FAQ – A to Z – EN


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.
The relevant authorities have given their approval.
Both the KVB tram line #1 and the bus station are just a few hundred meters from the start. 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.
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


1Baby Joggers / Strollers
Participation with a baby jogger is not allowed and due to the DLV’s (the German Athletic Sports Association) Regulations, the participant can be expelled from the event.
2Bag Storage / Bag Drop-off
It will be set up for a covered bag storage facility in the school yard of the EGS and KGS Bensberg primary schools. If you are travelling by car, we recommend that you keep your bags and textiles in your car and change thereafter the run.
We must avoid local congestion and congestion. We will transport bags and backpacks of the marathon runners* who arrive by public transport to the school yard of the Gymnasium. This will make the route shorter and the arcades are covered.
Further information will follow.
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.


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 for 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.
You can print your race certificate from the results list on Königsforst Marathon
4Champion Chip
Starting in 2019, the one-time transponder will be used for the first time and will replace the previous chip. The change simplifies our work and you may save the rental fee.
Each participant is responsible for the accuracy of their data. Please email all changes and additions as soon as possible to cologne timing.
6Change 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.
7Changing rooms
See showers
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
We will have an experienced professional commentator on site - Andreas Menz from Essen Website Menz who will be working under Jochen Baumhof from TV Refrath Running Team, the head of the organization committee.
10Course 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.
11Cut off Times / Time Limits

The time limit (or cut off time) for marathon runners is 5 hours and 45 minutes. The official cut off time is strictly at 4:30 p.m.

Here is the official cut off times for each race:
21.1 km3:00 hours
42.2 km5:45 hours
No un-official cyclists will be permitted on the course in accordance with the DLV-guidelines. The DLV-referee is authorized to suspend any runners from prizes/awards if they are issued with a caution. Cyclists from ‘Staubwolke Refrath’ shall guide the leading runners along the course, as well as guiding the final runners back to the finish. Website Staubwolke Refrath


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.
There is no right to a reimbursement of the entry fee. Bank charges arising from registration will not be reimbursed to the participant.
is our partner for runner’s catering both on the course and at the Finish. Website Dextro-Energy
Participation with a dog is not permitted and may, according to the regulations of the DLV (German Athletic Federation) lead to exclusion of the event.


1Entry Fees
With finisher medal
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.
2Event Brochure
An informative Königsforst Marathon brochure will be displayed at the start number distribution and can be taken along free of charge.


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!
3Food and beverages
See Catering.
Finisher functional shirt and tubular cloth (mouth-nose protection)
The Finisher-Shirt is made from recycled PET bottles and is available in ladies + men sizes for 20,- Euro including shipping - while stocks last. 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 to you on Saturday and Sunday when you pick up your race number for 10,- Euro on site.
All participants of the virtual Königsforst-Marathon can order the tubular cloth for 10,- Euro (incl. shipping) when registering online.
Shipping is free of charge from the 43rd week onwards.


Information: 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. Nature says, ‘Thank you’!


There will be no hunters along the running path…only the forest and some personal best times!


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


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.
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. Website Krombacher


Our target is to reduce waste material to a minimum – see litter and ‘Run Green’.
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 using our online contact form.


Unfortunately, we cannot offer a massage through Corona. We ask for your understanding.
In the past, there were always changing finisher awards with a motif from the local nature. But 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. TIP: 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 unfortunately not possible for Corona 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.


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) will be informed immediately at the finish, regardless of the result list.
E-mail addresses will not be passed on to any third party and shall be used only to keep you updated with our news.
All entry fees are non-refundable in the case of non-participation.


1Online Registration
The participant limit has been reached. Late registration for the real Königsforst Marathon is not possible. But in the next few days the virtual variant will be presented for the first time as RUN GREEN - RUN VIRTUAL for the distances 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.


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 of ÖPNV. The KVB train line number 1 as well as Bensberg bus station are close to the start. Deutsche Bahn (Timetable)
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.
3Photo service
Sportonline is on site and takes perfect marathon photos, which thanks to the barcode on the start number can be sorted and retrieved as quickly as never before at www.sportonline-foto.de
The first six finishers in the overall ranking (men/women) will receive attractive trophies and non-cash prizes. Unfortunately, we cannot honour the winners of the age group this year. Vouchers and trophies must be collected in person from the assembly hall with legitimation and will not be forwarded.
5Prize giving / Awards Ceremony
Our awards ceremony will take place on the podium in the prize giving hall shortly after each respective race.
6Prize giving / Awards Ceremony Timetable
For the first time, there will be no fixed schedule for award ceremonies. Those honoured will be able to collect their trophy and their material prize in the assembly hall INDIVIDUALLY. Unfortunately, there will be no award ceremonies for age groups this year. We ask for your understanding.
7Price money
Neither trophy money nor entry fee refund shall be awarded.


Preregistration is only possible online via the registration portal on this website until the participant limit is reached.
2Registration Deadline
The participant limit 2020 has been reached. A registration for the real run is unfortunately no longer possible. But you can register soon for the virtual Königsforst Marathon, which will be offered from 10.10. to 25.10.2020 with the slogan RUN GREEN - RUN VIRTUAL. Information will follow in the next days.
3Registration Office
See Registration and start documents.
The results will be available on this website LIVE during the event under => results 2020 Results of the previous years and details of the former winners are also available on the website.
5Running course
All the running courses will have no traffic and 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!


Start timesRaceStart blockAge Groups
10:00 hHM + marathon1st block2002 and older
10:15 hHM + marathon2nd block2002 and older
10:30 hHM + marathon3rd block2002 and older
10:45 hHM + marathon4th block2002 and older
2Shower / 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 of the primary schools. There we also offer a storage area for your bags. The TV Refrath running team does not assume any liability or responsibility for deposited things/bags!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our kind sponsors and partners in this event.
4Start Numbers
Pick up the start numbers: Saturday, 17.10. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the assembly hall of the Gymnasium, Kaule 3-15, 51429 Bergisch Gladbach-Bensberg Sunday, 18.10. from 8 a.m. in the two primary schools EGS and KGS Bensberg, near the bus station and KVB tram stop Note: Late registrations as well as re-registrations or corrections of registrations are no longer possible on site.
5Start 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.
6Start Times
see schedule
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.
8Street Closures
Some streets around the Albertus-Gymnasium School will be partly or completely closed in accordance with agreements of the Bergisch Gladbach city council. Please follow our stewards’ instructions. Parking fines shall be issued in case of parking violations.


1Team classification
For half-marathon and marathon, 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
see Cut off Times
see schedule
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
There will be 2 Dixie toilets in each of the school yards of the start number distribution and bag deposit area. Within the starting blocks, there will be several Dixie-cabins distributed with floor markings as well as in the start-finish area. We kindly ask you to observe the hygiene measures and the distances of at least 1.50 m. The public order office will be on-site... The toilets in the schools are closed Corona conditionally.
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


You can find up to date information on: Königsforst Marathon


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

Please only 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!