Sunday 28 November 2021

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 three undulating and very scenic lakeshore routes:

The 5.6km run is two laps around the Kleiner Küchensee, the central section of the lake, bounded by two causeways.

The 9.8km route runs around the Küchensee, the southern part of the lake.

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

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


Map of the venue:


31. Ratzeburger Adventslauf:


  • 28 November 2021 (Sunday)

Event website:


Number of finishers:

  • 2021:
    • 5.6km: 180
    • 9.8km: 455
    • 26km: 720
  • 2020:
    • Event cancelled
  • 2019:
    • 5.6km: 318
    • 9.8km: 629
    • 26km: 1,007



Race information:


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