Kiel (Germany), Sunday 11 September 2016

Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany (Photo: Andrea Malz / / Public Domain / image modified by


Within the world of sports, the Baltic Sea port of Kiel is best known for the Kieler Woche (one of the world's largest sailing events) and for the ‘zebras’ of the THW Kiel (one of Europe's best handball teams).

But there's another major sports event in town. Kiel also hosts one of the biggest running events in northern Germany, the Kiel Lauf, which attracts a crowd of more than 8,000 runners, including a number of international elite athletes.

The event comprises children's races, a 6km race, a 10.5km race, and a 21.1km half marathon.

The half marathon consists of two laps of an undulating and certified course which begins and ends at Kiel's Opera House. Approximately 3km of each lap are run along the Kieler Förde, an inlet of the Baltic Sea.

It is highly recommended to register early. In 2015, all distances were sold out well before race day.


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Kiel (95km from Hamburg, 354km from Berlin, 399km from Copenhagen)

Date: 11 September 2016 (Sunday)

Race distance: 800m-3km-6km (children's races); 6km, 10.5km, 21.1km; 21.1km relay

Start time: 8.40 (3km), 9.05 (800m), 9.15 (6km), 9.40 (10.5km), 10.50 (21km)

Start and finish: at the Opernhaus, Rathausplatz

Race centre: on Rathausplatz (Friday 13.00-19.00; Saturday 10.00-19.00; on the day from 7.00)

Entries: online or by post or in person in Kiel; entries close 15 August 2016 or when the race limit has been reached; late entries only if the race limit has not been reached

Entry fees (up to 31 Oct 2015/31 Dec 2015/31 March/30 June/15 Aug 2016):

  • 6km: € 12/15/18/21/24
  • 10.5km: € 17/20/23/26/29
  • 21km: € 21/24/27/30/33

You get: technical T-shirt (6km, 10.5km, 21km), medal; transponder timing

Showers, changing facilities, bag storage: yes

Prizes (6km, 10.5km): to the first 6 M/F

Prizes (21km): to the first 6 M/F and to the first 3 in each category

Award ceremony: 10.30 (800m, 3km, 6km); 13.30 (10.5km, 21km)

Number of finishers 2015: 518 (800m), 828 (3km), 1404 (6km), 3816 (10.5km), 1589 (21km), 37 relay teams

Event website (in German):


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