Bolzano/Bozen, Bolzano/Bozen and environs
Bolzano, 30 October 2023 - The running season is slowly but surely drawing to a close in the northern hemisphere. But 2023 still has one absolute treat to offer, and on the last day of the year of all days. On 31 December, the BOclassic Südtirol will take place for the 49th time. The programme for one of the most renowned New Year's Eve runs in the world has now been fixed by the committed organisers.
The organising committee of the Läufer Club Bozen Raiffeisen is sticking to the tried and tested for the 49th edition of the BOclassic Südtirol - at least as far as the course and the distances to be covered are concerned. After the start on the Waltherplatz, the athletes go into the Mustergasse, then along the Goethe-Straße to the Obstplatz and from there via the Laubengasse to the Rathausplatz. After a sharp bend, they turn into Weintraubengasse, continue running into Laurinstraße and then head into Bahnhofsallee, from where they return to the starting point - Waltherplatz.
The top female athletes will complete four laps of 1.25 kilometres each and thus a total of 5 kilometres in the elite race in the heart of the South Tyrolean capital. The men will cross the Waltherplatz, where thousands of fans will create a stadium atmosphere, eight times and complete 10 kilometres. The defending champions are Oscar Chelimo from Uganda and Dawit Seyaum from Ethiopia, who also set the course record in 15.22 minutes in her first triumph in 2021. The fastest time ever run in Bolzano in the men's race was set by Phillimon Hanneck from Zimbabwe. In 1991, he completed the 10 km in 28.02 minutes.
Elite race two hours earlier than last year
But back to edition 49 of the BOclassic Südtirol on 31 December 2023. There are changes concerning the starting times. The women's elite race will start at 1.30 pm, the men's race half an hour later at 2 pm. In the run-up to the usually top-class New Year's Eve race, the amateur athletes will take to the track in Bolzano's "living room", thus having the opportunity to measure themselves against the best of the best on the basis of their time. Thus, starting at 11 a.m., a non-competitive Just For Fun will take place, where participants can stay on the circuit for up to 40 minutes. At 12 noon sharp, the starting signal will be given for the BOclassic Ladurner Volkslauf, which will also herald the start of the Top7 Run Series 2024. The distance to be covered is 5 kilometres.
Children and young people who are keen on running will be particularly committed to the Raiffeisen BOclassic Youth Cup from 12.55 p.m. onwards, before their great role models can be seen in the elite races afterwards. Registrations for all hobby and children's races are already possible on the official website of the event at https://www.boclassic.it/de/cmspre/43.html