Chemnitz (Germany), Sunday 1 May 2016

Karl Marx bust and Hotel Mercure, Chemnitz, Germany (Copyright © 2014 Hendrik Böttger /


The annual Stadtlauf running series in Germany starts off in Chemnitz, the self-proclaimed ‘Stadt der Moderne’, a city with a long industrial heritage and a population of about 240,000 people.

Situated in eastern Germany, Chemnitz was renamed Karl-Marx-Stadt by the GDR authorities in 1953, but it returned to its original name in 1990.

Three race distances are on offer: 5km, 10km, and 21.1km half marathon.

The route is a flat 5km loop that begins at the Karl Marx Monument, an enormous 7.10m-high bronze head of Karl Marx — the second-largest bust in the world.

Participants run through the modern city centre (built within the last 20 years), along the Straße der Nationen (a socialist-style boulevard), and around the Schlossteich (a very pretty small lake).

Instead of a bib number, participants get a technical T-shirt which they must wear during the race.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Chemnitz (Dresden 77km, Leipzig 84km, Prague 167km, Berlin 260km)

Date: 1 May 2016 (Sunday)

Race distance: 300m (children 7 years and under), 2.5km (12 years and under), 5km, 10km, 21.1km

Start time: 8.45 (300m), 9.00 (2.5km); 9.30 (5km); 10.30 (10km and 21.1km)

Start/finish area: Brückenstraße

Race centre: Galerie Roter Turm (Saturday 12.30-20.00); Stadthalle (on the day 7.30-10.00)

Entries: online (up to 30 April 2016); late entries on Saturday 30 April 2016 (12.30-20.00) and on the day of the race (7.30-8.30); entry limit: 3000 runners

Entry fees (5km, 10km, 21km): € 24 (up to 31 January 2016), € 29 (up to 1 May 2016)

Entry fees (children's races): no entry fees; no chip timing; finisher medal to all children; race limit 400 runners

Timekeeping: ChampionChip — use your own chip, buy a single-use chip (€ 3), or buy a chip (€ 31)

You get: pasta party (on Saturday), Asics technical T-shirt or singlet, snacks and drinks, finisher medal, finisher photo, changing facilities, supervised bag storage

Prizes (5km, 10km, 21km): to the first 3 M/F

Number of finishers 2015: 432 (5km), 531 (10km), 202 (21km)

Event website:


No guarantee is made as to the accuracy or thoroughness of the information on this page.