With Cornelia Stöckl-Moser, Hans-Peter Innerhofer and Andreas Stöckl, three of the best Salzburg street runners will start at the Salzburg Women’s Run and the Sparkasse Half Marathon with good prospects of success.
Marathon Olympic participant Peter Herzog absorbs the special atmosphere of his home race as the starting runner of the Sporthilfe celebrity relay at the Hyundai relay marathon.
Cornelia Stöckl-Moser (SC Leogang) is a regular guest at the Salzburg Women’s Run. For the fifth time in a row, the former state champion in marathon running and state record holder on various distances is exclusively for women and girls at the largest active sports event in the state. For the 27-year-old, the Salzburg Women’s Run is an annual fixture. “I’m always happy to be there because I enjoy the special atmosphere of the Salzburg Women’s Run. It’s a running event to enjoy. Although many want to get from the starting line to the finish line as quickly as possible, you can clearly see that there is less competition. As a result, the atmosphere is much more relaxed,” says the Pinzgauer, describing the special character of the Salzburg Women’s Run. For them, too, on Friday evening starting at 7:30 p.m., the focus is not on the sporty, ambitious approach, but on the enjoyable running experience.
Signal effect for a conscious life
In its 14th edition, the Salzburg Women’s Run opens the competition program on the weekend of the running festival in the city of Mozart, as it did in 2019. The event, which includes a 5.5 km long run and a 5.5 km walking competition by Bio Austria on a flat route along both banks of the Salzach, is the annual highlight of the movement campaign “Woman runs!”. “Our main goal is to inspire as many women in Salzburg as possible to adopt a more active and conscious lifestyle,” says organizer Ruth Langer, who launched the exercise initiative “Woman Runs!” together with her husband Johannes in 2009. The sporting competitions are embedded in a varied and entertaining program for health-conscious and active women. Start and finish are in the Volksgarten. “The inclusion in the program of the running festival in the city of Mozart is a great upgrade for the Salzburg Women’s Run,” says Ruth Langer.
Hans-Peter Innerhofer with momentum from recent successes
The fastest runner on the first marathon lap is likely to be the favorite in the half marathon on Sunday. Hans-Peter Innerhofer (LC Oberpinzgau) would like to set another highlight with a good result on the flat stretch of the Salzburg Marathon at the end of his road running season in spring. At the beginning of April in Rotterdam he improved his marathon best to a time of 2:21:24 hours and would probably have stayed under 2:20 hours if he hadn’t suffered from stomach problems after 35 kilometers. Only three weeks later he presented himself with fresh legs again at the Austrian Championships in the 10km road race in Attnang-Puchheim and ran a silver medal in a personal best of 29:51 minutes. “The speed is right, this competition showed me that. On Sunday I’m looking forward to a fast half marathon. If the conditions are good, I hope to be able to beat my best time of 1:07:18 hours,” says the 26-year-old.
For him, the Sparkasse half marathon is an ideal endurance test with a view to the state championships in mountain running two weeks later: “A perfect endurance stimulus, after all the distance in the mountain running ÖM is not as long as in a half marathon, but the running time will be roughly comparable .” After his previously successful road running season in spring 2022, there is no break for Innerhofer, because the mountain running state championships are the gateway to European championships and world championships in this discipline – important goals for him in the further course of the season.
Andreas Stöckl with a short recovery time
Another fast Pinzgauer is at the start of the Sparkasse half marathon. Andreas Stöckl (SC Leogang), Cornelia’s husband, is also a regular guest at the most important running events in the state capital. Last fall, three weeks after winning the VCM half marathon, he completed the half marathon as part of the Lauf.Sport.Fest.Salzburg, oddly enough, in exactly the same time and finished third. The 27-year-old, who has been able to improve continuously in recent years and is thinking towards his marathon debut in the medium term, is stacking low for Sunday: last Sunday he ran almost 60 kilometers at the Wings for Life World Run in Vienna. “It’s a question of freshness in the legs,” he clarifies. “Climbing down the stairs at the beginning of the week was an adventure!”
Olympic participants in the marathon meets Olympic champions in ski jumping
Salzburg currently the most successful runner, Peter Herzog (Union Salzburg LA) has reoriented himself after missing the qualification for the EMMarathon due to injury and is currently preparing intensively for the European Cup over 10,000m at the end of the month in Pacé, France, in order to qualify for the European Championships there create in this discipline. The fact that the ÖLV marathon record holder missed his home appearance at the running festival in the city of Mozart was out of the question for him. He is taking part as the starting runner of a Hyundai Sporthilfe relay team and is particularly looking forward to running together with the Olympic ski jumping team champion Jan Hörl, as he revealed at a press conference yesterday: “Cohesion, fun, a shared running experience and enjoying the emotions – This is what running events like the Running Festival in the City of Mozart and especially the Hyundai Relay Marathon stand for.”
Walk through the beauties of Salzburg together
Organizer Johannes Langer is very pleased to see many familiar faces from local running at the state’s largest active sports event: “I am very happy about this act of appreciation by Salzburg’s fastest runners for our event, as it also shows the solidarity. May this wonderful feeling of togetherness be transferred to all participants – then the running festival in the city of Mozart will meet all our expectations.”
As has been the case for years, the competition program of the running festival in the city of Mozart extends over three days and contains different challenges. Numerous Salzburg residents are active in all competitions and contribute significantly to the inspiring overall atmosphere of this international running weekend, in the middle of the beauty and diversity of the city of Mozart.
To the Salzburg Marathon