Potsdam (Germany), Sunday 5 June 2016
The Schlösserlauf offers two immensely scenic races (10k and half marathon) through the venerable old city of Potsdam, historical residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors, situated on the edge of Germany's capital Berlin.
Last year, a crowd of more than 4,000 runners took part in the two races combined.
Both routes begin and end on the athletics track of the Sportpark Luftschiffhafen on the western shore of the Templiner See — one of twenty lakes in Potsdam.
Competitors run through landscaped parks and gardens, alongside lakes, past the triumphal arch of Brandenburg Gate (not to be confused with the famous one in Berlin), across Glienicke Bridge (where the Soviet Union and the United States exchanged a number of spies during the cold war), past Schloss Cecilienhof (the palace where Churchill, Truman and Stalin met after World War Two for the Potsdam Conference), through Alexandrowka (a small Russian enclave with lovely wooden houses; pictured above), and finally through Park Sanssouci with its magnificent palaces — the summer retreat of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
Fortunately, participants can take their time to take a closer look at all the beautiful sights along the route. The time limit to complete the course is 3hr 30min.
Venue (Map): Potsdam (Berlin city centre 33km, Leipzig 160km, Hamburg 284km)
Date: 5 June 2016 (Sunday)
Race distance: 10km; 21.1km
Start time: 9.00 (21km); 9.20 (10km)
Start and finish: Sportpark Luftschiffhafen
Race centre: Leichathletikhalle, Sportpark Luftschiffhafen (Saturday 4 June 2016, 12.00-21.00; on the day from 6.30 up to 30min before the start)
Entries: online or by fax (up to 1 June 2016); late entries on the day (up to 30min before the start)
Entry fees (10km): € 20/25/30 (up to 28 February/30 April/5 June 2016)
Entry fees (21km): € 25/30/35 (up to 28 February/30 April/5 June 2016)
You get: T-shirt, goodie bag, chip timing, finisher medal and certificate, massage service after the race; voucher for the pasta party (to 21km runners)
Prizes (10km/21km): to the first 3 men and women and to the first 3 in each category
Showers, changing facilities, bag storage: yes
Number of finishers 2015: 1438 (10km), 2735 (21km)
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