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The König-Ludwig-Lauf , founded in 1968, is the largest popular cross-country ski run in Germany and is held near Oberammergau and Ettal in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park. It is part of the Worldloppet series, the cross-country skiing marathon cup and the Germany classic. From 2011 to 2016 he was part of the Ski Classics race series . In 2019 a sprint (King Ludwig SuperSprint) was carried out for the first time over the distance of 100 m, in which the world record over 100 m was set by Emanuele Becchis with a time of 10.78 seconds.

Since 2018, the König Ludwig Trail has also been held in October, starting in Ettal and ending in Oberammergau.


The start takes place on the first weekend in February in Ettal , the goal is the Oberammergau sports center. There are routes over 50 km and 23 km each in classic (Sunday) and skating technique (Saturday) as well as the so-called “Mini Kini” over 5 km for children between 6 and 14 years. In addition, the world championship in cross-country skiing for doctors and pharmacists over 23 and 50 km takes place. The traditional long route leads from the start in Ettal through the Graswang valley directly past Linderhof Castle and back through the Graswang valley to the destination in Oberammergau. In recent years, due to lack of snow, a shortened route often had to be run that did not go past Linderhof Palace.

The total number of participants is over 4000 people.

The 39th König Ludwig Run in 2011 attracted such great media interest that the classic 50 km run was broadcast live on television and the Internet for the first time on Sunday.

The 42nd König-Ludwig-Lauf in 2014 was broadcast in full length for the first time by the sports broadcaster Eurosport on the following Monday, which means that the run was broadcast nationwide on television in Germany.


Winner (long distance, classic technique)

year Distance (km) Winner gentlemen nation time Winner women nation time
2020 failed
2019 50 Morten Eide Pedersen NorwayNorway Norway 02: 28: 18.9 Lina Korsgren SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 29: 18.2
2018 44 Goals Bjørseth Berdal NorwayNorway Norway 01: 55: 15.3 Aurélie Dabudyk -2- FranceFrance France 02: 00: 59.7
2017 38 Max Olex GermanyGermany Germany 01: 26: 20.6 Aurélie Dabudyk FranceFrance France 01: 36: 34.4
2016 failed
2015 46 Petter Eliassen NorwayNorway Norway 01: 59: 42.9 Britta Johansson Norgren SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 16: 28.6
2014 46 Johan Kjølstad NorwayNorway Norway 01: 57: 58.3 Seraina Boner -2- SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 02: 07: 42.2
2013 42 Jerry Ahrlin -2- SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 51: 14.1 Seraina Boner SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 01: 58: 14.8
2012 50 Stanislav Řezáč -6- Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 16: 35.5 Susanne Nyström SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 36: 18.2
2011 42 Jerry Ahrlin SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 38: 56.9 Sandra Hansson SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 50: 23.5
2010 42 Aukland is different NorwayNorway Norway 01: 44: 13.4 Suvi Karjaluoto FinlandFinland Finland 02: 10: 12.2
2009 50 Stanislav Řezáč -5- Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 01: 59: 42.7 Jenny Hansson SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 15: 44.8
2008 42 Daniel Tynell -2- SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 32: 03.8 Elin Ek -2- SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 44: 26.0
2007 40 Daniel Tynell SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 24: 49.4 Elin Ek SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 35: 54.0
2006 50 Stanislav Řezáč -4- Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 18: 35.9 Ine Wigernæs NorwayNorway Norway 02: 36: 55.5
2005 50 Stanislav Řezáč -3- Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 18: 01.2 Cristina Paluselli -2- ItalyItaly Italy 02: 41: 59.3
2004 50 Stanislav Řezáč -2- Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 01: 16.9 Cristina Paluselli ItalyItaly Italy 02: 15: 36.0
2003 49 Jørgen Aukland NorwayNorway Norway 02: 05: 32.8 Lara Peyrot ItalyItaly Italy 02: 11: 56.0
2002 failed
2001 46 Christian Baldauf AustriaAustria Austria 02: 12: 55.7 Ramona Roth GermanyGermany Germany 02: 24: 07.9
2000 51 Stanislav Řezáč Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 01: 12.1 Svetlana Nagejkina RussiaRussia Russia 02: 20: 28.0
1999 45 Mikael Ostberg SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 10: 05.0 Dorota Dziadkowiec PolandPoland Poland 02: 24: 45.0
1998 55 Staffan Larsson SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 19: 05.1 Elena Grigoreva RussiaRussia Russia 02: 49: 50.0
1997 55 Martin Petrásek Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 09: 42.9 Sigrid Wille GermanyGermany Germany 02: 23: 13.0
1996 58 Håkan Westin -2- SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 26: 56.9 Gudrun Pflüger AustriaAustria Austria 02: 53: 50.1
1995 55 Håkan Westin SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 58: 42.6 Lucie Bucharova Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 30: 14.0
1994 47 Alec Vanek -2- Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 01: 53: 38.5 Maria Theurl AustriaAustria Austria 02: 10: 58.0
1993 55 Alec Vanek Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02: 04: 14.2 Nataly Tschernych RussiaRussia Russia 02: 31: 01.0
1992 53 Erik Hansson SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 02: 32.2 Sisko Kainulainen -5- FinlandFinland Finland 02: 31: 30.0
1991 53 Ladislav Švanda CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 02: 07: 06.2 Vida Ventsene Lithuania 1989Lithuania Lithuania 02: 32: 58.0
1990 failed
1989 50 Blomquist is different SwedenSweden Sweden 01: 58: 45.4 Sisko Kainulainen -4- FinlandFinland Finland 02: 19: 28.0
1988 65 Konrad Hallenbarter -2- SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 02: 58: 47.0 Christina Gill SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 03: 26: 03.0
1987 65 Bengt chassis -2- SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 35: 39.1 Annerose Rees GermanyGermany Germany 03: 31: 53.0
1986 50 Konrad Hallenbarter SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 01: 55: 05.0 Sisko Kainulainen -3- FinlandFinland Finland 02: 14: 41.0
1985 failed
1984 65 Bengt Hassis SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 36: 03.0 Sisko Kainulainen -2- FinlandFinland Finland 03: 04: 58.0
1983 70 Per knot -2- NorwayNorway Norway 03: 36: 39.0 Sisko Kainulainen FinlandFinland Finland 03: 55: 33.0
1982 90 Lars Frykberg SwedenSweden Sweden 04: 12: 28.0 Kathrin Glasl -2- GermanyGermany Germany 05: 43: 29.0
1981 90 7 runners out at the same time 5 nations Kathrin Glasl GermanyGermany Germany 05: 36: 24.0
1980 90 Per knot NorwayNorway Norway 05: 27: 38.0 Gerda Kunz AustriaAustria Austria 06: 07: 15.0
1979 90 Pauli Siitonen -5- FinlandFinland Finland 03: 39: 20.0
1978 90 Pauli Siitonen -4- FinlandFinland Finland 04: 36: 31.0
1977 73 Pauli Siitonen -3- FinlandFinland Finland 03: 13: 22.0
1976 90 Pauli Siitonen -2- FinlandFinland Finland 04: 05: 06.0
1975 failed
1974 90 Pauli Siitonen FinlandFinland Finland 04: 05: 06.0
1973 90 Heinrich Simon -2- GermanyGermany Germany 04: 53: 59.0
1972 failed
1971 90 Robert Eiermann GermanyGermany Germany 05: 18: 01.0
1970 90 Heinrich Simon GermanyGermany Germany 05: 01: 00.0
1969 88 Arthur Bodenmüller GermanyGermany Germany 04: 12: 33.0
1968 83 Klaus Niedermeier GermanyGermany Germany 06: 26: 04.0

Winner (Long Distance, Free Technique)

year Distance (km) Winner gentlemen nation time Winner women nation time
2019 50 Adrien Backscheider FranceFrance France 02: 07: 19.1 Svenja Hölzle SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 02: 39: 42.0
2018 42 Michael Willeitner GermanyGermany Germany 01: 42: 34.9 Sigrid Mutscheller -4- GermanyGermany Germany 01: 53: 50.3
2017 38 Tobias Rath GermanyGermany Germany 01: 23: 30.3 Jessica Mueller GermanyGermany Germany 01: 30: 17.3
2016 failed
2015 46 Jiri Rocarek -2- Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 01: 56: 20.1 Sigrid Mutscheller -3- GermanyGermany Germany 02: 11: 26.2
2014 50 Goals Martin Gundersen NorwayNorway Norway 01: 44: 31.9 Antonella Confortola ItalyItaly Italy 01: 55: 11.4
2013 failed
2012 50 Jiri Rocarek Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic 02:15:29 Sigrid Mutscheller -2- GermanyGermany Germany 02:36:27
2011 42 Thomas Freimuth -2- GermanyGermany Germany 01: 33: 24.6 Sigrid Mutscheller GermanyGermany Germany 01: 43: 00.2
2010 42 Vadim Nesterov RussiaRussia Russia 01: 43: 05.9 Barbara Haesch SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 01: 59: 39.6
2009 50 Marcus Enders GermanyGermany Germany 01: 56: 11.1 Pia Sundstedt FinlandFinland Finland 02: 13: 01.2
2008 42 Tom Reichelt GermanyGermany Germany 01: 38: 36.0 Stefanie Meyr -4- GermanyGermany Germany 01: 54: 27.8
2007 40 Thomas Freimuth GermanyGermany Germany 01: 31: 48.6 Stefanie Meyr -3- GermanyGermany Germany 01: 49: 25.9
2006 50 Christian Eberharter AustriaAustria Austria 02: 05: 41.2 Stefanie Meyr -2- GermanyGermany Germany 02: 25: 28.3
2005 50 Christian Seeger GermanyGermany Germany 02: 12: 17.5 Katharina Echter GermanyGermany Germany 02: 43: 28.8
2004 50 Patrick Roelli SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 01: 51: 09.7 Barbara Häsch GermanyGermany Germany 02: 11: 52.1
2003 49 André Blatter SwitzerlandSwitzerland Switzerland 01: 55: 57.7 Stefanie Meyr GermanyGermany Germany 02: 12: 15.7
2002 failed
2001 46
2000 51
1999 55 Johann Mühlegg GermanyGermany Germany 02: 25: 59.8 Carina Modén SwedenSweden Sweden 02: 52: 13.4

Overview of the individual runs

1st run 1968 (83 km)
The König-Ludwig-Lauf - back then still Bavarian cross-country skiing "In King Ludwig's footsteps" - is founded by the ski department of TSV Oberammergau. The first run took place on March 17, 1968. There was a 45 km and a 90 km (double lap) route. At that time, Forest Director Dr. Alfred Artmann made a decisive contribution to the success of the first "König Ludwig Run". The start is at the sports field in Ettal and the finish is at the "Frauenwasserl" in Ettaler Weidmoos. Women were not allowed to participate over 90 km. There is an age group classification for both running routes. The snow depth is almost 2 meters. The first run had a total of 796 participants.
2nd run 1969 (88 km)
On March 9, 1969, the 2nd König-Ludwig-Lauf took place. The cross-country skiing trail has been improved and the finish line is now at the entrance to Oberammergau at the “Linderhofer Bridge”. Participants in total 871
3rd run 1970 (90 km)
On March 8, 1970, the 3rd King Ludwig Run took place. The trail guidance as well as the start and finish remain unchanged. Participants in total 1130.
4th run 1971 (90 km)
The 4th King Ludwig Run took place on March 14, 1971. For the first time there is also a 20 km run for “young men” and women. The first Norwegian takes part. Participants in total 1383.
1972 canceled
The run has to be canceled due to lack of snow. There is also no way to run the run in a shortened form. At the state border to Tyrol at Linderhof Castle , a small cross-country ski run will be created for training because participants have arrived despite the timely cancellation.
5th run 1973 (90 km)
The 5th King Ludwig Run took place on March 11, 1973. For the first time, participants from Italy are taking part. Participants in total 1548.
6th run 1974 (90 km)
With the establishment of the “Alpentris”, more than 2000 runners are at the start for the first time, including Pauli Siitonen from Finland and over 300 foreign runners. The Bavarian riot police help on site. Italy has the largest foreign contingent. The Sporthaus Schuster , Fischer Ski and the Münchner Abendzeitung join the König-Ludwig-Lauf as sponsors.
The "Alpentris", founded in the previous year, will be held for the first time. The "Alpentris" is an amalgamation of the Dolomitenlauf (Austria), the Marcialonga (Italy) and the König-Ludwig-Lauf (Germany).
1975 canceled
The run had to be canceled due to lack of snow. Cross-country skiing manager Hermann Biermeier does not see himself in a position to create a shortened alternative track. The remaining snow is not enough to carry out the König-Ludwig-Lauf. The second Executive Fritz Lang, who is the Vasaloppet is staying in Sweden is agreed to announce the cancellation of the start of the Vasalaufes over loudspeakers.
7th run 1976 (90 km)
The run will take place for the first time in February. The new trail leads from the start in Ettal via Linderhof, Graswang, Oberammergau, Unterammergau, Altenau, Unternogg to Wildsteig and back to Oberammergau to the finish.
The newly founded “Euroloppet” is now added to the already existing “Alpentris”. The Finlandia Hiihto (Finland) and the world-famous Vasalauf (Sweden) join the already existing "Alpentris". Over 50 Scandinavians are taking part in the König-Ludwig-Lauf for the first time. Over 100 runners from Italy take part. Participants in total 2117.
8th run 1977 (73 km)
An eventful year for the König-Ludwig-Lauf. For the first time, the run will take place over two days. On Saturday, February 12, 1977 over 10 km and 20 km and on Sunday, February 13, 1977 over 45 km and 73 km. The two short routes are offered as a family run and are well received. Since it was a winter with little snow, the run is shortened to 73 km.
In the Hotel "Alte Post", Hans Reicherl is elected to the first board of directors (he has held this post to this day (2012)). At the request of Hans Reicherl, the König-Ludwig-Lauf becomes a separate department of TSV Oberammergau.
9th run 1978 (90 km)
The 9th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 4th and 5th, 1978. The snow conditions are good. The organizer and everyone involved are very satisfied with the organization. Participants in total 2497.
The founding of "Worldloppet" by Tony Wise at a special session in Hayward in the USA is of great importance. In addition to the 5 races already combined in the “Euroloppet”, there are also the Gatineau 55 (Canada), the American Birkerbeiner (United States of America), the Engadin Skimarathon (Switzerland) and the Birkebeiner Rennet (Norway).
10th run 1979 (90 km)
On February 3rd and 4th 1979 the 10th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place. Runners from 23 nations take part. The welcoming ceremony takes place at the Passion Play Theater in Oberammergau. In honor of “Worldloppet”, a torchlight procession with musical accompaniment passes through the town.
The Transjurassienne (France) is accepted at the annual “Worldloppet” meeting in Ottawa (Canada). The “Worldloppet Series” now includes 10 runs.
11th run 1980 (90 km)
The 11th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 2nd and 3rd, 1980. For the first time women are allowed to start over 90 km. The sound barrier of over 3000 participants is broken.
12th run 1981 (90 km)
On January 31st and February 1st, 1981, the 12th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place. There are very good snow conditions and picture-perfect weather. A top group of 7 from 5 nations will be evaluated by the FIS at the same time. If officials are careless, the leading group is put on the wrong track. Participants in total 3300.
13th run 1982 (90 km)
The 13th King Ludwig Run took place on February 6th and 7th, 1982. Runners from Japan are taking part for the first time. The city of Sapporo donates a free flight to Japan. When the nations are welcomed in front of the Passion Play Theater in Oberammergau, representatives of all Worldlop runs are present. Participants in total 3450.
14th run 1983 (70 km)
The 14th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 5th and 6th, 1983. Due to the lack of snow, the run has to be shortened to 70 km. Participants in total 3700.
15th run 1984 (65 km)
The 15th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 4th and 5th, 1984. From now on there is no longer a 90 km run, but a 65 km trail. The 45 km run will be shortened to 30 km and the 10 km and 20 km run will be merged into a 15 km run. The turn of the 65 km run is now Unternogg.
The “Erik Pihkala Medal” donated by the city of Laahti in Finland is awarded to the König-Ludwig-Lauf. So far, this medal has only been awarded to the Vasalauf (Sweden) for its pioneering role in cross-country skiing.
1985 canceled
The run had to be canceled because temperatures of 25 degrees below zero made the ground freeze. A sudden change in weather brought days of rain that could no longer run off. Huge expanses of water formed, which destroyed large parts of the trail. Already at the Marcialonga, which took place eight days before, attention was drawn to a possible cancellation.
16th run 1986 (50 km)
The 16th King Ludwig Run took place on February 1 and 2, 1986. A week before the run there was a strong foehn, which hit the trails a lot. A large number of volunteers from Oberammergau, the neighboring towns and the Bundeswehr worked around the clock. Under the direction of the cross-country ski run boss Herrmann Biermeier, a 25 km cross-country ski run was created which had to be run twice. In the night from Saturday to Sunday it was very cold, so that there was a good cross-country ski run in the morning.
17th run 1987 (65 km)
On January 31st and February 1st the 17th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place. No snow problems and participants from 22 nations. Unfortunately there was a decrease in the number of participants. The trail was in excellent condition and the Swedish winner Bengt Hassis described the "König Ludwig trail" as one of the most beautiful in Europe.
18th run 1988 (65 km)
The 18th King Ludwig Run took place on March 5th and 6th. Since there is no snow on the actual running weekend (February 6th and 7th), the König-Ludwig-Lauf will be moved to the first weekend in March after consultation with the partner runs. Although there is enough snow on the new run date and the original route can be run, there have been many cancellations because the Vasa run takes place in Sweden on the same weekend. Participants in total 1260.
19th run 1989 (50 km)
The 19th King Ludwig Run took place on February 4th and 5th. The Dolomite Run and the Marcialonga were canceled due to a lack of snow. Lack of snow even with us, no chance to walk to Unterammergau and Unternogg. There is a double round in the Graswangtal with the goal in Oberammergau at the youth hostel. The THW is building a footbridge over the Ammer to the sports field. Over 3000 m³ of old snow are moved. Nestle and Chiquitta appear as new sponsors for the first time. Participants in total 2471.
1990 canceled
Acute lack of snow in Oberammergau. No rating at Alpentris and Euroloppet. The run has to be canceled as well as the Dolomitenlauf, the Marcialonga, the Transjurassienne and the Vasalauf.
Due to the fall of the Berlin Wall , there are many reports from the former GDR and Czechoslovakia. Despite early cancellations, many runners arrive from East Germany, who were fed and accommodated free of charge. Many inquiries also from Russia, but there were problems with obtaining a visa
20th run 1991 (53 km)
The 20th King Ludwig Run took place on February 2nd and 3rd. Once again, not too much snow. Therefore, the finish line must be moved to the center of the village. The golf crisis is making itself felt in participant reports from overseas. The longstanding board member and co-founder of the König-Ludwig-Lauf, Fritz Lang, dies after a long illness. The Kangaroo Hoppet in Australia becomes a member of the Worldloppet. In the future, it will be held at the end of August, making it the first race in the Worldloppet racing series. Oberammergau will take over the Worldloppet general secretariat from the Vasalauf in Sweden for three years. Participants in total 2200.
21st run 1992 (53 km)
On February 1st and 2nd the 21st König-Ludwig-Lauf took place. Participants in total 2415.
22nd run 1993 (55 km)
The 22nd König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 6th and 7th. The sponsors Telecom, Nesfit and Chiquitta are withdrawing from the run. Participants in total 2500.
23rd run 1994 (47 km)
On February 5th and 6th the 23rd King Ludwig Run took place. The route has to be shortened due to the lack of snow. The Dolomitenlauf is canceled. At the Worldloppet annual meeting in Lillehammer, the Tartu Maraton in Estonia is included in the Worldloppet racing series. Participants in total 2600.
24th run 1995 (55 km)
The 24th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 3rd and 4th. Runners from 26 nations take part. For the first time, the world championship for doctors and pharmacists will be held over 55 km. The Wolfra can be obtained for the inaugural "Mini-Kini" as a sponsor. Participants in total 2500.
25th run 1996 (58 km)
The 25th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 3rd and 4th. Despite difficult visa procurement, more Russians are taking part. Participants in total 2600.
26th run 1997 (55 km)
The 26th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 1st and 2nd. The 3rd world championship of doctors and pharmacists starts now and the name World Medical Cross Country over 55 km in free technique. Participants in total 2750.
The König-Ludwig-Lauf separates itself as a department from TSV Oberammergau and from July 4th 1997 is an association registered in the association register. The election of the board confirms the previous board.
27th run 1998 (55 km)
The 27th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on January 31st and February 1st. The Worldloppet general secretariat will be handed over to Estonia after 8 years. Participants in total 2550.
28th run 1999 (45 km)
The 28th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 6th and 7th. The lack of snow makes it necessary to shorten the trail. Participants in total 2650.
29th run 2000 (51 km)
The 29th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 5th and 6th. The snow conditions are good. the cross-country skiing marathon cup is founded by the FIS. The Czech Jizerska Padesatka will be included in the Worldloppet racing series. Over 200 children take part in the "Mini-Kini". Participants in total 2800.
30th run 2001 (46 km)
The 30th König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 3rd and 4th. The run over the long distance had to be shortened. Start and finish are in Ettal. The patron of the run was the Bavarian Prime Minister Edmund Stoiber . Participants in total 2650.
2002 canceled
The König-Ludwig-Lauf was canceled due to lack of snow.
42nd run 2014 (46 km)
The 42nd König-Ludwig-Lauf took place on February 1st and 2nd. Missing snowfalls endanger the run. A favorable weather forecast with further snowfalls and falling temperatures made the decision to go ahead. The actual destination in Oberammergau could not be started. The start and finish was planned in Ettal. The run over the long distance was conducted over a double lap with a total of 46 km. There were 4200 participants.

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