KuSuH Trail 100
(Kraichgau and Stromberg and Heuchelberg)
!!! KuSuH-Trail 100 is official qualification heat for The North Face® Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® !!!
Qualification heat - 4 points
Date: September 28 till 29, 2013 at the Stadium in Oberderdingen, Germany
Participation / Registration:
Since the host does not pursue any economic interests, the „KuSuH Trail 100“ is a private race by invitation of the host. Its just a private appointment to run. This internet side is not a public announcement but just an information platform. Every invited runner is responsible for himself.
You may register by sending a postcard or letter to the address listed below via snail mail. We're looking forward to receive mail in our real mailbox!
Registration from February 01 till September 27, 2013
The confirmation of your registration will also be via snail mail. Thus: don't forget your return address!
Registration Address: Wolfgang Höfle,
Participant Limit: 30 runners maximum. The organisation team may invite additional
2 honored runners and own a wildcard themself.
System of Invitation: Contact us and we'll invite you, according to the motto:
first come, first serve ... ahem ... first run
Once the limit has reached, we'll create a waiting list.
40,00 EUR. The registration is not valid until this fee has been made to: Georg Zitsch, Account Number 3384085, Volksbank Pforzheim (Bank Code 666 900 00).
If you cancel your participation before August 31, we will refund your payment reduced by a 5 Euro handling fee. If you cancel in September, the registration fee expires.
The race is a trail run. That is to say, pure nature, with asphalt and civilization encountered only in the 3 unavoidable towns through which you will run. However, these are small and some will only be passed on the outskirts. Other than that, you will stay on single trails (natural, root, grass, and hiking trails). Technically, some of these are quite challenging, even difficult, especially by night. The landscape in our area is very hilly and heavily forested. The „KuSuH“ follows a permanent „up“ and „down“ covering a total elevation change of about 2,500 meters. The course is very appealing from a scenic and cultural aspect and very beautiful, with many vista points, lakes, natural monuments, vinyards, and monastery excavations. You'll be travelling on century-old hiking trails (travel routes) such as the Grenzsteinweg, Waldenser Weg, Östlicher Rennweg, and Eppinger Linienweg.
Course Length / Elevation Change: 100 Miles (161 km) / roughly 2,500 meters.
Start / Finish (showers available!): SV Oberderdingen, at the stadium (sports center)
Finish Line Closure / Cut Off: You have 30 hours to reach the finish line. Ergo until Sunday 2:00 pm. Runners age 60 and over are allowed 31 hours, runners age 65 and over are allowed 32 hours and so on. There are 3 cut-off points at VP7, VP8 and VP9. But they are generous. Everyone can run at their own pace. Hear more at the briefing. Start is Saturday morning at 8:00 am, the finish line closes at 2:00 pm on Sunday. Just simple, isn't it.
Breakfast and briefing: Saturday, September 28th at 6:00 am, briefing at 6:30 am. Attendance to the briefing is mandatory.
Check in: is already possible on Friday, September 27th from 7:00 pm till 21:00 pm and on Saturday after 6:00 am. Accommodation in the sports hall is possible.
Exclusion of Liability:
Permission to start will not be granted without a signed Exclusion of Liability Waiver (Haftungsausschluss). Everybody participates at their own risk. The host will not be held accountable for accidents that take place during the event, injuries, loss of personal property, etc.
Provision Stations (VP), Drop Bags:
There will be 9 provision stations set up along the course. You may have personal items (drop bags) brought to 2 stations. All this stations are reachable on public roads.
The course will be adequately marked (stainless steel plates with white ribbon and reflector and additional flour arrows).
Room Reservations / Camping:
Please contact the Bürgerbüro in 75038 Oberderdingen. Camping is possible at the sports center.
For Information Contact:
Phone: +49 (0)7258-6234
Course, Markings, Orientation:
The „KuSuH“ is a trail run worthy of the name. It is laid out in a large loop on designated hiking trails from Oberderdingen to Oberderdingen. In 2013 we will run the course clockwise. The course got 3 changes, which makes it a little bit harder and we keep the changes also in future. What difficulties? Find it out in the race. May be I give it away on the briefing ;-))
The trail conditions and surfaces vary greatly: gravel, rocks (large and small), forest soil, branches, roots, grass, mud, stairs, wooden bridges, anything a trail runner could desire. The fabulous single trails have also earned their name literally. Many are not wider than a sheet of DIN-A 4 paper and often very overgrown. What more could you want?
The „KuSuH Trail 100“ is not easy! At least in our opinion. We may not have mountains or kilometer-long ascents or descents, but the constant „up“ an „down“ is certainly grueling. Add to that the tough trail conditions, fall hazard, orientation, running at night in a forest, wild boar, yard dogs, and mountain bikers. You should definitely be proficient at running according to a map by day AND by night. Even though the markings are adequate, it is still very easy to get lost in our parts, especially in the dark.
Running Gear / Equipment:
Everybody can run as they wish and are able. We recommend the following gear: weather-appropriate clothing, trial running shoes, headlamp and hand-held flash light, spare batteries, drink system or bottles.
You are aware of the fact that 100 miles is a long distance! The paths are not easy, nor is the distance profile. In order to complete the „KuSuH“, you should already have some ultra running experience. Ideally, you will already have completed 100 miles races and it's an advantage if you've spent some time running cross country off pavement.
Because real mountains and thus great altitude changes are missing, we've set the time limit to 30 hours. By doing so, we want to ensure that this will be a running and not a hiking event. Everyone who finishes within the time limit has a right to be proud of their achievement.
There are really no noteworthy rules or regulations.
All you have to do is run, placing one foot in front of the other until one of the two crosses the finish line. Please be courteous and nice to the support staff along the way. You should not, rather it is absolutely forbidden, to litter the course by disposing of any implements, wrappers, clothing or other trash. This is an absolute „no go!!!“ and will lead to an unconditional disqualification regardless of your position or name. So remember to tread lightly and leave no trace!
Again in 2013 - P A C E R:
Every female runner (not the female) may have one pacer. From mile 53 (VP 5) on. This fellow-runner has to pay a 15 Euro fee, course he may use the VPs, too. If you use a pacer, tell us 4 weeks before via phone or letter. The pacer is just for moral support - no muling. In no case he is allowed to carry your backpag, your coat or yourself.
Environmentally aware we are, we completely abstain from one way dishes. This means for you: bring a cup with you an take it as an additional freight on your 100-mile-round.
On Sunday, September 29th from 3:00 pm onwards we will gather to celebrate, converse, laugh, eat, and drink. The finishers will receive their awards and the winner will be honored.
Last but not least we are happy to present our sponsors. Without sponsors its impossible to manage such a contest. Many, many thanks to: