The Track Signs are in Place - Only Two Weeks to the Popular Lousberg Run

22/06/2023
Project team poses in front of Lousberg Run flagsProject team poses in front of Lousberg Run flags © HSZ

The cult event on the Teufelsberg in Aachen is back: The Lousberglauf powered by STAWAG will take place for the 34th time on July 5! In summery warm weather, the signs on the course of the Lousberg Run were installed on Wednesday, June 21. Thus, the first starting signal has been given - the training on the course can begin. At a press conference, the University Sports Center (HSZ) and its partners gave an insight into the planning of the Aachen cult event.

 

Just under two weeks before the race, the official signs are now in place. The unique course over the Lousberg may seem relatively short with only 5,555 meters, but due to the not to be underestimated gradients and the slope shortly before the finish, it will make even top athletes sweat. Training on the course is recommended for a successful run.

The Lousberglauf is taking place for the 34th time this year. In 1989, the run was held for the first time as a university sports event. But the history of the Lousberglauf goes back even further. The challenging run originated back in the early 1980s as a student initiative, started by residents of the towers. Since then, students living in the towers have become an important part of the event. They support the run both on and off the course as volunteers or active participants. Event coordinator Matthias Wilhelm describes the special atmosphere of the event: "We like to call the Lousberg our front garden. Current and former residents come together for the Lousberg Run. It's a great opportunity here to meet old friends again and get to know new people."

An important long-time partner for the Aachener Lauffest is the city of Aachen. After 34 years, the city and the HSZ are already a well-established team. The cooperation with the city of Aachen thus ensures a safe and successful Lousberglauf powered by STAWAG. In recent years, ecological aspects have become more and more important in the cooperation. It is important for both the HSZ and the city of Aachen to organize a sustainable event. This year, for example, increased attention is being paid to the protection of the tree population along the course. Anja Ptak and Bernd Elbert from the Sports Department of the City of Aachen are pleased to be able to support the Lousberglauf year after year: "The Lousberg Run is as much a part of Aachen as the Lousberg itself," emphasizes Anja Ptak.

STAWAG has supported the run as title sponsor for almost 20 years. On race day, they are also actively on site and supply the runners with water in the finish area. Kirsten Haacke from STAWAG's Corporate Communications emphasizes the long-standing cooperation: "We have been supporting the run for more than 20 years and are happy to be part of it again every year. As a sponsor and, of course, with our own running team." Because, as every year, STAWAG also sends its own team into the race. The runners are already training for the race in two weeks.

In the next few weeks, there are still a few organizational items on the agenda: more volunteers are needed. Those interested can register on the university sports website. Those who have not yet been able to secure one of the popular starting places for the Lousberglauf powered by STAWAG can do so via the university sports website.

The HSZ would like to thank all participants, the STAWAG, the city of Aachen, as well as the Studierendenwerk and is looking forward to organizing the Lousberglauf powered by STAWAG on the Teufelsberg in Aachen.

Further information is available on the page of the Lousberglauf powered by STAWAG.