It’s that time of year. New beginnings, new year resolutions to make and break, snow and ice and freezing wind. Just the time to pop on those trainers and go for a quick run around the frozen lake, right?
There are not so many races available at this time of year but we start with this Winter Run at the end of the month. This is an untimed race, so no timing chips and this is reflected in the entry fee. There are five different courses from 5km to 21.5km, which is new this year. It is open to Nordic Walkers and runners. Refreshments are provided on the course and at the end. Registration online for a reduced rate or you can sign up on the day.
When: 29th January 2017
The Spiridon Beschlaf takes place at the Kockelscheuer Ice Rink, so there are showers available at the end of this race! The course goes round the lake and into the woods but it is all on proper trails or tracks. This one is for the whole family with a KidsRun at 9.45 and then the adult races at 10.00, a 5km and 10km. Children run for free. Registration online for a reduced rate before 20th February but you can sign up on the day. It should also be noted that the 10km is the first race of the Spiridon Cup, more information on that below.
When: 26th February 2017
A large, usually well organised, chipped timing road event in Gasperich. Your entry fee covers a t-shirt and refreshments. The children race for free and their race is part of the Yuppi Mini-Laf. (More information can be found below.) There is also a nursery available for small people but they must be signed up in advance. This event is for all runners of all abilities, from the super speedy to those who like to run at a more gentle pace. If you sign up in advance you can collect your number before race and take advantage of a reduced rate. And for those who like to mix their sport and pleasure, there is a pasta party on the Friday night before the race!
When: 12th March 2017
Where: Cloche d’Or, Gasperich
DKV Urban Trail
As the days get longer and the weather begins to hopefully warm up a little, the running calendar becomes a bit busier. At the end of April is the Urban Trail, a race that takes you through the amazing city of Luxembourg itself. There are three different courses of different lengths, 13, 27 and 34km and as those who live around the city will know, there are definitely hills involved in all 3! The route takes in steps, cobbles, paths and the beautiful Grund. There is also are also two childrens races with medals for all participants, so the whole family can have fun. Registration online and on the day.
When: 30th April 2017
Where: Luxembourg City
Best of the Rest
Foyer Nordstadsemi and Ladies Run
When: 19th March 2017
When: 17th April 2017
E Laf fir d’Natur
When: 23rd April 2017
When: 29th April 2017
ING Night Marathon – 27th May 2017. There are still places available.
Berdorfer Laf –13th June 2017
JPMorgan City Jogging – 2nd July 2017
Colour Run Echternach – 15th July 2017
Other helpful hints
The Spiridon Cup is run by the Spiridon 08 club. You must participate in at least 3 of their 4 10km races over the year, to be eligible. There is a points system and the leader of the competition get to wear a distinctive jersey whilst racing. There are of course prizes for the first three men and women at the end of the year.
This is an initiative run by Cactus for children. They can get a passport to collect stamps in for any Yuppi walks and runs they do over the year. For every passport returned, the child gets a gift and Cactus donates €1 for every stamp to Fondatioun Kriibskrank Kanner.
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