FAQs – Frequently asked questions

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How can I register for the Karwendelmarsch?

The maximum number of participants is 2,500. Please click the following link for information on registration and participation fees: https://www.karwendelmarsch.info/en/registration-2/

Can I register several participants at the same time?

Yes, you can register several participants at the same time.

What are the methods of payment for the entry fee 2024?
  • Sepa direct debit (participants from GER and AUT only)
  • Credit card EUR (Visa/Master)
  • Credit card CHF (Visa/Master)
  • Credit card GBP (Visa/Master)
  • PayPal (EUR)
  • Bank transfer (to European account)
  • Bank transfer (from Swiss account)
  • Swiss PostFinance
What are the conditions for participation and rules of conduct?

By submitting the entry form, each participant agrees to the competition conditions and the rules of conduct. We expressly point out once again that part of the course is in alpine terrain and that the runners are aware of the risk of injury in the event of a fall. No liability is accepted for theft or other damage. Participation is at the runner’s own risk. In particular, each participant is responsible for their physical fitness.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are not allowed.

What kind of footwear is required for the Karwendelmarsch?

The entire route of the Karwendelmarsch runs through alpine terrain and therefore you should wear appropriate shoes. Especially in wet conditions mountain boots are recommended.

Where does the route take us?

The Karwendelmarsch is a 52-kilometre race through the Karwendel mountains with an elevation gain of 2,300 metres, leading over forest roads and mountain trails. The first few kilometres climb steadily, then after 18 km you will reach the Karwendelhaus at an elevation of 1,771 metres. The route descends to the Kleine Ahornboden, where you arrive after ca. 25 km. To reach the Eng, the finishing point of the 35 km route, you walk or run past the Falkenhütte (1,848 m) and the Hohljoch. If you decide to tackle the full distance of the Karwendelmarsch, you will complete the remaining 12 kilometres of the route via the Binsalm (1,502 m) and the Gramai Hochleger (1,756 m). As you descend, you come across two refreshment stations (Gramai and Falzthurn), and you can enjoy post-race snacks at the finishing point in Pertisau. Click on the following link to view the elevation profile and more information: https://www.karwendelmarsch.info/en/route/

Can I register for 52 km and finish after 35 km?

If you do not complete the full distance of the Karwendelmarsch 52 km and finish at the Eng, you will automatically be transferred to the 35 km results list.

The Karwendelmarsch running category is only to be completed over 52 km. If you finish the course earlier, you will be disqualified. However, you can change your name on the results list afterwards by sending an email to info@karwendelmarsch.info. A service fee of EUR 15.00 will be charged.

Please note: Transport of clothes is only available between Scharnitz and Pertisau!

Every finisher will receive a medal and a finisher pack!

Why are there time limits?

For safety reasons, time limits were introduced.

All participants must have passed the Karwendelhaus by 11.30 (35 & 52 km) and the second mat at the Eng control station (Großer Ahornboden) by 14.00 (52 km) at the latest. Passing the rest of the course later than this is out of competition (without start number) and outside the official event times. Participants are responsible for any return transfer costs. Please note that the refreshment stations, first aid posts and emergency services will be withdrawn from the course with the final runner from 14.00.

  • The organizer reserves the right to withdraw any participant who appears unable to complete the course within the time limit or reach the finish line Eng. Such runners will be approached by the mountain rescue team/last runner/course marshals and instructed to end the race.
  • Finish in Eng (35km) is at 17.00; finish in Pertisau am Achensee (52km) is at 20.00.
Is there a transport of clothes to the Eng available?

For organisational reasons, transport of clothes to the Eng is not available.

Are transfers available to the start in Scharnitz and back from the finishing points?

Transfers are available to the starting point and also back from the finishing points. Transfers must be booked in advance. Please click on the following link for more information: https://www.karwendelmarsch.info/en/transfer/

Are there refreshment stations along the route?

There are ten refreshment stations along the route providing drinks and organic mid-run snacks by “Bio vom Berg”. 

What is the difference between the categories hiking and running?

In the running category, the focus is on the sporting achievements of the participants. Another difference lies in the classification of the individual competitions: For hikers, there is a general ranking for all participants, whereas for runners there are different ratings by age and gender. Click on the following link for detailed information on the individual competitions and race categories: https://www.karwendelmarsch.info/en/important-information/

Is running allowed in the hiking category?

Running in the hiking category or walking in the running category will not result in disqualification.

Are hiking poles allowed?

Poles may be used. Please be careful using poles for steep ascents and descents. It is also important to be considerate of the participants following behind you.

Is there a mandatory equipment list?

The route runs through alpine terrain and participants should have suitable equipment. In general, there is no mandatory equipment. However, we recommend bringing sufficient water, bandages, rain protection, sunscreen and running hats/caps. Checking the current weather report will help you pack your rucksack for the Karwendelmarsch. We reserve the right to conduct random inspections in case of extreme weather conditions (snowfall, sleet, etc.).

I have problems registering or paying online, what can I do?

The online registration and payment of the entry fee will be processed via the platform my.raceresult.com of raceresult AG. If you have any questions, please contact raceresult timing BW GmbH by email.

Are race spots limited?

Yes, due to environmental protection regulations the number of participants of the Karwendelmarsch is limited to 2,500 people. Since the entire route of the competition runs through Austria’s largest nature reserve, the efforts to reduce the environmental impact are essential to make the event more sustainable.

Can I change my data after registration?

You can change information submitted by you (name, sports club, etc.) by clicking the link in your confirmation email. The provider will charge a service fee of EUR 15.00. The deadline for changes is 18 August at midnight.

I didn’t get a race spot but I want to participate at all costs. What can I do?

If you did not manage to get a place in the Karwendelmarsch, check out the transfer platform on our website. Each year, the platform is open until a certain date, after that transfers will no longer be possible.

My details on the finisher list are not correct. Can I have them changed?

Yes, please contact the staff of the OK team via email at info@karwendelmarsch.info. The provider will charge a service fee of EUR 15.00.

Is there an award ceremony for the 35 km competition?

To recognize athletes finishing after 35 km in the Eng, they will be greeted and presented with their finishers medal. There won’t be an extra award ceremony for completing the 35 km stage.

What should I do with lost property found during the Karwendelmarsch?

If you find a pair of sunglasses, a purse, jewellery, etc. along the way, you are welcome to hand in the valuable items at one of the feed stations or at the information desk in the finish area. An exact description of where the item was found will help us find the owner.

Is parking available?

On the day of the event, free parking is available both in Pertisau near the finish and in Scharnitz near the start. The local fire brigade will guide you to the correct car parks.

Can race spots be transferred?

You can transfer your place in the Karwendelmarsch to another runner looking to run in the same race category as you entered. You can change the data yourself by clicking the link in your confirmation email. The provider will charge a service fee of EUR 15.00. ATTENTION: You cannot change the start number and race category. Transfers are possible until 18 August at midnight.

How are times measured?

Times are measured by a chip integrated in the racing bib (start number). Please make sure the bib is always visible and not covered by anything.

What is the difference between gross & net time?

The gross time is the time run from the starting signal to the personal finish, regardless of the actual time of crossing the start line. The net time is the actual running time, i.e. the time that elapses from crossing the start line to the finish.

Are shower facilities available?

There are showers at the finish area.

What can I do if I cannot participate because I’m ill or injured?

We recommend taking out a cancellation insurance when registering online to receive a refund of the entry fee in the event of illness (excluding extra fees and retention).

In case of non-attendance of the booked event due to acute or involuntary illness or accident*, a claim notification must be filled out online within 7 days and a medical confirmation as proof of the existence of such a reason for the reimbursement of the start fee.

* The following cases shall not be considered as illness or accident, and thus not be covered by any claim: Pregnancy, birth, planned surgery, spa stays, rehab stays, any health restrictions associated with chronic illnesses, if the illness was known at the time the contract was concluded, as well as illnesses, operations and accidents of family members (uninsured persons) etc.

How do I make an insurance claim?

If you have an accident during the Karwendelmarsch, contact the insurance company GARANTA or the assistance coordinator at your earliest convenience, at the latest within a week, and report the accident by phone or in writing (by email or by post) by sending an accident report (leistung@garanta.at).

After registration, each participant receives an email with their login details. Log into your account to register directly with Race Result and download the accident report form.