Königstein (Germany), Friday 8 August 2014

Königstein, town centre and fortress (Copyright © 2014 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)


The Festungslauf ("Fortress Run") in Germany's state of Saxony features an outstandingly scenic 7.8km-long uphill route which includes 255m of ascent.

More than 550 runners took part in the event last year.

The race begins with a loop through Königstein, a small town situated on the River Elbe near the border with the Czech Republic, and ends in the Festung Königstein, one of Europe's largest and most impressive hilltop fortifications.

The course commands stunning panoramic views over the Elbe River Valley and the Sächsische Schweiz ('Saxon Switzerland') with its fairy-tale rock formations.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Königstein (27km from Děčín, 33km from Dresden, 127km from Prague, 230km from Berlin)

Date: 8 August 2014 (Friday)

Race distance: 7.8km (run, walking, nordic walking); 1.8km (14 year and under)

Start (7.8km): 18.30 at the Haus des Gastes, Schreiberberg 2, Königstein

Start (1.8km): 18.30 in the Festung Königstein

Finish: in the Festung Königstein

Entries:  online or by post or e-mail (up to 6 August 2014); payment by bank transfer or in cash on the day; late entries on the day (up to 30min before the start)

Entry fees (7.8km run): € 5 (up to 6 August 2014), € 6.50 (up to 8 August 2014)

Entry fees (7.8km walking): € 2 (up to 6 August 2014), € 3.50 (up to 8 August 2014)

Entry fees (1.8km): € 1

Race centre: Grundschule, Schreiberberg 1, Königstein

You get: transport of personal clothing from the start to the finish, certificate; free shuttle bus service from the 'Parkhaus Am Malerweg' (800m from the fortress) to the start area and after the race from the Festung Königstein to the Parkhaus

Prizes (7.8km run): to the first 6 M/F and to the first 3 in each category

Prizes (7.8km walking): to the first 3 M/F

Prizes (1.8km): to the first 3 in each category

Award ceremony: 20.00 on Marktplatz in the Festung Königstein

Number of finishers 2013: 476 (7.8km run), 27 (7.8km walking), 59 children

Event website (in German): www.festungslauf.de


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