The heptathlon and decathlon, also known as the "combined events,” have a unique culture within the world of track and field. Because they are two day events, they are more like festivals than track meets. You will find no better place to experience the culture of the the combined events than at Götzis.
Götzis is a small town in Austria 45 minutes from Zurich surrounded by the Swiss Alps.
The original plan was to ignite athletic interest in the region by hosting a combine event competition. But the guy in blue, Konrad Lerch, and a few others had bigger plans. Known in the sporting world, Konrad was able to convince the best athletes of the time to come to his competition. Since it’s inception in 1975, it's played host to the most competitive combined event competition in the world: The Götzis Hypomeeting.
Since the very first competition, the accommodation for the English speaking athletes has been a three generational bed and breakfast called the "Gasthof Sonne” (Guesthouse Sun). The food they serve is unlike anything you've ever had before.
Mösle Stadium is the home of the competition. It is the birth place of the 9000 point decathlon. Numerous other world, country, and personal records have been claimed on this 6 lane, unassuming track in the middle of a field. Words do not suffice in explaining how you feel witnessing it's transformation from an uninspiring track facility to the birthplace of humanities athletic legends.
Götzis provides the best of both worlds; for athletes, you have the best competition and close proximity to the best fans. For fans, you have the best competition and interaction with the best athletes. This combination creates a chemistry unlike any athletic event you’ve experienced.