Friday 12 November 2021

Gaukirche St. Ulrich, Paderborn, Germany (Author: Athde / / CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication / Photo modified by


The Paderborner Martinslauf (Paderborn Saint Martin's Run) is held annually on a Friday night around Saint Martin's Day, which is celebrated every year on 11 November in Germany and many other countries around the world.

Entrants can choose to run either 6km (three laps) or 10km (five laps) through the city centre of Paderborn, a traditionally catholic city of about 150,000 residents, located in Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia), Germany's most populous state.

Both races begin and end on Marktplatz in the heart of the city, on the doorstep of two of Paderborn's best sights—the 12th-century Gaukirche (pictured) and the imposing Dom (Cathedral).

The 2km-long loop course is very varied and challenging. Take care at the narrow sections and on the stairs!

The route passes many historic buildings as well as some of the 200 springs that surface in the city to form the 4km-long Pader, Germany's shortest river. Hence the name: Paderborn is the city where the Pader is born.


Update 2021:

This year, the event offers two 6k races, starting at 7pm and at 8pm. The entry limit is 500 runners for each race. The start finish area is at Schloss Neuhaus, which is about five kilometres north-east of the city centre of Paderborn.


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5. Paderborner Martinslauf:


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