Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig (Germany), Saturday 2 July 2016

Schmiedefed am Rennsteig (Copyright © 2012 Hendrik Böttger /


The Schneekopflauf is held annually in July in the Thüringer Wald (Thuringian Forest), a densely wooded mountain range in Central Germany.

Participants run 12.7km of a very hilly multi-terrain course. The route includes about 436m of ascent and 182m of descent.

The race takes the runners from Schmiedefeld am Rennsteig (711m), a winter sports and hiking resort on the ridge of the Thüringer Wald, along the Rennsteig hiking trail and across the Großer Finsterberg (944m) to the finish on the summit of the Schneekopf (978m), the second-highest peak of the mountain range.

Last year, John Mooney was the first of 122 runners to cross the line, finishing in 44 minutes 6 seconds. Kristin Hempel was the fastest lady in 56 minutes 12 seconds.


Country: Germany

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

Date: 2 July 2016 (Saturday)

Race distance: 12.7km

Start time: 9.30

Time limit: 2 hours

Start: Sportplatz in Schmiedefeld (711m)

Finish: Schneekopf (978m)

Race centre: at the Sportplatz Schmiedefeld (on the day from 7.30)

Entries: online or by post (up to 26 June 2016); late entries on the day (7.30-9.00)

Entry fees: € 15 (up to 26 June 2016), € 17 (on 2 July 2016)

Timekeeping: wrist transponder (included in the entry fees)

You get: transport of personal clothing from the start to the finish, bus service from the Schneekopf back to Schmiedefeld

Prizes: to the first 3 men and women and to the first 3 in each age group

Showers and changing facilities: in the finish area

Award ceremony: in the finish area (soon after the race)

Number of finishers 2015: 99 men and 23 women

Event website (in German):


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