Diverse running and cycling routes, preferably in the countryside, as well as large stretches of water with the best water quality, provide ideal conditions to train. Klagenfurt am Wörthersee, Carinthia’s provincial capital, boasts all of these in abundance. What’s more, it has lots of experience as a venue of large-scale events. Since 1998, the (now legendary) IRONMAN AUSTRIA has taken place in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee. 124 participants competed in the first race covering the classic triathlon distance – 3.8 kilometres of swimming, 180 kilometres of cycling, and 42.2 kilometres of running. In 2017, almost 3,000 iron men and women from 60 countries took up the challenge.
If you are looking to achieve a good result in this competition, you’ll find ideal training opportunities in Klagenfurt and its surroundings. For your swim training, Strandbad Klagenfurt lido is quick and convenient to reach. The swimming season on Lake Wörthersee, one of the warmest Alpine lakes, stretches from the beginning of May until the end of September. Well-kept cycling and running routes run through unspoilt natural landscapes. For example, there are connecting routes between the city and the major Carinthian cycle paths, such as the Drau cycle path. A half marathon route runs around Klagenfurt, largely in the countryside and alongside stretches of water. Runners can train there all year round, as the route, which is equipped with drinking fountains and distance signs, is also maintained in winter. Enjoy sports-filled days in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee and train on the original routes of the Ironman Austria, or take one of the excellent, varied cycling tours in the surroundings of Klagenfurt.