Saturday 21 October 2023
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 usually attracts well over 1,000 runners.

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:


46. Jenaer Kernberglauf:


  • 21 October 2023 (Saturday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  1km 2km 5km 15km 27km
2022 44 27 182 399 150
2021 -- -- -- 477 --
2020 Event cancelled due to Covid-19 restrictions
2019 46 35 175 722 309
2018 64 48 152 674 331


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