    You can get to the "Krone Erzberg Adventure Days" by car as well as by train + bus. Furthermore, there is a group on Facebook for the formation of carpools from all over Austria. Plan enough time for the journey and come generally in time. We recommend: Arrive at the site at least 1 hour before the start. Participants have to pick up their starting documents 30 minutes before the start and go to the shuttle stop. Click here for further information about your arrival
  • Accommodations
    Around the area are different accommodations to choose from: from a 4-star hotel in the more urban environment to a cottage village in the middle of nature. You can find everything there. During the event days, the accommodations are usually very well booked. It is therefore advisable to look for a suitable place to stay as early as possible. Click here for more information about the accommodations
  • Site regulations
    The Erzberg is still an active mining site. We ask you to follow certain rules during your visit and to adhere to the site regulations so that we can continue to use this unique location and offer you top-class sporting competitions in the future. View site regulations
  • Important information for participants & visitors
    Proper clothing & footwear: You will be in high alpine terrain at Erzberg. Make sure you wear sturdy shoes and appropriate clothing - it's best to wear a double-layered suit, as temperatures can fluctuate greatly between the valley and the summit. Besides: the mountain is full of surprises! From the past years we know that the Erzberg likes to show itself from different sides. From 30 degrees and sweltering heat to a wintery snow-covered summit landscape, everything has been there, even in summer. So be prepared for all weather conditions.
  • Dirtrun combi ticket
    AT&S Vertical Iron Sprint for only € 23,- Participants who register for the Erzberg Dirtrun will receive the ticket for the Vertical Iron Sprint for only € 23,- instead of the regular € 29,-. This discount will be automatically taken into account during online registration.

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