Harz Mountain Run Marathon
12 October 2019
The Harz Mountain Run (German: Harz-Gebirgslauf) is a mountain run, that has taken place since 1978 in October in Wernigerode in central German and since 1990 has had a marathon route known as the Brocken Marathon, in its programme. This is a mountain marathon, the Brocken is the highest peak in northern Germany's Harz Range This running event takes place in the Harz mountain range in Germany. The event comprises several mountain races, including the popular Brocken-Marathon. The start and finish are in Hasserode, which forms part of the town of Wernigerode. The Harz Gebirgslauf draws over 3000 runners and walkers to the densely-wooded Harz mountain range on the former border between East and West Germany. The marathon route features over 1000 metres of ascent and the same of descent, mostly on dirt roads and trails.
The marathon run follows a circular route during which the highest mountain in the Harz, the Brocken (1,141 m), has to be climbed. Start and finish are in the Wernigeröde district of Hasserode. The route entails climbing a total of 1,150 metres in height.
The start and finish are on the edge of Wernigerode, a picturesque town with many colourful half-timbered buildings and a fairy-tale castle on a hill above town and the beautiful Brocken Mountain.