Running is a good physical activity to do particularly during the early morning or even at night time. At these times, the weather is cooler and since the sun is not out yet, you have all the energy to do what you love best.
In Vienna, various running events are organized every year. One of them is the Vienna Night Run that covers a distance of five kilometers. It is considered one of the largest charity running events in Central Europe.
This year’s Night Run is scheduled on the 1st of October with some 19,000 people expected to take part. They include paralympics silver medalist Andreas Onea, presenter Christian Clerici and Ske legend Hans KnauB.
Joining this event is not only good for the body but also for the soul. The reason is that part of the proceeds of the Vienna Night Run wil go to a charitable organization called Licht fur die Welt or Light for the World. Each participant who registers automtically donates part of his sign up fee or six Euro to the charity.
Run organizer Hannes Menitz is hopeful they will be able to collect 114,000 Euro. The amount will be used to pay for some 3,800 cataract operations in developing countries such as Africa.
Last year, the Vienna Night Run had 11,000 finishers. The fastest was James Kuria Karanja of Kenya. His brother Francsi Thuo, a blind runner and one of the world’s fastest, placed sixth. Among the women, Austrian Eva Hieblinger-Schutz got the first place.
This year, the route will pass some of the grandest buildings in the city such as the Hofburg Palace, the Austrian Parliament, the Burgtheater and the State Opera.