Bamberg (Germany), Sunday 3 May 2015

Klein-Venedig ('Little Venice'), Bamberg, Germany - Photo: Johannes Otto Först / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain)


Held once every two years in the town of Bamberg in the Upper Franconia region in Germany's state of Bavaria, the Bamberger Weltkulturerbelauf (‘World Heritage Site Run’) is a hugely popular event that attracts more than 10,000 runners.

In the 2013 edition of the event, the children's races had more than 3000 participants, the 4.4km run drew approximately 1000 runners, the 10.9km race had 3000 finishers, and another 3000 took part in the half marathon.

All races begin and end in Bamberg's beautifully-preserved historic centre, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The half marathon features a particularly challenging course. The route is on mixed terrain (asphalt, cobbles, gravel, trails, ...) and it includes about 280m of ascent as it  takes the runners up and down to the medieval Altenburg castle, along the River Rechnitz and the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal, and through the Old Town with its narrow streets and its many magnificent sights.

Registration for the Weltkulturerbelauf 2015 opened on 1 October 2014. All spots for the 10.9km race and for the half marathon were taken within 36 hours.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Bamberg (62km from Nuremberg, 212km from Frankfurt, 227km from Munich, 404km from Berlin)

Date: 3 May 2015 (Sunday)

Race distance: 800m/1.6km/4.1km (children's races); 4.4km, 10.9km, 21.1km

Start time: 11.30-13.00 (children's races), 14.00 (4.4km), 14.30 (10.9km), 15.30 (21km)

Start: Markusplatz

Finish: Maximiliansplatz (ca. 700m from the start area)

Entries: online; entries close 20 March 2015 or when the entry limit has been reached

Entry fees (4.4km): € 18

Entry fees (10.9km): € 26

Entry fees (21km): € 36

Timekeeping: Easychip

Race centre: HDE-Logistikzentrum Bamberg, Hafenstraße 21 (Saturday 10.00-18.00; on the day 9.00-12.00); free shuttle bus service on Saturday between the Central Bus Station (ZOB) and the race centre

You get: technical T-shirt; chip timing; massage service for half marathon runners (after the race)

Showers, changing facilities, bag storage: yes

Number of finishers 2013: 3010 (children's races), 906 (4.4km), 2999 (10.9km), 2947 (21km)

Event website (in German):


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