Potsdam (Germany), Sunday 2 June 2013
The Pro Potsdam Schlösserlauf attracts around 3400 runners and 150 walkers.
Entrants can choose between the 10k race or the half marathon, both held on very attractive routes through Potsdam, an old and very green city of 160,000 people, situated on the edge of Germany's capital Berlin.
The start and finish are on the athletics track of the ‘Sportpark Luftschiffhafen’ at the Templiner See — one of twenty lakes in Potsdam.
The route takes runners to Potsdam's grandest sights and most scenic spots.
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), and finally through Park Sanssouci (pictured) 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 3 hours 30 minutes.
Venue (Map): Potsdam (Berlin 33km, Leipzig 160km, Hamburg 284km)
Date: 2 June 2013 (Sunday)
Race distance: 21.1km; 10km
Start time: 9.00 (21km); 9.20 (10km)
Start and finish: Sportpark Luftschiffhafen
Entries: online or by post or fax (up to 28 May 2013); late entries on the day until 8.30
Entry fees (21km): € 20/25/30 (up to 28 February/30 April/2 June 2013)
Entry fees (10km): € 15/18/20 (up to 28 February/30 April/2 June 2013)
Race centre: Leichathletikhalle, Sportpark Luftschiffhafen (1 June 2013, 12.00-21.00; on the day until 30min before the start)
You get: T-shirt (not guaranteed for late entries); goodie bag; chip timing; finisher medal and certificate; massage service after the race; pasta party (free for 21km runners; € 3 for 10km runners)
Prizes: to the first 3 M/F and to the first 3 in each category
Showers, changing facilities, baggage storage: yes
Number of finishers 2012: 2369 (21km run), 1013 (10km run), 46 (21km walk), 110 (10km walk)
Event website (in German): www.potsdam-marathon.de
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