FAQ – A to Z – EN

A

1Accommodation
Please check these websites: Bergisch Gladbach and Das Bergische
2Age Group categories
The age group categories are classified according to DLO (German regulation of athletic sports) and the results will be drawn up on this basis.
3Approvals
The relevant authorities must give their approval in March.
4Arrival
Both the KVB tram line #1 and the bus station are just a few meters from the start and finsih line. Please use these options for getting there. There are parking facilities for commuters along the line, for example in Cologne-Brück! We urge you to use public transport or at least form car-sharing networks – in keeping with our environmentally friendly concept ‘RUN GREEN’. You can download travel information from our website - see the ‘Infos’ tab.
5ASB
The ASB Bergisch Land is our partner for the medical service with a variety of logistical support. The ASB developed a sophisticated first aid concept especially for the Königsforst-Marathon. Website ASB

B

1Baby Joggers / Strollers
Participation with a baby jogger is not allowed.
2Bag Storage / Bag Drop-off
It will be set up for a small covered bag storage. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you keep your bags and textiles in your car and change there after the run.
3Beverages
Participants will be supplied with isotonic beverages (Dextro Energy) and water at the refreshment stands. Cola will be also supplied for the marathon runners in the second round at the refreshment stands 1-4 (see route plan) as well as at the Finish.
4Bow legs
.. are not a reason for not running at the Königsforst-Marathon.

C

1Catering (in the school)
Every year the TVR running team offers you a delicious and healthy catering. But unfortunately the Corona protection concept does not allow a normal catering this time. Nevertheless, we try to treat you with coffee and consommé. Your well-deserved finish catering is of course guaranteed .... !
2Catering (on the course / finish area)
Four Dextro-Points (serving both Dextro-Energy drink and water) are in the forest and at the Dextro Energy Station in the Finish area. Half marathon and full marathon finishers will also be offered energy bars, dried fruit and nuts as well as a hot soup provided by the ASB. Marathon-runners will also be offered energy bars on the course. We also offer coke for marathon runners on the second lap.
3Certificates
You can print your race certificate from the results list.
4Changes
Each participant is responsible for the accuracy of his data. Please email all changes and additions as soon as possible to cologne timing.
5Change of registration
A re-registration of the running course is possible by mail to cologne timing. Re-registration to another starter is possible for a fee of 20,- Euro.
The participant who has handed in the starting place registers by e-mail: cologne timing
The transfer procedure will then be announced.
6Charity
Our partner is the Bergische Greifvogelhilfe, directly at the Königsforst in Rösrath. The TV Refrath running team has been supporting the sanctuary for injured birds for many years. From every sold multifunctional scarf (mouth-and-nose protection) as well as from the starting fee of the RUN GREEN - RUN VIRTUAL variant (information will follow ...) 1,- Euro will be transferred as a donation. Unfortunately eagle owl Momo, desert buzzard Aris and the bold kestrel Frieda will not welcome you personally at the popular bird of prey stand this time. If you want to know more, you can find information and contact details on the website: Website Bergische Greifvogelhilfe
7Course Markings
The course will be marked with sawdust. At crossings and exposed places signs will be positioned. Cyclists, course stewards and ASB staff will guide runners along the course.
8Cut off Times / Time Limits
The only limit is the finish time. Be back from the forest at 14:30 (14.3. and 28.3.) and 16:00 at the 21th of march.
9Cyclists
No un-official cyclists will be permitted on the course.

D

1Data collection and data management
The personal data provided by the participant during registration is stored and only used to carry out the event. By completing the registration process, a participant accepts the storage and distribution of their data for timekeeping, ranking and results. The participant hereby agrees, that the photos, videos and interviews recorded in conjunction with their participation in the event may be published without any entitlement to compensation. Moreover, the participant agrees with the forwarding of their personal data for the purposes of the sending of photos taken of them on the course and at the finish line, will be provided by a company commissioned by the organizer. However, the participant does not expressly agree to the purchase of such photos. Moreover, the participant agrees that personal data may be restored by the organizer for the purposes of sending a newsletter.
2Declaration of liability
Should the organizer be forced or obliged to make changes in how the event is carried out or in case of cancellation due to circumstances of force majeure, official requirements or security reasons, the participant will not be entitled to any compensation or losses from the organizer. The organizer reserves the right to cancel or interrupt the race in case of heavy storms/thunderstorms or other unforeseeable reasons. For these cases entry fees will not be refunded and the participant waives any recourse. In case of non-participation, entry fees will not be refunded. By completing the registration process the participant accepts the conditions of the DLV German Athletic Federation as well as the organizer’s terms and conditions in accordance with the invitation to tender. Participation is at the runners own responsibility and own risk. The organizer shall only bear unlimited liability within the framework of the statutory provisions and shall not assume any liability in case of accident, theft or other damages. The organizer as well as his legal guardians and assistants/subcontractors shall only be liable in case of deliberate and grossly negligent behavior. The organizer shall not be liable for health risks of the participant regarding the participation in the race. The organizer shall not be liable for the free deposit of any items.
3Deregistration
There is no right to a reimbursement of the entry fee. Bank charges arising from registration will not be reimbursed to the participant.
4Dextro-Energy
is our partner for runner’s catering both on the course and at the Finish. Website Dextro-Energy
5Dogs
Participation with a dog is not permitted.

E

1Entry Fees
All participants register bindingly. There is no claim to a refund of the entry fees if non-attendance. Fees in the event of return debit notes or objections costing the organizer TV Refrath will be claimed.

F

1Feedback
We aim to continue to improve our Königsforst-Marathon. We are grateful for any suggestions and criticism – and we are of course, open to getting any recognition and appreciation too!
2Food and beverage
See Catering.
3Finisher-Shirt
Older Königsforst Marathon shirts (2016-2017-2018-2019) are also still available for 15,- € incl. postage, although not in all sizes any more.
Please send your order and enquiries by mail to jochen.baumhof@lauf-lauf.com

Multi-functional tubular cloth (bandana)
The new and attractive multifunctional scarf is also made of recycled PET and is your perfect mouth and nose protector, not only for the Königsforst Marathon. The multifunctional cloth will be offered when you pick up your race number. All participants of the virtual Königsforst-Marathon can also order the tubular cloth for 10,- Euro (incl. shipping) when registering online.

G

1Gels
Please don’t litter your gels or other packaging in the forest - please dispose of them in one of the rubbish bins provided at the food or drink stations or at home.

H

1Hunters
There will be no hunters along the running path …only some personal best time-hunters ...

I

1Information for local residents
Residents will be informed with an information sheet and in the local print media.

K

1Königsforst
The Königsforst is the largest contiguous forest of the Lower Middle Terrace of the right bank of the Rhine. The highest elevation is the Tütberg which is 212m above sea level. The big circuit runs along the border of Cologne via ‘Wolfsweg’ starting at the water trample basin. You will climb to the highest point of Cologne: the Monte Troodelöh which is 118m above sea level, without even noticing it! The forest area (which covers an area of 30 square kilometers), lies next to the city districts of Cologne, Bergisch Gladbach and Rösrath.
2Krombacher
The Krombacher Brewery which has its head office in Kreuztal, is our partner for non-alcoholic beer and shandy beers (beer mixed with lemonade). In favorable weather conditions, Krombacher will offer ‘Krombacher o0%’ for free at the Finish. Note that environmental protection and biodiversity is a top priority for our partner. Krombacher.

L

1Litter
Our target is to reduce waste material to a minimum – see litter and ‘Run Green’.
2Littering
Please keep the course clean and litter free!
We ask all runners in the Königsforst Nature Reserve not to litter (according to the EG-directives ‘Fauna-Flora-Habitat’) and to make sure you throw your Dextro paper cups and your drinks and food packaging into the rubbish bins provided or to take it back home. Please don’t throw your rubbish on the course or in the forest – abide by the public authority regulations! Be environmentally friendly to match our concept ‘RUN GREEN’. Thank you very much for this in advance.
3Lost items
... will be kept for a maximum of two weeks. After that date, the clothes will be donated. For inquiries please contact us.

M

1Massage
We cannot offer a massage this year.
2Medal
In the past, there were always changing finisher awards with a motif from the local nature. Since 2016 we have had attractive medals minted.

In 2016 it was the red kite, in 2017 an eagle owl and in 2018 Frieda, a tame kestrel was the star. After the native spotted woodpecker in 2019, this year Aris the desert buzzard looks majestically at every medal. The Königsforst marathon medals are coveted collector's items. This year you may honour yourself at the finish line and take the medal yourself.

If you didn't get a starting place and still want to run for the 2020 medals, no problem. The virtual Königsforst Marathon variation will soon be offered as RUN GREEN - RUN VIRTUAL. You will receive your medal by mail after your performance is completed and registered.
3Medal engraving
A personal medal engraving is not possible this year.
4Media / Press
Our media partners are Bergisches Handelsblatt' and the following online services: Laufen in Köln, Laufmonster, Laufen im Rheinland, Marathon4U and Laufreport.

N

1Net Times
.. are measured with a timing transponder from the moment the start mat is overrun. Exceptionally, all result lists will only show your net time and then the ranking will be generated. All winners (top 6 at the finish line from the first starting slot) will be informed immediately at the finish, regardless of the result list.
2Newsletter
E-mail addresses will not be passed on to any third party and shall be used only to keep you updated with our news.
3Non-Participation
All entry fees are non-refundable in the case of non-participation.

O

1Online Registration
Please read our informations and use the Online registration, if you want to take part in the marathon or half-marathon.
The virtual variant will be presented as RUN GREEN - RUN VIRTUAL for the distances 5km, 10 km, 21.1 km and 42.2 km. There is no participant limit.
2ON - running on clouds
The Swiss manufacturer ON running and Bunert - Der Kölner Laufladen will be providing the first three finishers in the Half-marathon and Marathon ON running shoes and high-quality textiles are available as vouchers. These can be used in Cologne near Bunert on Aachener Straße 233-237.

P

1Parking / Parking area
We have prepared a parking area map which can be downloaded as a pdf file on this website. If possible, please use the excellent public transport service.
2Participant Liability
With my registration, I declare my agreement to the organization guidelines as well as my readiness to follow all stewards’ instructions. The state of my training and health condition conforms to the requirements of the running races. I assure not to claim any legal standards and demands towards the organizer as well as towards his assistants or authorized representatives or concerned communities and other persons or corporations as far as there are no rights of liability insurance. We are not going to deduct the entry fee if your registration can not be accepted. Certified herewith I agree to the match regulations of the announcement and the liability exclusion.
3Prize giving / Awards Ceremony
The first six finishers in the overall ranking (men/women) will receive attractive trophies and non-cash prizes. Unfortunately, we cannot honour the winners this year in our awards ceremony on the podium in the prize giving hall.
4Prize giving / Awards Ceremony Timetable
There will be no fixed schedule for award ceremonies. Those honoured will be able to collect their trophy and their material prize in front of the AMG. Unfortunately, there will be no award ceremonies for age groups this year. We ask for your understanding.

R

1Registration
The registration is only possible online until the participant limit is reached.
2Results
The results will be available on this website LIVE during the event under => results 2021

Results of the previous years and details of the former winners are also available on the website.
3Running course
All the running course will mostly be on firm forest tracks with some parts on asphalt (such as the street leading from the start to the forest border (780 m) or the ‘Rennweg’ in the heart of the Königsforst). The hilly asphalted footpath and cycling track along the road towards Forsbach is 2.3km long. Please do not run on the road, only on the footpath! The rest of the running course will lead you along wide paths through the forest – which, by the way have been used since 1973!

S

1Shower / Changing rooms
Due to Corona we cannot offer showers and changing rooms. Please bring enough dry clothes for after the run and change your clothes at the car or in the schoolyard. There we also offer a own-risk-storage-area for your bags. The TV Refrath running team does not assume any liability or responsibility for deposited things/bags!
2Sponsors
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our kind sponsors and partners in this event.
3Start Numbers
Pick up the start numbers 30 minutes before your start in front of the AMG.
4Start Pass
It is not necessary to have a DLV start pass except for the valuation of the district champion chip. Members of an associated sports club who own a valid start pass can be added to the official top runners´ lists on District-, Federal State- or DLV level.
5Stewards
We will have to use more stewards this year, also with new, Corona-related tasks. These are not only the runners and helpers from the TV Refrath running team and our medical partner ASB. Also, the traffic cadets will supervise the access controls to the starting blocks. This cordoned-off area around the grammar school is accessible via four locks only with a starting number and a Königsforst marathon ribbon. Spectators and accompanying persons are not allowed to enter. This is a crucial aspect of our Corona concept. We ask for your understanding, responsibility, and discipline. At the crossroads in the residential area along the running course to the forest, the Cologne traffic service will be responsible for safety. We ask you to pay attention to the instructions, the rules, and the announcements. We cannot make exceptions and hope for your understanding.

T

1Team classification
Three runners (male and female) will be scored officially for the team classification. However, a prerequisite is that the spelling of the club, company name, or name of the team is to be 100% the same. Teams will not be awarded prizes. There will, however, be results produced for the top runners’ lists.
2Time Limits
You must be back from the forest before the finish times.
3Timetable
Choose your personal start every sunday beetween 09.30 and 12:00.
4Timing
We trust in the best service and professional timing of our service provider cologne timing.
For changes of your registration data please write to: cologne timing
It will be answered as soon as possible with a ticket system.
Further information can be found at: www.cologne-timing.de
5Toilets
There will be toilets near the start an finish line. We kindly ask you to observe the hygiene measures and the distances.
6TV Refrath
2014 was the year when the organization of the Königsforst-Marathon was handed over to the TV Refrath running team, having been organized by Manfred Blasberg for 35 years. The TV Refrath running team is under the leadership of Division Manager and running coach, Jochen Baumhof and consists of 80 active runners. More info on the TVR website: TV Refrath running team und TV Refrath

W

1Website
You can find up to date information on: Königsforst Marathon.

Y

1"Yes I did it ..."
... a marathon finisher back from the forest at the Finish line.
Note: The A-Z list is constantly being updated and corrected if necessary

Please mail the organization team if the answers to your questions cannot be found in this comprehensive list. If you find mistakes or would like to suggest changes we would pleased if you could email us at: Info Königsforst Marathon. Thank you very much in advance!


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