Potsdam (Germany), Sunday 11 June 2017
The Schlösserlauf ("Castle Run") offers two immensely scenic races through the venerable old city of Potsdam, historical residence of the Prussian kings and German emperors, situated on the edge of Germany's capital Berlin.
Last year, a crowd of 2,811 runners completed the half marathon, and 1,577 took part in the 10k race.
Both routes begin and end at the athletics track of the Sportpark Luftschiffhafen on the western shore of the Templiner See — one of twenty lakes in Potsdam.
Competitors run through landscaped parks and gardens, alongside lakes, past the Brandenburg Gate triumphal arch (not to be confused with the famous one in Berlin), across Glienicke Bridge (where the Soviet Union and the United States exchanged a number of spies during the cold war), past Schloss Cecilienhof (the palace where Churchill, Truman and Stalin met after World War Two for the Potsdam Conference), through Alexandrowka (a small Russian enclave with lovely wooden houses; pictured above), and finally through Park Sanssouci with its magnificent palaces — the summer retreat of Frederick the Great, King of Prussia.
Fortunately, participants can take their time to take a closer look at all the beautiful sights along the route. The time limit to complete the course is 3hr 30min.
Venue (Map): Potsdam (Berlin city centre 33km, Leipzig 160km, Hamburg 284km)
Date: 11 June 2017 (Sunday)
Start time and race distance:
- 9.00: 21.1km Halbmarathon
- 9.20: 10km
Start and finish: Sportpark Luftschiffhafen
Race centre: Leichathletikhalle, Sportpark Luftschiffhafen (Saturday 10 June 2017, 12.00-21.00; on the day from 6.30 until 30 minutes before the start)
Entries: online or by fax (up to 1 June 2017); late entries on the day (up to 30 minutes before the start)
Entry fees (10km): € 20/25/30 (up to 28 February/30 April/11 June 2017)
Entry fees (21km): € 25/30/35 (up to 28 February/30 April/11 June 2017)
You get: T-shirt, goodie bag, chip timing, refreshments on the course and at the finish, finisher medal and certificate, free massage service after the race; voucher for the pasta party (to 21km runners)
Prizes (10km, 21km): trophies/medals/certificates/product prizes (to the first 3 men and 3 women; to the first 3 in each age group)
Showers, changing facilities, supervised bag storage: yes
Number of finishers 2016: 1577 (10km), 2811 (21km)
Event website: www.potsdam-marathon.de
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