Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig (Germany), Saturday 9 May 2015

Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig, Germany (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /


Held on the Rennsteig hiking trail, which follows the ridge of the Thüringer Wald (Thuringian Forest) hill range in Central Germany, the Rennsteiglauf is Germany's most popular trail running event.

In 2014, over 6500 runners completed the 21.1km half marathon, more than 3000 ran the 43.5km marathon, and around 2150 finished the 72.7km Supermarathon.

Finishing in the resort of Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig, which sits at an elevation of about 700m on the ridge, all races are very hilly point-to-point races. The half marathon starts off in the winter sports resort of Oberhof, the marathon in the small town of Neuhaus, and the ultra marathon in the venerable old town of Eisenach.

The event also features walking and nordic walking tours and a junior cross race.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Schmiedefeld (Leipzig 188km, Frankfurt 221km, Munich 326km, Berlin 350km)

Date: 9 May 2015 (Saturday)

Race distance: 21.1km (+282m/-391m); 43.5km (+637m/-706m); 72.7km (+1470m/-969m)

Start (21km): at 7.30 in Oberhof (820m)

Start (43km): at 9.00 in Neuhaus am Rennweg (820m)

Start (72km): at 6.00 in Eisenach (210m)

Finish: in Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig (711m)

Entries: online or by post; late entries on the day (entries to the half marathon close 14 April 2015); entrants from foreign countries can pay the entry fees in cash in the race centre

Entry fees (21km): € 39/42/44 (up to 31 Dec 2014/28 Feb/14 Apr 2015)

Entry fees (43km): € 40/43/47/50 (up to 31 Dec 2014/28 Feb/14 Apr/9 May 2015)

Entry fees (72km): € 50/53/57/60 (up to 31 Dec 2014/28 Feb/14 Apr/9 May 2015)

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

Race centre: in the start areas (8 May 2015, 14.00-21.00; on the day before the race)

You get: a meal (on Friday in the start areas); transport of personal clothing from start to finish; finisher T-shirt (72.7km); finisher medal; certificate; free shuttle bus service from Schmiedefeld to Oberhof (21km); bus service from Schmiedefeld to the start areas (not included in the entry fees for the marathon and Supermarathon)

Award ceremony: 11.00 (21km); 14.00 (43km and 72km)

Number of finishers 2013: 6523 (21km), 3031 (43km), 2146 (72km)

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