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31st World Championships

08/27/2022 in Berlin·Bernau

The 100 km is THE premium discipline in ultra-distance running. Since 1987 national championships have been held for this distance by the German Athletics Assocation (DLV) and world championships by the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU).

A fascinating and highly demanding competition which also offers a spectacular experience to the spectators, the top competitors run this distance in well under seven hours. The world record is 6:09:14 hours, which corresponds to an average speed of 16 km/h. This is a speed that fascinates the spectators and keeping them on their toes.

We are bringing the World Championship to Berlin·Bernau

In 1987, on the initiative of the German Ultramarathon Association e. V. (DUV), the first German Championships in 100 km road running was hosted in conjunction with German Athletics Federation (DLV). The DUV has been toying with the idea of organizing a World Ultramarathon Championship in Germany for quite a while. With a project plan to organize the 100 k World Championship Berlin/Bernau 2022, DUV approached DLV as the governing body to hand in the application to the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU). IAU granted the rights to stage the 31 st 100 k World Championships to DUV/DLV September 22 nd 2021. As the organizing body DUV founded “Ultramarathon Veranstaltungs gemeinnützige UG (haftungsbeschränkt)” in November 2020 with headquarters in Berlin. Berlin and Bernau are planned as event locations.

The Deutsche Ultramarathon-Vereinigung e. V. (German Ultramarathon Association), abbreviated DUV e. V., was founded in 1985 in order to promote and cultivate long-distance running beyond the scope of marathon running on both the recreational and competitive levels. The association has over 1,800 members, maintains publicly accessible running statistics with more than 1.5 million runner profiles and over 6.2 million event results, publishes the trade journal ULTRAMARATHON four times a year, and organizes the DLV championships in the 100 km run, 50 km run, ultratrail, and 24 hour run through a cooperative agreement with the German Athletics Association.

Guest in Berlin – competing in Bernau

Berlin and its surrounding area is one of the running metropolises – and for more reasons than its world record marathon course. Additionally, the German championships in the 50 km and 100 km in Berlin and the 100 miles of Berlin, which since 2011 has followed the route of the former Berlin Wall, are particularly important events. High-performance clubs such as the Ultrateam of the LG Nord Berlin, the LG Mauerweg or the Laufpartner are also based in the German capital.
With forest comprising 18.4% of the city‘s area and many lakes and rivers with beautiful riverside paths, Berlin is an ideal running destination. Running events longer than the marathon are also enjoying a rapid rise in popularity. We are pleased to be able to host the premium discipline of ultra running, the 100 km road race, with a World Championships in the Berlin metropolitan region. The team hotel will be in the heart of the city.

The town of Bernau bei Berlin, with its 40,000 inhabitants, is located just to the northeast of Berlin. Bernau is home to the Bauhaus monument Bundesschule, the second largest Bauhaus building next to the Bauhaus itself. The architectural monument is also home to the Barnim Gymnasium, an outdoor swimming pool and a sports ground. In 2017, the former Federal School, built between 1928 and 1930, was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area at the Bauhaus monument is the center of the event on race day. From the sports grounds, the running course leads onto the wide, wind-protected Wandlitzer Chaussee. The flat course promises fast times. The 100 km DUV-German-Championships was held September 18 th , 2021 on almost the identical course. In the men‘s category, André Collet won in 6:46:41 hours and in the women‘s category, Katrin Gottschalk in 8:12:03 hours.
Since 2004 Bernau has been a premier venue for races up to 24h. In 2020, as a substitute for the cancellation of German Championships due to the pandemic, the DUV Challenge and various other ultra distances have taken place at the Bauhaus Monument.

Two strong organizations – DLV and IAU

German Athletics Association (DLV)

The German Athletics Association (DLV) is the governing body for the sport of athletics in Germany with just under 800.000 members in app. 7.600 clubs. within World Athletics (WA), DLV is the federation with the most members world wide.
Next to the olympic disciplines DLV represents the non-olympic sports in the Masters, Mountain- and Trail Running as well as Ultramarathon, in which European and World championships are held and German athletes take part wearing the DLV national cap.

International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU)

The International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) is operating under the patronage of World Athletics and is dedicated to develop ultradistance running internationally within the World Athletics Rules & Regulations. As international governing body for ultradistance running, one of the main objectives is to promote and develop long distance running worldwide by encouraging specific activities in each of the World Athletics Continental Areas. The 100 km is the “flagship” of the IAU competitions and the IAU also ratifies 100 km world records.