The WHEW100 is the supreme discipline of 7th May 2022. As a single runner, you will pass through seven cities in two regions: Wuppertal, Sprockhövel, Hattingen, Essen, Heiligenhaus, Velbert and Wülfrath. The flat route over the old railway lines enables fast times with a high-quality sightseeing factor. Sometimes it is through the countryside, sometimes through the city.

start und route

Can be found at the Mirker station – you will first run over the fast asphalt of the northern railway route. Through tunnels and over small bridges below Lüntenbeck castle to Wuppertal Vohwinkel. On the way through Wülfrath you will leave the limestone works on the left and get a little hilly towards Velbert, where you will receive your first intermediate time.

From there it goes down the Niederbergbahnr. Through Heiligenhaus follow the route until you arrive in Essen Kettwig. In the western part of the city, you will cross the Ruhr to run upstream on the north side. The Ruhr cycle path changes to the banks of the river in Essen Werden, before you encounter the Baldeneysee. This is where the 50 km mark is and here you receive your second intermediate time.

It carries on along the Ruhr cycle path, which again crosses the lake on an old railway bridge to the north bank. Once again, the bank is changed. The main line goes through Hattingen and Sprockhövel. The third intermediate time is taken there am Wildhagen.

On the way to Sprockhövel, you will have to handle about 200 metres of cumulative elevation gain on a 14 km-long route. At the highest point, in the Schee tunnel, you will find the city boundary of Wuppertal. From here it is another 13 kilometres to the finish. You cross over the roofs of the city via viaducts and again through the tunnel to the old Mirke station.

Time and money

  • Starting time: 07:00
  • Relay starting fee: 
    • € 85,- up until 31.12.2021
    • € 95,- up until 28.02.2022
    • € 105,- up until 18.04.2022
  • Minimum age: 20 
  • Showers and changing rooms with limited availability
  • Time limit: 15 hours 
  • Cut-off times:
    • 3.5 hours in Velbert, 
    • 7 hours in Essen, 
    • 10.5 hours in Hattingen
  • Your own bike support is possible (please register for refreshment and insurance)
  • Participant limit: 200 runners

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