Friday 4 November 2022

Görlitz as seen from Zgorzelec (Copyright © 2013 Hendrik Böttger /


The Fackellauf (‘Torch Run’), or Bieg przy Pochodniach in Polish, is a cross-border running event held annually in the historic city of Görlitz-Zgorzelec.

It attracts approximately 300 to 400 runners from both sides of the Lausitzer Neiße river (Polish: Nysa Łużycka) which cuts the city in two—Görlitz in Germany and Zgorzelec in Poland.

Two race distances are available:

  • ca. 3.9km (one lap)
  • ca. 7.8km (two laps)

Starting at the Altstadtbrücke (Most Staromiejski), a footbridge that connects the two parts of the city, participants run along the Polish and the German bank of the river, crossing two torch-lit bridges.


Update 2022:

The event will be held on the athletics track of the Stadion der Freundschaft (‘Stadium of Friendship’) in the southern part of Görlitz.


Map of the venue:


16. Fackellauf "Heinz Anders":


  • 18 March 2022 (Friday)
  • New date: 4 November 2022 (Friday)

Start time and race distance:

  • 19.00: 2km
  • 19.30: 8km

Event website:


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