We love a forest, and are constantly searching for any events that will take us to some nice soft trails. Living in a city means you often need to travel a fair distance to reach nature.
Not far from Tegel Airport, Tegeler Forst is easily accessible – only 30 minutes drive by car, and also just a 10 minute walk from the nearest S-Bahn at Hermsdorf. We’d say this spot is the perfect escape for city people yearning for an escape and a change of scene. It was also the location of last weekend’s 60th Herbstwaldlauf.
The race was organised by LG Nord, a local athletics club. Approximately 400 runners took part in races ranging from 1.1km to 11km. The atmosphere was super friendly and welcoming. A couple of gazebos made up the “event village”, (leave your bags by the tea and biscuits), a Start and Finish line, of course, and the view of trees beyond.
Despite the chill, -3ºC was certainly on the nippy side, the run was fantastic. The route was marked on the ground using sawdust in the shape of arrows, plus the occasional sawdust smiley on the brow of a hill – nice touch.
The fresh air meant all runners had to get moving quickly to keep warm. The first few kilometers seemed to trudge along, my legs felt they were still somewhere back in the event village. However, once I passed the halfway mark, each kilometer marker came up faster and faster. I soon passed 10km feeling energised and exhilarated through the last kilometer to the finish line. I’m not sure why this was an 11km route. It could be dictated by the forest paths. Even so, before I knew it the event was over, and after a warm, sweet herbal tea, we were soon on our way back home again.
Seriously, if you are in Berlin, then you should really take a trip to Tegeler Forest. The pine trees are vast, the route undulated without being noticeably challenging and the paths are perfect.
Turns out my running partner and I were 8th and 14th ladies to cross the finish line, and dare I say it, I think I ran my fastest (unofficial) 10km distance this year. You bet I’ll be searching for some more forest runs now. It looks like this will be a great winter of running!
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Use this link for a map of the Herbstwaldlauf 11km route.