Kiel University
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
CAU - right up there for 350 years
Hochhauslauf powered by Förde Sparkasse

Aiming high for the university

On Wednesday, 22 April, sports fans from the university, city and region are called upon to climb the 261 steps of the university tower building in Kiel University's (CAU) first tower race. The university was able to obtain a strong partner for this race - the Förde Sparkasse - who will be supporting Kiel University's 350th anniversary with 35 cents per stair covered by the runners.


The tower race will take place on 22 April as from 4 pm. Those wishing to rise up for the university can either complete all 14 floors in the individual category or take part in a relay team of four and divide the distance up. Participants will be rewarded with a panorama view across Kiel and a medal. The three fastest in the men’s and ladies’ individual races, plus the team race can also look forward to fantastic prizes.

The tower race will be an experience for spectators, too: the finish of the participants will be broadcast in the foyer of the building. Furthermore, the event will be presented by Bernd Lange from university sports at the CAU, who will also be conducting the sporting management with his team.

UPDATE, March 2nd:

The tower race powered by Förde Sparkasse is fully booked. All starting positions (individual race and team race) are already taken.


You can register as from now via the university sports website. The entry fee for individuals is 3.50 € and for teams it is 10.00 €. Participation is limited to 90 individual racers and 20 teams of four.

Competition announcement


Kiel University in cooperation with Förde Sparkasse


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Wednesday, 22 April 2015

2 - 3:45 pmPick-up of the starting numbers, registration, if applicable late registrations
4 pmWelcome address and information on the competition procedure
4:15 pmStart for the first runner in the individual races
6:30 pmStart for the first runner in the relay races
7:30 pmAwards ceremony
Competition categories:

  • Men’s individuals / Ladies’ individuals, max. 90 runners
  • Teams consisting of four runners, max. 20 teams

Kiel University's tower building, the forecourt and the foyer (Christian-Albrechts-Platz 4, 24118 Kiel). The competition will take place in the left stairwell (when standing at the main entrance). This will be reserved exclusively for the race. The stairwell to the right of the building and all lifts can be used as normal.

The route:

  • Individual category: 14 floors, 261 steps in total
  • Team category: Relay race (4 floors, 4 floors, 3 floors, 3 floors)
  • Start: Foyer
  • Finish: 14th floor

Members of Kiel University, friends and sponsors of the university, as well as those individuals or companies who feel connected to the university may participate. You must be at least 18 years old to take part.


There are three categories: Ladies’ individuals, men’s individuals and teams. The first three in each will be recognised and will receive a prize. All participants will receive a medal for taking part.


  • 1st prize – Ladies’ individuals: A voucher for two nights for two at the Steigenberger Hotel de Saxe in Dresden, including breakfast buffet and use of the SpaWorld
  • 1st prize – Men’s individuals: A voucher for two nights for two at the Steigenberger Hotel in Bremen, including breakfast buffet in the Blaufeuer Restaurant and use of the SpaWorld
  • 1st prize - Teams: A voucher for the team to take part in a course from those on offer at university sports. The team can choose which course they would like from the entire range.
  • 2nd prize – Ladies’/men’s individuals: starting place for this years' Kiel.Lauf each (distance can be freely selected).
  • 2nd prize - Teams: starting place relay team for this years' Kiel.Lauf (distance halfmarathon, 21,0975 km).
  • 3rd prize – Ladies’/men’s individuals and teams: high-quality headphones
Entry fees:

(via SEPA direct debit for online registrations or in cash when registering in person):

  • 3.50 € per individual
  • 10.00 € per team

Online via the USZ link or in person at the university sports office (Address) during the following times: Tuesdays to Thursdays from 11 am to 1 pm and 3:30 - 6:30 pm.


Individuals: Individuals begin in 30 seconds intervals at the start of the race in the foyer, finishing time is measured at the end on the 14th floor. Overtaking others is permitted. Starting numbers must be worn on front.

Teams: The first runner in Team 1 begins, the rest follow in 1 minute intervals, changeover 1 on the 4th floor, changeover 2 on the 8th floor, changeover 3 on the 11th floor, finishing time at the end on the 14th floor, runners 2 to 4 make their own way up to the changeover positions (using the lift or the other stairwell).


All runners will receive water at the start and finish.

Health and medical care:

The DRK (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz) will be providing medical assistance.

By registering for and participating in this event, you are agreeing to the conditions given in the announcement and the organiser's exemption of liability. The organiser assumes no liability for any items or valuables that you, your relatives or those accompanying you bring to the event. You waive any liability claims against the organiser and, in the case of a personal claim, you waive the enforcement of rights of recourse against the organiser and its employees or representatives. This is unless the damage is based on intent or gross negligence by the organiser, its employees or representatives, or the basis for liability is violation of the organiser's essential obligations. Personal injury is subject to statutory provisions.

You declare that you are healthy and have an adequate level of fitness. You agree to your removal from the competition if you are at risk of harming your health.

You also agree that your personal registration details are recorded and passed on for time measurements, positioning and producing start and results lists, along with publication of any of the following in connection with the event: photos, film footage and interviews on the radio, television, advertising, in books, photo copies, without any claims for payment. Registered participants may revoke the consent with effect for the future (Section 12 (2) LDSG SH). This, however, will result in you being unable to participate in the tower race. You expressly declare that the details you have provided are correct, and assure that you will not pass your starting number on to another person. (Information according to the Data Protection Act: Your data will be saved electronically.)

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