Ratekau (Germany), Sunday 18 June 2017

Rund um Ratekau - 5k run - runners on a cycleway in the municipality of Ratekau (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)


Staged in Ratekau, a village of 4,000 people in Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, Rund um Ratekau ("Around Ratekau") is a popular running event that attracts approximately 1,000 participants of all ages and abilities.

The following races are available:

Start time Race distance Age group Finishers 2016
8.45 400m run 3-7 years ?
9.00 5km run 8 years and over 525
9.50 5.5km walking/nordic walking all ages 52
10.10 10km run 14 years and over 388


Of these, the 10k is the most prestigious race. Last year, the fastest finishers were Mengistu Zelalem of Ethiopia (30min 25sec) and Isabell Teegen of Germany (35min 12sec).

All races begin and end on Ratekau's athletics track. The kids run 400 metres on the track. The 5k and the 5.5k for walkers are single-loop courses whereas the 10k consists of two laps (7km+3km). The 10k route is gently undulating, accurately measured and certified.


Rund um Ratekau - 10k race - runners pass the church of Ratekau (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)


The race is run mainly on asphalt roads, cycleways and pavements. A short section is on cobbles. Approximately 600 metres of the 5k are run on gravel.

The route takes the runners through the village, through woods and farmland, and past a beautiful 12th-century church.


Rund um Ratekau - 5k race - two young athletes (Copyright © 2017 Hendrik Böttger / runinternational.eu)


It's well worth to spend a few days in the area. Ratekau sits in a very convenient location, just about 4km from the spa town of Bad Schwartau, 8km from the Baltic Sea resort of Timmendorfer Strand and 10km from the city of Lübeck.


Results and 13 photos from the course:


Race information: 29. Rund um Ratekau 2017

Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Ratekau (Lübeck 10km, Kiel 71km, Hamburg 74km)

Date: 18 June 2017 (Sunday)

Start and finish: Sportplatz Bäderstraße

Entries: online (up to 11 June 2017); late entries on Saturday 17 June 2017; no entries on the day; reduced entry fees for young athletes (17 years and under; € 8)

Entry fees (400m): no entry fees

Entry fees (5km):

  • € 8 (up to 11 June 2017)
  • € 13 (on 17 June 2017)

Entry fees (5.5km walking):

  • € 10 (up to 11 June 2017)
  • € 15 (on 17 June 2017)

Entry fees (10km):

  • € 12 (up to 11 June 2017)
  • € 17 (on 17 June 2017)

Race centre: in the primary school at the Sportplatz Bäderstraße (Saturday, 17.00-19.00; on the day from 8.00)

You get: a souvenir gift, chip timing, refreshments on the course and at the finish; entry into the prize drawing

Changing facilities, showers, bag storage: yes

Prizes (5km): to the first 3 men and 3 women

Prizes (5.5km walking): to the first man and to the first woman

Prizes (10km): to the first 3 men and 3 women and to the first 3 in each age group

Award ceremony: 10.15 (5km); 11.30 (10km and 5.5km walkers)

Event website: www.rund-um-ratekau.de


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