A guide to volksmarching in the Kaiserslautern/Wiesbaden area
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Weekend of April 30-May 1
Ramstein-Miesenbach (66877) — The Ramstein Roadrunners club plays host to this volksmarch which offers a surprising number of trails. The number of club members working the event partly illustrates why the Roadrunners are one of the few active American clubs remaining in Germany. Wanderers will find the event to be a friendly and relaxing family activity. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Darmstadt, 63 toward Kaiserslautern, and 6 toward Saarbrücken. Exit at Ramstein-Miesenbach (13), turn left at the light at the end of the ramp, and follow IVV signs to the start.
Start: Mehrzweckhalle at Am Kiefernkopf 22 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (16 km), 7 a.m. to noon (21 km), 6:30-10:30 a.m. (32 km) and 6:30-9:30 a.m (42 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km), 7 a.m. to noon (16 km) and 7-11 a.m. (21 km) Trail: Slightly hilly, fields and forests Award: Souvenir (shorter trails) or patch and certificate (marathon).
Weekend of May 7-8
Bundenbach (55626) — This event, the second for the new club, is located sort of midway between Idar-Oberstein and the Hahn airport. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Bingen, and 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Rheinböllen (45) to use B50 toward Simmern. At Büchenbeuren, pick up a minor road through Rhaunen and leading to the start at Bundenbach. From the KMC, use B270 north from Kaiserslautern to Fischbach, then connect with a minor road to Mörschied. From there, connect with minor roads to Sonnschied and Bundenbach. From Baumholder, use secondary roads to Ruschberg, Reichenbach, and Idar-Oberstein. Connect with B41 to Fischbach, and take minor roads to Mörschied, Sonnschied, and Bundenbach.
Start: Glückauf-Halle at Schulstr. 25 Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (6, 10 and 20 km) Trails: Unknown Award: None.
Limburg an der Lahn (65549) — This event, featuring a volksmarch triathlon, will be found in Limburg proper. A shuttle bus will transport swimmers to the pool facility in Limburg-Offheim. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahn 3 toward Köln and exit at Limburg-Nord (42). Cross the Lahnbrücke bridge and turn right at the second street. IVV signs will be posted.
Start: Markthalle on Ste.-Foy-Straße for walk and cycling and Hallenbad Offheim at Am Hallenbad for swimming Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km, plus cycling), 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (swim) Sunday: 6 to 1 p.m. (6, 11 and 20 km, plus cycling) and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (swim) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: From previous events.
Weekend of May 14-15
Kriegsfeld (67819) — This event is south of Bad Kreuznach. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 643 toward Mainz, 60 toward Darmstadt, and 63 toward Kaiserslautern. Exit at Erbes-Büdesheim (9) to use minor roads through Wendelsheim and Nieder-Wiesen to reach Kriegsfeld. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim and 63 toward Mainz. Exit at Erbes-Büdesheim (9) and follow a secondary road through Wendelsheim and Nieder-Wiesen to reach Kriegsfeld.
Start: Turn- und Festhalle at Hinter Kirch 10 Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 and 10 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km), 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 km) and 7-11 a.m. (20 km) Trail: Fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: From previous events.
Weekend of May 21-22
Bendorf (56170) — This event is north of Koblenz and a bit of a drive — 95 minutes from the KMC and about an hour from Wiesbaden — but offers the chance to explore Koblenz afterward. From Wiesbaden, use Autobahns 66 toward Frankfurt, 3 toward Koblenz, and 48 toward Trier. Exit at Bendorf/Neuwied (11) to use B42 and minor roads to Bendorf and the start. From the KMC, use Autobahns 6 toward Mannheim, 63 toward Mainz, and 61 toward Koblenz. Take exit 37 to connect with A48 toward Koblenz, then use the Bendorf/Neuwied exit (11) to pick up B42. Use local roads from B42 to reach Bendorf.
Start: Stadthalle at am Yzeurer Platz, Rheinstraße Saturday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (5 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (10 and 20 km) Sunday: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (5, 10 and 20 km) Trail: Expect fairly hilly, fields and woods Award: None.
Weiler bei Bingen (55413) — This walk is part of the year-round Rundweitwanderweg in the beautiful Hunsrück area. From Wiesbaden, Mainz and points east, take Autobahn 60 to Bingen and Autobahn 61 toward Koblenz. Exit at Stromberg (46) and head toward Waldalgesheim to reach the start.
Start: Rhein-Nahe-Halle on Mannesmannstraße Saturday and Sunday: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (6 and 11 km) and 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. (20 km) Trail: Hilly, woods Award: None.