Sunday 1 December 2024

Bootshaus der Lauenburgischen Gelehrtenschule, Ratzeburg, Germany (Photo: Author: ubahnverleih / / CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)


Held annually on the first Sunday in Advent in Germany's northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein, the Ratzeburger Adventslauf (‘Ratzeburg Advent Run’) is a popular multi-terrain running event that attracts a crowd of about 1,500 or more runners each year.

The start and the finish line are in the old town of Ratzeburg, which is situated on an island in the Ratzeburger See, one of the many beautiful glacial lakes in the region.

Entrants can choose between two very scenic lakeshore routes.

The 26km route takes the runners around the Großer Ratzeburger See, the northern part of the Ratzeburger See.

The 7.3km route runs around the Küchensee, the southern part of the lake.

The races are run mainly on gravel paths and trails. Some sections are on asphalt. The course is undulating.

Children run 1.5km through Ratzeburg's Old Town and along the shore of the Küchensee.


Map of the venue:


34. Ratzeburger Adventslauf:


  • 1 December 2024 (Sunday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  5.6km 7.3km 9.8km 26km
2023 --- 596 --- 890
2022 --- 576 --- 804
2021 180 --- 455 720
2020 --- --- --- ---
2019 318 --- 629 1,007


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