run vienna - enjoy classics

Everybody Waltz!

Everyone goes waltzing at the Vienna City Marathon! Vienna is the city of the Waltz and a Music capital. The dance in ¾ time is the perfect expression of a feeling for life: classic, dynamic and celebrating life itself. The marathon shares this rhythm.

In the past the Vienna City Marathon has begun to the strains of “The Blue Danube”, a perfect match for the motto “Run Vienna – Enjoy Classics.” In 2014 the Vienna Waltz will be at the heart of the VCM, reflecting the spinning and floating dance movement for which Vienna is famous.

Vienna Waltz Program

It’s got a great swing to it: Your Vienna Waltz program at the Vienna City Marathon!
Concert with Strauss and Mozart ahead oft he Vienna City Marathon at the Kursalon Wien on
Friday, 11th April 2014, 08:15 pm.
For more details please see: VCM Concert

Vienna Waltz Show Acts at the Vienna Sports World on
Friday, 11th April and Saturday, 12th April 2014.
For the detailed programme of the Vienna Sports World please go to: Vienna Sports World

The Town Hall goes dancing! Walzing crash courses, Taxi Dancer and everybody waltz at the International Friendship Party on
Saturday, 12th April 2014 from 02:00 – 07:00 pm in the Banqueting Hall of Viennas Town Hall.
For more information please have a look here: International Friendship Party

Vienna Waltz Show Acts at the finishing area of theVCM children and youth races Coca-Cola 4.2 und 2.0 on
Saturday, 12th April 2014 as well as at the finishing area of the Vienna City Marathon on
Sunday, 13th April 2014.

„Everybody Waltz“ Marathon Hotspot on the running course at the „Stadtpark“, 10,5/40,5 K with waltz music, dance floor, moderation and the possibility for spectators to dancee!
Sunday, 13th April 2014.

The Dancing School Rueff is in charge of the artistic artwork in relation with dancing at the Vienna City Marathon.

Vienna Waltz Information

When the Waltz was created over 200 years ago, it was initially looked down upon by “High Society” because it brought couples into physical contact. Johann Strauß was the man who, above all, made the Waltz known worldwide with his tunes. It would be unthinkable to have the Opera Ball or the New Year Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic without the strains of the Waltzes written by the Strauß family.
Let yourself be surprised by the music of the Waltz and its dance! There’s no better place to enjoy it than at the Vienna City Marathon because the Danube is the river celebrated more than any other and the Vienna Waltz is one of the radiant symbols of the city.

Enjoy Vienna and the Vienna Waltz, here with a video oft he Dancing School Rueff: Hop on Walz!

Run Vienna – Enjoy Classics

In recent years the Vienna City Marathon has succeeded in creating a unique position as a marathon event on the international scene. It offers participants a very different experience to what they can find elsewhere around the world. The reason why it’s extraordinary is because that’s in keeping with the city of Vienna itself and because the organising team brings such passion and creativity to their work to make the Vienna City Marathon outstanding.

Take the chance and browse online through our unique booklet. Let yourself be swept away by the charm of this beautiful city and the emotional pictures of the Vienna City Marathon. To get a copy of the image brochure, visit the booth of the Vienna City Marathon at the marathon expo in Berlin. The booklet can also be found in Goodie Bags of different marathon events. You would like to receive a copy by mail? Feel free to contact us via [contact form].

Click here to browse through the jubilee booket VCM booklet:

In recent years the Vienna City Marathon has succeeded in creating a unique position as a marathon event on the international scene. It offers participants a very different experience to what they can find elsewhere around the world. The “VCM” gives you the chance to experience the marathon in a unique way. The reason why it’s extraordinary is because that’s in keeping with the city of Vienna itself and because the organising team bring such passion and creativity to their work to make the Vienna City Marathon outstanding.


What Makes The Vienna City Marathon Unique

The Vienna City Marathon defines itself not only as a sports event with thousands of participants and spectators. It is a public spectacle. Runners should receive more than just a start number, drinks and an official finishing time. They should be able to take away with them pictures and emotions, they should be able to experience the marathon and the city and have uplifting tales to tell.



Vienna Is Extraordinary

Vienna fascinates as both a historic and modern cultural capital – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart spent the peak of his creativity here, Sigmund Freud developed psychoanalysis in Vienna, while museums, theatres and concert halls offer the visitor a fascinating range of interests. Vienna has a global reach, is home to the United Nations and many other international organisations. It is a city much in demand for its lifestyle and as a holiday destination – worldwide surveys often place Vienna number one for quality of life.

Experience all of this with the Vienna City Marathon. The VCM brings together the classic tourist images of Vienna combined with modern lifestyle. This unique combination of a musical world tradition, cultural heritage and contemporary running event makes the VCM unique. Within the last 30 years since its creation the event has earned for itself an outstanding position on the international running scene. The biggest sports event in Austria motivates more than 41,000 participants to get involved, making it the biggest participatory event in the country.

The world federation for athletics, the IAAF, has awarded the VCM their exclusive IAAF Road Race Gold Label. Some of the fastest runners in the world have won here, including the running legend Haile Gebrselassie and the double World champion Abel Kirui. Many young athletes have used Vienna as a springboard for their international careers. To run here is something special for every runner, especially when you receive a medal decorated with exclusive Swarovski crystal which every marathon finisher is given after crossing the finish line as a trophy to remind them of their achievement.


Classical Overture

The sequence of events begins long before the starting gun. Participants have the chance in the days before the competition to get in the mood for the great race with classical music. Following the motto “run vienna - enjoy classics”, there are concerts with the Vienna Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle, Christian Thielemann or the outstanding pianist Rudolf Buchbinder as well as concerts with the Vienna Boys’ Choir which provided many runners with deeply moving experiences.


International Friendship Party In The Town Hall Banqueting Suite

A special highlight is the "International Friendship Party" on the Saturday before the VCM. The event has become an exciting meeting place for participants from over a hundred countries over the past years. The main reason of this event is to share the anticipation and excitement of the marathon day to come. There's probably no other marathon in the world which has the kind of space at its disposal as the Vienna City Marathon in the exquisite neo-gothic banqueting suite of Vienna's Town Hall. While we're on the subject, there is also fantastic "Kaiserschmarrn", a traditional Viennese pancake, in addition to delicious Italian pasta on offer. Participants of the Vienna City Marathon, their family and friends enjoy an attractive programme guided by moderation.


Impressive Course For Culture

One of the founding principles of the VCM Organisation was and remains the search for the current and long term best solution, never opting for the easy way out. The Vienna City Marathon takes you to Vienna's most impressive modern and historic sights. It begins between the skyscrapers of the UNO complex, the site of the United Nations. Straight after the start, participants cross the 864 metre long Imperial Bridge (Reichsbrücke) over the beautiful blue waters of the River Danube, accompanied by the world famous melody of the Danube Waltz by Johann Strauß. No other river in the world has had as many songs composed about it as the Danube, which divides historic and modern Vienna. The race takes you past the Riesenrad or giant ferris wheel, through the green expanse of Prater Park. It then continues on Vienna's Ring Road, past the famous Opera House, through Vienna's River Valley to reach Schönbrunn Castle, the former imperial summer residence. On the way back runners can take in the greatest examples of Vienna's architecture along the Ring Road, from the numerous museums and the Town Hall to the Burg Theatre and the University.
Discover the Course.


Competitions For All

The course has been steadily developed since the race's debut edition in 1984. Several years ago we worked out how simultaneously to stage a marathon, half marathon and a relay marathon, the latter the biggest in the world, as well as integrating two childrens' races into our organisation, all on a modern, attractive and interesting course from the sporting perspective. This programme of events offers runners of every ability the chance to experience Vienna in their running.


A Marathon For All The Senses

In the world capital of classical music runners discover their rhythm in tune with the melodies of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the waltz king Johann Strauß with more than ten kilometres of the course resounding to music. The "Marathon Sound of Vienna" gives you wings at the very start, when runners from every nation taking part are welcomed to the strains of Beethoven's "Ode to Joy." Participants can hear classic melodies as they run along the Ring Road. Vienna would not be Vienna if the finishing straight on the Heldenplatz didn't have a suitable accompaniment. While spectators in their thousands in the packed stands await the approach of the winner to the sound of Richard Strauss' "Thus spoke Zarathustra", a tide of emotion is unleashed over the last 200 metres as the runners approach the finish line. This finishing straight, one of the most beautiful anywhere in the world, is just as moving an experience for the great mass of runners.


Vienna Celebrates The Marathon

Vienna shows it knows how to have a party and not only at high society events such as the Opera ball or the Life Ball, Europe’s biggest fund-raising event to combat AIDS. The marathon is no exception. That’s why the VCM leads straight into the party marathon. No marathon event in the world has a better appointed hospitality area right next to the finish. Alongside a large public area where you can just hang out and relax are a large number of luxuriously furnished party tents which can be hired by companies and teams. The celebrations and dancing carry on into the evening. Of course, everyone’s keen to exchange experiences and impressions of a successful Vienna City Marathon.


A New Theme Every Year

Each year the marathon in Vienna takes a different subject for its main theme. It was fitting that for a marathon in the world capital of music, Mozart’s anniversary in 2006 was the first such example. Since then the event has adopted the claim “run vienna - enjoy classics” and it has gone from strength to strength. However, music and culture are not the only possible choices for our annual theme. In 2009 the VCM became the marathon for debutants – only those runners who had never run a marathon before were invited for the elite field. This was a concept which prove a great talking field. In 2010 the VCM celebrated the anniversary: “2,500 years of the Legend of the Marathon”. with a big exhibition and the “Marathon Flame” from Greece. In 2011 Haile Gebrselassie took part, this world star entrancing everyone by his presence. In 2012 Vienna and the Vienna City Marathon dedicated the side events and activities around the event to the 150th birthday of the significant artist of Art Nouveau, Gustav Klimt. In 2013, the Vienna City Marathon celebrated its 30th anniversary. Let yourself be swept away into the world of the Vienna City Marathon, which will be under the motto “Everybody Waltz!" in 2014.


Discover Vienna in running the marathon, or discover it anew! We look forward to welcoming you.

April 13, 2014

Please find below all VCM events 2014 on the spot:

  • Vienna City Marathon, 42,195 km - Marathon in the world capital of music! [more]
  • OMV Halbmarathon, 21,0975 km - Half the full distance! [more]
  • Staffel-Marathon, biggest relay marathon - worldwide! [more]
  • Coca-Cola 4.2 - Running experience for tomorrow`s marathon winners! [more]
  • Coca-Cola 2.0 - Run and fun for youngsters! [more]