Facts and figures – the Graz sports year was so successful:

  • 90 sports from aerobics to zumba were represented at the Graz sports year 2021.
  • Under the title Let's do it again! the first club project of the Graz sports year 28 took place on March 2021th, which the Corona measures allowed. For three days, children in groups of six were able to try trampoline jumping, a mini tramp, an air track, laser pistols, football and rope skiing on the LUV square - an exciting start to the sports year after the long break caused by the pandemic.
  • Around 300.000 photos have been taken at the since March 2021 Schloßberg Challenge snapped at the photo point in front of the clock tower, thousands of people walked or ran in front of it on foot on the 123 meter high dolomite rock.
  • As part of the Let's Go! School challenge almost 1.500 participants covered more than 250 million steps together. That corresponds to about 150.000 km and a total walking time of 42.857 hours. This means that the students from Graz have circumnavigated the earth almost four times!
  • Within the District Challenge 873.946.706 steps were recorded, which, with an average step length of 0,6 meters, corresponds to a distance of 524.368 kilometers or almost 1,4 times the distance between the earth and the moon.
  • A total of 82 companies took part in the company challenge. 2047 employees registered each of their steps via StepsApp, AVL was the most active company with 289 participants.
  • It was accepted far beyond the city limits club challenge, for which 73 clubs registered.
  • As part of the competition for the "Table Tennis Emperor" of the "Table Tennis Empress" more than 10.000 games were played, most of them privately, but in July and August the Sportjahr team also set up mobile tables at 30 different locations every day. The people of Graz "played" for themselves four permanent tables with their sporting commitment, two of which are now in the Augarten, one on the Grünanger and one on the district sports field in Ries.
  • In the course of "Seven Summits" 2.130 completely stamped passports were sent in for the purpose of conquering seven Graz “peaks” (Schloßberg, Fürstenstand, Lustbühel, St. Peter and Paul, Buchkogel, Platte, Schöckel).
  • Just over 100 athletes proved to be the toughest under the Graz sun. They chose that Seven Summits ExtremeVersion, i.e. for completing all seven summits without a break, whereby the intermediate routes could be covered by bike or on foot.
  • Within the “Tour around Graz” you could experience the city in a different way - by bike tour, which runs along or near the Graz city limits. on letsgograz.at/touraroundgraz the approximately 80-kilometer route can still be found as a Google Maps graphic. So far, this graphic has been viewed more than 70.000 times.
  • With 171 Events from the Roundnet crash course to the bike festival and the Ladies Run to the taekwondo hands-on lesson and the national championship in parachuting September the most event-intensive of the Graz sports year 2021.
  • In October it was "Personal Marathon" the really big topic. The aim was to run 42,2 kilometers within three weeks. Around 200 athletes documented by photo that they had covered the distance in the Graz "Marathon Month". One can assume that there were significantly more.
  • Water sports enthusiasts were able to complete 15 different projects during the 2021 sports year on the Mur thanks to the Graz River Days experience up close in August. From yoga on the water to river rafting and tubing to dragon boat races and paddling with a world champion Uschi Profanter everything was there.
  • It got a great response Grazer McDonald's city cup: It was a kind of "replacement program" for ten amateur clubs in Graz after the football championship was canceled in spring. A competition that went perfectly with the sports year and has a great future - work is already being done on the continuation next year! Incidentally, the GAK Juniors won the first city cup.
  • To a total of 27 Active Fridays the sport was proactively conveyed to the people of Graz. On the one hand, there were various hands-on activities in public places (from safe trampoline jumping to the "Racketlon Street & Squash Festival" to the mountain bike technique course and "Boxing Fever"). On the other hand, it was about the motivation to get to work, school or university using muscle power.
  • 21 well-known personalities (Armin Assinger, Dr. Natalija Cokic, Franco Foda, Thomas Fruehwirth, Andreas Gabalier, Ralph Hasenhüttl, Pia Hierzegger, Lena Hoschek, Conny Hütter, Jakob Jantscher, Franz Küberl, Marion Mitterhammer, Thomas Muster, Norbert Oberhauser, Michael Ostrowski, Marco Perchtold, Caroline Pilhatsch, Paul Pizzera , Nora Schmid, Nici Schmidhofer as well as Thomas Vanek) formed the basis of the "Mission 2021", which had set itself the goal of winning ambassadors for the Graz sports year at least in 2021. "Mission completed" is the motto now, by the end of February almost 2.100 names had been entered.

The many major events, which as lighthouse projects ensured that the sports year became known outside of Graz, also provided impressive facts:

  • There was a great atmosphere among the 2000 spectators in May in the spectacular "Thunderdome" in front of the Graz town hall during the 3×3 Basketball Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Despite great performances, Austria's women's and men's teams only missed their tickets for the games in Tokyo by a hair's breadth due to the slightly worse point ratio.
  • More than 3.000 athletes from 24 sports associations determined their state champions in 250 competitions over four days at 16 sports venues - this is how the impressive numbers of the premiere of the Sport Austria Finals, which took place in Graz for the first time in June as the mini-Olympics. This year, from June 15th to 19th, the new edition of this successful event will take place in the Styrian state capital.
  • The boulderers offered great sport in August as part of the Block Summer Graz for four days on the well-attended Mariahilferplatz. Both the state championships and the International Bloc Summer Masters continued the enthusiasm for this sport, which had been sparked by Austria's success at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Above all, it brought great emotions Special Olympics World Dance Championship on the Schloßberg casemates at the end of August. Around 80 dance athletes from twelve nations proved with their performances and choreographies that dance is an exceptional sport for people with intellectual disabilities.
  • An Italian and a German will have particularly good memories of the Graz sports year. Gaia Tormenaand  Simon Gegenheimer picked up in September at the UCI Mountain Bike Eliminator World Championship the coveted rainbow jerseys of the title holders on the circuit from Karmeliterplatz via Freiheitsplatz, Hofgasse and Sporgasse.