Half marathon takes place March 25 in Kaiserslautern

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Each year, about 500 runners participate in the half marathon in Kaiserslautern organized by the TSG running club. This year’s half marathon starts at 9:30 a.m. March 25. — courtesy photo

The running division of the sports club TSG 1861 Kaiserslautern will sponsor its 37th Half Marathon Run March 25 in Kaiserslautern.
The 13.1-mile course is free of traffic, mainly paved with minor differences in height.
“We invite every runner to join this fun run through the beautiful nature surrounding Kaiserslautern,” said Matthias Goettel, deputy division chief of the running division. “We are looking for beginners, who just want to complete the course, or regular long-distance runners, who like to beat their personal best time.”
Start and finish area will be the Bertha-von-Suttner School (Schulzentrum Sued), Im Stadtwald, 67663 Kaiserslautern. Follow the signs reading “Stadion” and “Halbmarathon.”
Start will be at 9:30 a.m.; finish will be around noon.
Registrations can be made 7:30 to 9 a.m. at the school lobby. Advance online registrations can be made by visiting www.tsg-kl.de and clicking on Laufabteilung on the left, then TSG Halbmarathon on the right. Online registrations will end March 19. Registration fee is €14, which should be paid in cash when picking up the number the morning of the event.
“We will have three drinking stations along the track which provide warm drinks and cold beverages to the runners,” said Goettel. “A cafeteria in the school will offer a cake buffet and snacks.”
Participants will be able to change and take showers in the school’s gym.
The award ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. in the cafeteria.
There will be prizes for the overall female and male winner, for each age group (male and female), for the fastest team (male and female) and for the three largest starter groups. An extra prize will be awarded to the male and female runner, who beat the existing course records.
This year, organizers again expect a total of 400 to 450 runners.
“We are looking forward to welcoming many runners and wish them an enjoyable and successful running day,” said Goettel.
For more information, email laufen@tsg-kl.de or call 0631-29606.