Around 1300 Runners Bring the Melaten Campus to Life at the 7th RWTH Campus Run

© Sarah Rauch

The mood was terrific at the 7th RWTH Campus Run organized by the RWTH Aachen University Sports Center (HSZ). Around 1,300 participants explored the Melaten campus running on May 5th. In addition to the successful competitions, there was also rousing entertainment and lots of fun along the course. Peter Lynen, head of the University Sports Center, is happy about a successful Campus Run 2023.


First event of the summer semester

The Campus Run 2023 kicked off the summer semester at the University Sports Center and the Aachen universities as a big event. Almost 1,300 participating athletes competed highly motivated in three different runs against each other and with each other. In addition to the FunRun, FitnessRun and relay race, there was a colorful supporting program. Thus, the Melaten campus came alive on this Friday evening. Peter Lynen, head of the HSZ, was pleased with the great success. There had been a colorful mix of runs for fun, team building and top sports again that afternoon. This event brings life to the Melaten campus, he said.

Experiences along the route

There is a lot to discover along the course. Various institutes of the RWTH, green nature and the campus sheep make the run a varied experience. In the start and finish areas, the enthusiastic runners created a good atmosphere and were cheered on by fans with posters. At the Techniker Krankenkasse stand, exhausted participants could not only get information but also a massage.

Enthusiastic rectorate representatives

Professor Dr. Alexander Markschies, Chairman of the Rectorate Commission on University Sports, is enthusiastic about so much fun and commitment. The Campus Run revitalizes the Melaten campus. This great atmosphere made him want to take part himself next year. Professor Dr. Christof Schelthoff, Prorector for Strategic Planning, Financing and Control of the FH Aachen, from the FH Aachen also agrees. He himself took part in the Campus Run 2022 and was impressed by the group dynamics among the participants. The cooperation between RWTH and FH Aachen at the Campus Run enables a special exchange between the students. Here they can do sports together and make contacts. Sport is essential for all students at the universities. There, they can set personal goals and perform, says Schelthoff.


Only with the help of numerous helping hands was the realization of the RWTH Campus Run possible. Many of them are student volunteers. Juliana Kirchhoff, sports officer for the Aachen student bodies, is thrilled with the support. Many volunteers come from the sports groups, but international students and others also like to help out at the University Sports Center events, where they can make contacts.

The future of the Melaten Campus

In the future, many institutes will continue to be built on the Melaten Campus. But space is also to be created here for sports. An outdoor fitness facility is being planned. The desire for a university sports location at the Melaten Campus is particularly high among students.

Health partner Techniker Krankenkasse

The main health partner of the event is Techniker Krankenkasse. It has supported the campus run since the beginning. Techniker Krankenkasse does not only support the health of university members in everyday university life. They also want to make a contribution with events like the campus run. They will definitely be back next year, said Masoud Mirzai from Techniker Krankenkasse.


The following runners were particularly successful at the 2023 Campus Run. In the FunRun over 4.6 kilometers, Ronja Stöcker was the fastest among the women with a time of 18 minutes and 17 seconds. In the men's race, Dennis Gerhard crossed the finish line first with a time of 13 minutes and 57 seconds.
In the relay race over four times 2.3 kilometers, which took place at the same time, the DLC Campus Runners team came out on top with a total time of 29 minutes and 37 seconds.
In the 9-kilometer FitnessRun, Paulina Montero took first place among the women with a time of 37 minutes and 36 seconds. The first place in the men's race was achieved by Henrik Hoffmann with a time of 29 minutes and 56 seconds.

For more results, see the results list on the event website.