3rd VCM Winter Run

In preparation for the 41st Vienna City Marathon on 21 April 2024, we are organising several running events in Vienna: the VCM Winter Running Series. For motivation and to meet friends. This is how we run with energy through autumn & winter! 

The centrepiece of the VCM Winter Running Series is the Prater Hauptallee with an attractive route around the Lusthaus.

Look forward to a special highlight on March 10, 2024, when we start the "3rd Vienna Calling Half Marathon" on the Reichsbrücke. Experience the record-breaking course like at the start of the Vienna City Marathon and Eliud Kipchoge's INEOS 1:59 Challenge. 

The free start quotas for VCM participants have already been used up. This campaign has ended. Thank you for the great interest!

The VCM Winter Running Series is a proud partner of Erste Bank Sparkasse Running.

All events of the VCM Winter Running Series are officially AIMS-measured and part of the World Athletics Global Calendar.
Date: Sunday, March 10, 2024
Distances: 5 km | 10 km | Half Marathon
8:00 AM: Half Marathon with start with one single start on the Reichsbrücke, finish on Prater Hauptallee. 
11:00 | 11:05 AM: 5 km and 10 km with two start waves & finish in the Prater Hauptallee
Two start waves at 5 & 10 km:
Order yourself according to your running pace, regardless of your distance.
  • 1st wave 11:00 - faster than 5:30 min/km
  • 2nd wave 11:05 - slower than 5:30 min/km
Half Marathon course: Reichsbrücke > Lassallestraße > Praterstern > Prater Hauptallee > Lusthaus > Riesenrad > Lusthaus > Riesenrad > Finish
Finish Time: 10:45 AM
5 km & 10 km course: Hauptallee towards Lusthaus > Around the Lusthaus > Hauptallee towards Praterstern > Turning point > back to the finish. To be run once for 5 km, twice for 10 km.
Click on the map to enlarge it.

Entry Fee: Half Marathon € 30
No late entries for the Half Marathon!

Entry Fee: 5 km: € 15 
Entry Fee: 10 km: € 20 

Entries deadline: Thursday, 07.03.2024, 11:59 PM

Late entry 5K | 10K on race day: € 20 or € 25 (only card payment possible)
The possibility of late entry generally only applies if starting places are still available.


Find here all results immediately after the race.

Bib number pick-up 

Friday, March 8, 2024, 2-6 PM
HERVIS, Mariahilfer Straße 36, 1070 Vienna
Pick up your race number on Friday if at all possible, especially if you are a half marathon participant. You can also pick up the number for someone else.
On top of that, you will receive a 20 per cent discount on the entire running range (except reduced goods and sports watches) in the Hervis shop at Mariahilfer Straße 36 on this afternoon.

Last-minute bib number pick-up for the half marathon
Sunday, 10 March 2024, 7:00 am to 7:30 am
Reichsbrückerampe Süd (ascent from the Danube Island to the start on the Reichsbrücke)

Last-minute bib number pick-up 5 km | 10 km
Sunday, 10 March 2024, 9:00 to 10:45 am
In the start/finish area in the Prater Hauptallee (Stadionbad car park area)
Please arrive early and note that there may be waiting times.

Timing with RFID chip in the race number. You cannot use your own chip and do not need to rent a chip. 

Starting area half marathon

The start is on the Reichsbrücke - directly above the Danube Island.

The start area on the Reichsbrücke can be reached by public transport with the underground line U1, station "Donauinsel" (exit "Donauinsel"), on foot or by bike via the footpath/cycle path below the Reichsbrücke.

Access to the Reichsbrücke is from the Danube Island via the south ramp. There is no access by car and no stopping or parking facilities on the Danube Island and/or the Reichsbrücke Ramp South. Please allow sufficient time for your journey to the start.

Access to the start on the Reichsbrücke is possible from 7.30 am for runners from the south ramp. If you want to activate and warm up beforehand, you can do so on the Danube Island.

The start is at 8:00 am.

Cloakroom storage in the BigBus

Possibility to leave a clothes bag in a BigBus. The bus will be available at the Reichsbrücke and will drive to the Prater Hauptallee after the start, where it will also be available for the 5 km & 10 km competition.
No liability for loss or theft.

Refreshment stations

Half marathon
Two refreshment points at the half marathon in the Stadionbad area (on both sides of the Hauptallee)
At approx. KM 4.5 and KM 13: water, Powerade
At approx. KM 8 and KM 16.5: water

5 km | 10 km runs
One refreshment point: Water, Powerade

Finish refreshments for all races
Water, Powerade, Coca-Cola, bananas, biscuits

Goodies & Specials
  • adidas Test & Try: The adidas team will come to the Hauptallee so that you can test the new great Supernova models.
  • Moderation at the start (Reichsbrücke), in the finish area at the Stadionbad and at the Lusthaus.
  • Wien Energie Boombox Runners will provide music along the route.
  • As a successful finisher, you will receive spring flowers at the finish - while stocks last.
Award ceremonies
  • 9:45 am for the top 3 overall finishers in the men's and women's half marathon
  • 12:00 pm for the top 3 overall women and men in the 5 km and 10 km races

The winners and top 3 will receive the VCM Winter Run medal, flowers and prizes. No age group award ceremony.


Price: € 5
Order: until the closing date of the respective competition together with the registration or via link in your registration confirmation.

The VCM winter running medal is a great souvenir of your run. It is a three-dimensional snowflake and consists of two interlocking wooden parts with a ribbon. The VCM winter running trophy is manufactured in Lower Austria and made from regional wood. We therefore offer a resource-saving and sustainable memento.

Important: There is no reordering on site! If you would like to receive a medal, you must order it in advance.

The top 3 in the overall standings of each race will receive their VCM Winter Run trophy at the award ceremony, regardless of whether they order it or not.