14th ‘Franconian Switzerland Marathon’ 2013

Forchheim - Ebermannstadt (Germany), Sunday 1 September 2013

Timber-framed house in Franconia, Germany (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger)


The Fränkische Schweiz Marathon brings runners to the Franconian Switzerland, a hilly region in northern Bavaria, popular for its rock formations, caves, castles, timber-framed houses, and its many breweries.

Entrants can choose between the marathon, the 16km run, or the ‘Team-Marathon’ for relay teams of two runners (16km + 26km). The event also offers races for inline skaters, handcyclists, fun runners, and children.

The race begins in the very pretty town of Forchheim and finishes in the small town of Ebermannstadt, which is around 12km further north-east.

Most of the race is run on the B470, a main thoroughfare through the Fränkische Schweiz. For the time of the race, the road will be closed to all traffic.

Participants in the 16km run finish the race when they reach Ebermannstadt. Marathon runners carry on for another 13km on the B470 before they turn around to run back to Ebermannstadt.

The route is gently undulating and a bit uphill for the first 29km and downhill for the last 13km. The time limit to complete the course is five hours thirty minutes..

To celebrate the occasion, a historic diesel train will escort the runners along the valley, and there will be a number of village festivals along the course as well.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Forchheim (Nuremberg 36km, Munich 203km, Frankfurt 205km, Leipzig 264km)

Date: 1 September 2013 (Sunday)

Race distance: 16km, 42.2km; Team-Marathon (2-person-relay: 16+26km); children's races and 4.2km run on Saturday

Start (16km, 42km, and Team-Marathon): 9.00 on Paradeplatz in Forchheim

Finish: on Marktplatz in Ebermannstadt

Entries: online or by post or fax (until 25 Aug 2013); late entries on 31 Aug 2013; no entries on the day

Entry fees (16km): € 15/20/25 (until 31 July/25 August/31 August 2013)

Entry fees (42km): € 32/37/45 (until 31 July/25 August/31 August 2013)

Entry fees (Team-Marathon): € 37/42/50 (until 31 July/25 August/31 August 2013)

Timing: ChampionChip — use your own chip or rent a chip for € 5 (€ 25 deposit)

Race centre: in Ebermannstadt (Sat 31 Aug 2013, 12.00-18.00; on the day 6.00-7.15)

You get: shuttle bus service from Ebermannstadt to Forchheim (before the race); free use of public transport in the VGN region (Metropolregion Nürnberg) on the day; transport of personal clothing from the start to the finish; pasta party

Prizes (16km): to the first 10 M/F

Prizes (42km): to the first 3 M/F and to the first 3 in each category

Prizes (Team-Marathon): to the first 3 teams in each category (men/women/mixed)

Award ceremony: ca. 14.00 (16km), ca. 15.00 (42km)

Number of finishers 2012: 396 (16km), 256 (42km), 223 teams (Team-Marathon)

Event website: fs-marathon.de


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