The 16th edition of the Austrian 1/2 Iron Triathlon – Hubert König Memorial will be held on May 11, 2019 with a race distance of 2km swim, 86km bike and 19km run. The event enjoys a unique location in the south of the Austrian state of Styria. This area is close to the border of Slovenia via an old road bridge and the distance of Croatia is around 70km.
The event honours Hubert König, who was the longstanding President of the Styrian Triathlon Federation and who died on July 28, 2006 at the age of 61. König was elected to the Styrian Triathlon Federation (STTRV) in 1987 as a representative of the Styrian Federation of Athletics. On May 27, 1988, he took on the role of Public Relations Officer. From April 4, 1990 to October 1999, he served as president of the STTRV.
In addition, König also exercised important functions in the Austrian Triathlon Federation. He is also considered a trailblazer for running and triathlon events in Styria. He devised the Graz Marathon and organized it for many years.
The Austrian 1/2 Iron Triathlon has grown steadily, and is limited to 400 competitors (single and relay competitors combined), ‘so it is not overcrowded and retains the charm of a small well-organized race that takes place in a fabulous setting.’
The transition area, start and finish line are all situated in Gosdorf, in front of Gasthof Röcksee at the Röcksee lake, which is one of the warmest Styrian lakes for bathing.
Race Director Erika König-Zenz from MSC Graz said “Our event has been established as one of the successful season’s openings in the region, with its central position, date, a welcoming friendly atmosphere and all possibilities on the ground. This is what athletes love this race for and love coming back.
“Here many beginners from Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Italy come to finish their first middle distance, but as well there are experienced and top athletes who love to compete in awesome natural settings: a nice small lake, forest, parks, hills, sunshine. We will go all out to present an optimal event with our local partners. Be there in May with us again at Röcksee!’’