Leipzig (Germany), Saturday 18 January 2014

Elsterflutbett, Leipzig, Germany (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger)


The Wintermarathon is a 42.2km marathon race for teams of three runners, held annually in January in the city of Leipzig in Germany's state of Saxony.

All three team members run the full marathon. They must run and finish the race together. It is not possible to start as an individual athlete but runners can finish the marathon if team members drop out of the race.

The route consists of eight 5km laps and one 2.2km lap on flat asphalt and gravel paths through the wooded Clara-Zetkin-Park, which is near the city centre.

Overall, participants run 34 times across the Elsterflutbett (pictured), a canal which cuts the park in two.

In January 2013, almost 250 runners braved snow and freezing temperatures to complete the marathon. The fastest male team finished in 2:52:58, the best mixed team in 3:20:45, and the first female team in 4:04:06. The time limit is 5hr 30min.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Leipzig (Dresden 114km, Berlin 190km, Prague 260km, Munich 431km)

Date: 18 January 2014 (Saturday)

Race distance: 42.2km

Start time: 11.00

Start and finish: Anton-Bruckner-Allee, Clara-Zetkin-Park, Leipzig

Entries: online or by post, fax or e-mail (up to 12 Jan 2014); payment by bank transfer; late entries on the day

Entry fees (per team): € 51 (up to 15 Dec 2013), € 69 (up to 12 Jan 2014), € 87 (on 18 Jan 2014)

Race centre: at the start (on the day 9.00-10.30)

You get: snacks and drinks on the course; finisher certificate; massage service after the race

Prizes: to the first 3 male/female/mixed teams and to the first 3 teams in each age category

Showers, changing facilities, sauna: near the start

Award ceremony: soon after the race

Number of finishers 2013: 74 teams; 21 runners finished the marathon without a complete team

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


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