The Long Distance Ski Championship

König Ludwig Lauf

The German
König Ludwig Lauf in Oberammergau was founded in 1968 and had 796 competing
skiers on 17thMarch the first time. The distance in the early years
of the race was 90km consisting of two rounds of 45km, but was changed in 1984
into one smaller round of 65km before the race distance finally was reduced to
50km. When the Vasaloppet in Sweden gave women the permission to compete in the
race in 1980, the König Ludwig Lauf followed this example.

Since 1976 the
race is held on the first weekend in February and the 50km course leads trough
the areas of Ettal, Graswang and Linderhof before it finishes in the Stadium of
Oberammergau. On this course it passes the Castle Linderhof, which was built by
the Bavarian King Ludwig II. between 1869 and 1886. During the race the skiers
conquer an altitude from 850m to 1003m. 2010 there started participants from 34
different nations all around the world.

The region where the König Ludwig Lauf takes
place is known as one of the most scenic and attractive landscapes in Germany,
the nature reserve "Ammergebirge". Frequently it is described as a
paradise for cross-country-skiing and several times honoured by tourism
magazines.

Facts About König Ludwig Lauf

FULL DURATION VIDEO 2014

http://www.koenig-ludwig-lauf.com/
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Sunday, February 1st 2015
50km Classic technique
Germany
Start time CET 0900

Swix Ski Classics Sprints
8km Graswang
21km Linderhof

Record number of participants
4200

2014 RESULTS

Men
1. Johan Kjølstad UNBA 01:57:58.30
2. Simen Østensen CENT 01:58:00.70
3. Daniel Tynell TTYN 01:58:02.00

Women
1. Seraina Boner COOP 02:07:42.20
2. Tuva Toftdahl Staver COOP 02:08:00:70
3. Laila Kveli CENT 02:08:01.10