Saturday 15 October 2022
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.


Map of the venue:


45. Jenaer Kernberglauf:


  • 15 October 2022 (Saturday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  • 2021:
    • 15km: 477
  • 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


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