MEGARACE COURSE 2021
[January, 11th 2021] This year the Megarace should finally take place. The circumstances of the pandemic will still accompany us, but we are convinced
that we can run our race. However, we will have to make adjustments. We will announce which adjustments these are in detail as soon as we have detailed information.
Change of route for the MEGARACE
So that we have a higher probability of our MEGARACE taking place, we are moving our course to Germany. So we don't have a Border crossing during the race. The countries of Europe handle the pandemic situation very differently and the course of the pandemic is very dynamic, so it is best to skip the Czech part and run it on an alternative route in Germany.
Our new route largely retains the character of the original route:
1. We stay in the Goldsteig region and mostly run the Goldsteig hiking trail.
2. Southernmost point: Passau and northernmost point: Marktredwitz remain.
3. A similarly high proportion of trails will have to be run as on the original route
4. Meeting point before the start (Hotel Seebachschleife in Bayerisch Eisenstein) and the finish in Neunburg vor dem Wald (Panorama Hotel in Gütenland)
To do this, we run the 1001 km long route in 2 large loops (parts 1 and 5), as well as a smaller loop (part 4) and 2 connecting routes (parts 1 and 3)
This enables us to react to the current pandemic if necessary. Because of the pandemic, it should be that a part of the race will not be allowed, so we could switch to the other parts without having to stop the entire race. We know that's not that the best option would be - but at least we could finish the race.
We want as many finishers as possible and that is why we offer our participants 3 finish options:
Whenever Gütenland is reached, it is possible to finish the race successfully.
Part 1 - Part 3: 500km finisher bronze
Part 1 - Part 4: 671km Finisher Silver
Part 1 - Part 5: 1,001km Finisher Gold
We will do everything we can to organize a great race and to offer you a running adventure that you will remember fondly and long ago will. Now it's time for you to train and prepare for it. It's best to start right away.
Further information on the Megarace can always be found at www.megarace.de in the news area.
MEGARACE is postponed to 2021
[April, 17th 2020] Due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, as well as in accordance with german laws and our general business conditions, we are postponing MEGARACE to September 2021.
The Megarace will now start at 9 a.m. on September 12, 2021. The deadline for a last finish is September 25, 2021 at midnight.
All entry fees are retained, all starter tickets remain valid for the race in 2021.
The decision is not easy for us, but there are many different reasons for the postponement.
One of the most important reasons is that we will not get permission from the state authority for our run by the end of August this year. Only then could the detailed work begin with over 120 contact persons along the route. That is not enough time for preparation and it`s not sure that we will get a permission from the authorities. Further requirements regarding health protection, hygiene and distance rules for participants and helpers can be expected. Nobody can say at the moment what this looks like.
We also run out of time to prepare for the run. Only at the end of May could we start the preparations on site, so that almost 3 months of preparation time was lost. Some hotel operations and partners may not be able to make any statements about their support at the moment, as they first have to worry about their own existence.
The pandemic is also progressing at different speeds in the countries of the world. Since we have an international field of participants (of which we are very proud), this hits us very hard. Some of our participants hardly have the opportunity to prepare well and the arrival and departure to Germany is difficult to plan.
We wish you all a lot of health for you and your families in this special time and that you will find a good and secure entry in the "new time" and that you can also find a "normalcy" again professionally.
We will probably still feel the effects of this pandemic in 2021, but we will have learned a bit to live with the new situation and the rules and regulations of the authorities will be clearer.
Ticket deadline & Corona Virus 3
[April, 1st 2020] Today we updated the participant page one more time and set "not fully paid" tickets to the status "invalid" when the payment deadline expired.
We know that one or the other payment is still on the way. After receipt of payment we will mark the corresponding tickets as "complete" and we will then lead the runner accordingly to the list of participants.
We are extending the payment period for the second payment until midnight on April 3rd 2020. Then we complete the registration phase - "Not fully" paid tickets then lose their validity.
COVID-19 keeps the world on our toes and we continue to monitor the situation. In the last week of April we will announce our decision to postpone the race until 2021. The shift is in the range of the probable for various reasons.
We wish you all the best and stay healthy!
Megarace & Corona Virus 2
[March, 23th 2020] We are currently experiencing dynamic times. COVID-19 is present in all countries of the world and limits our options.
I know that many of you are now concerned about your health, your job, or your loved one, and a lot of your own strength and energy is to be spent in "the here and now". This crisis challenges us and it also ensures that projects and planned actions get a new priority.
And that also affects THE MEGARACE. This situation affects us all and each of us must now reposition and reposition ourselves.
But we know that things will continue after this period of crisis. And we want to continue to exist as a company and do everything for our sport: ultra-running,
the associated ideas and that events can once again take their place in our lives.
Therefore, it is very important for us to plan sizes, definitely
to have the number of participants that we, our sponsors and partners can count on.
MEGARACE takes place in September this year. I still assume that we can let the event take place this year. However, there is news every day and we know
not what development the pandemic COVID-19 will take. It is quite likely that we will have to change our route or that we will even have to postpone our race by one year to September 2021. We will monthly upgrade informations about MEGARACE & COVID-19 and we will decide in MAY latest about the date and eventually postponing the race by one year to 2021.
No matter what happens, we are looking forward to this race - and now all the more - because we have realized what a special race the Megarace is. We will come together from all over the world to make the seemingly impossible - run 1,001 km - non-stop.
We will do everything possible for this race and ask you to stay with us. Follow your passion! The Megarace will be a great experience for all of us.
Despite everything, it is very important for us to know who will actually be a participant in our event. Therefore, March 31st remains the date for the second payment.
I ask for your understanding that this is necessary for me and our company. Please make these payments by March 31st of this year, otherwise the entitlement to the starter ticket will expire on April 1st.
Please note our terms and conditions (https://www.meldelaeufer.de/j/shop/terms)
Especially now we wish you and your loved ones all the best and good health!
We all get through this time well
Megarace & Corona Virus
[March, 9th 2020] At the moment there are no signs that we will not be allowed to start the Megarace in September. Nobody currently knows how the situation with the virus is developing
So, of course there are no guarantees whether we have to teach additional requirements (health certificates of the athletes) or something else. Or whether we may not even be allowed to start the race. In this (very unlikely) case we would postpone the start by one year (see our terms and conditions https://www.meldelaeufer.de/j/shop/terms).
All entry fees would be retained. The entry fees will not be reimbursed.The date that the ticket must be paid in full remains for March 31. this year
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[FEB 2020] CUT-OFF TIMES BALANCED (Version 1.1 due to a calculation mistake)
The last days we worked on the cut-off times and we put more balance in. Participants have to leave Lifebases at latest to the [total time] shown on the overview.
[Feb 2020] We will meet for registration at the "Hotel Seebachschleife" in Bayerisch Eisenstein [Adress: Seebachschleife 2 · 94252 Bayerisch Eisenstein] . The town of Bayerisch Eisenstein has a train connection and is easy to reach for international starters by train from Frankfurt or Munich.
As a participant in the Megarace, it is possible to spend one or more nights before the start on special terms alone or with a partner. The link given here leads to the booking portal www.seebachschleife.de/megarace/ We are happy to help with any questions. Please use our contact form here on the website.
Due to its central location, the Hotel Seebachschleife is the headquarters for the race management and also a lifebase for the race participants
As a help:
Registration and kit check: Saturday, September 12th beginning at 9 AM
Obligatory Race Briefing: Saturday, September 12th beginning 4 PM
Pre Race Pasta Party: Saturday, September 12th beginning 6 PM
Runners breakfast: Sunday, September 13th beginning 5 AM
Bus shuttle to start location: Sunday, September 13th 7.30 AM
START MEGARACE: Sunday, September 13th, 9 AM
We think it`s the best and easiest way to get accomodation if you book two overnight stays from Friday, sep. 11th to Sunday, sep 13th, but we also know that some of you will stay by your crews in camper vans or in hostels nearby. It`s up to you
COMPLETE YOUR STARTER TICKET
[Jan 2020] We hope that we get the best weather for our event so that you can have such a view again and again when you are up on the mountains.
So that you can be part of the adventure, it is time to make the second payment by the end of March. We are looking forward to you and can hardly wait for the start!
[Dec 2019] COBRA XT - A Trainings Event for THE MEGARACE
The COBRA XT (COsta BRAva eXTrem) is an ultrarunning event located in Girona (Spain). It`s open to all athlets, but the main idea is that participants of THE MEGARACE have the chance to get some training and a first come together. Participating is free of charge to every MEGARACER.
The race course of the COBRA XT has a length of 135 km with nearly 4.500 meters elevation gain. Time limit is 36 hours.
We will provide 3 Aidstations with one bigger "Dropbag Station" at km 70.
Briefing: April, the 30th, 2020 GIRONA
Start: May, the 1st, 2020 GIRONA, 6 AM
You will find more information about COBRA XT on our main webside: www.meldelaeufer.de/laufevents/cobra-xt-2020/
Participants of THE MEGARACE who like to join the COBRA XT send an email to:
[Dec 2019] SCIENCE PROJECT MARS MISSION
So far people have not visited another planet or have been out of Earth's reach for a longer period.
Plans for a flight to Mars have existed for a long time, and various institutions distributed to many countries of the world are currently involved in preparing such a longer mission.
The trip to Mars would take about two years and take place in a small space ship with limited resources. Logistically a challenge and medically completely new territory.
Here are unprecedented physical mental demands on the astronauts as well. To examine this is a field of investigation of the current space science.
Our athletes could become part of this studies as part of a research project. We are looking forward to the upcoming talks and our contribution to the Mission Mars 2035.
[Aug 2019] Every finisher of the full distance of THE MEGARACE will get in addition to medal and certificate an engraved ring as a present for the great effort. Get yours!
[MARCH 2019] FIREFIGHTER TAKES THE CHALLENGE !
KAI EICHLER is a firefighter, as are about 1.3 million other firefighters in Germany.
At almost 4 million operations every year, our fire department is on hand. They help with fires, natural disasters and also in traffic accidents. They save lives - often in difficult circumstances, and not only in Germany but worldwide.
Many firefighters do their duty honorary, they are not in a professional fire brigade - these forces are indispensable to ensure general help.
KAI EICHLER will tackle the Megarace 2020 and he will take an additional piece of gear at each lifebase (there are 6 of them) at the end full equipped to cross the finish line - after 1,000 km. KAI EICHLER starts as a runner and finishes as a firefighter. We symbolically make it clear that volunteering is not carried on the skin but in the heart.
Our fire departments are important and indispensable worldwide - they need our support and they need new blood. We want to draw attention to that!
In addition, we will launch a fundraiser for "HELP FOR HELPERS", which collects funds for firefighters who crash in their missions. Likewise, the collected funds strengthen the training of firefighters.
I am very happy that KAI EICHLER is facing this task and wish him all the best for the preparation!