Saturday 16 October 2021
Kernberge, Jena, Germany (Copyright © 2014 Hendrik Böttger /


The Jenaer Kernberglauf features two races for children (1km, 2km), a fun run (5km) and two very hilly and challenging multi-terrain races (15km, 27km).

Held annually since 1977, it's a popular running event that attracts well over 1,000 runners every year.

All routes begin and end at the Universitätssportzentrum (USZ) in the southern part of Jena, a lively university city of about 111,000 people in the state of Thüringen (Thuringia) in Germany.

The 5km run is a loop in the Saaletal (Saale River Valley) whereas the 15km and 27km races take the runners up and down the Kernberge hills (pictured).

The course offers fine views of the city and the scenery is marvellous.

Runners are well advised, however, to stay focused as some of the trails are rather narrow, and the terrain can be slippery after rain.


Update 2021:

  • Only one race distance: 15km
  • Entry limit: 800 runners


Map of the venue:


Number of finishers:

  • 2020:
    • Event cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
  • 2019:
    • 1km: 46
    • 2km: 35
    • 5km: 175
    • 15km: 722
    • 27km: 309
  • 2018:
    • 1km: 64
    • 2km: 48
    • 5km: 152
    • 15km: 674
    • 27km: 331


44. Jenaer Kernberglauf:


  • 16 October 2021 (Saturday)

Event website:


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