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On Wednesday, 1 June, after a two-year break due to the coronavirus pandemic, well over 1,000 people gathered again on Martin-Schmeißer-Platz, the central square on the university’s campus, to compete in the Campus Run or cheer on the participants. A new track record was set over the men’s 10-kilometer distance.
After rain showers at the beginning of the event at 5 p.m., it remained dry almost throughout so that conditions were good for the runners taking part. Around 1,000 spectators gathered along the route during the afternoon and evening, and 1,250 people in total took part in the races. The second largest team after TU Dortmund University was Helmholtz School in Dortmund, which formed 50 relay teams with 200 runners. The next largest team was from Dortmund University of Applied Sciences.
With around 400 registered participants, the most popular discipline, the 5-kilometer run, was opened by Professor Manfred Bayer, President of TU Dortmund University, who was pleased that the Campus Run could take place again. Lorenz Rix (TU Dortmund University, 18:08 minutes) and Lara Kiene (18:28 minutes) won. Jonathan Dahlke (University of Cologne, 31:42 minutes) and Alexandra Lang (39:33 minutes) were the fastest runners over the 10-kilometer distance – in the men’s race this even meant a new track record, which was previously held by Hendrik Pfeiffer, a student at TU Dortmund University.
The fastest in the 2.5-kilometer run were Jan Bily (9:12 minutes) and Karlotta Jule Kranz (10:07 minutes). The fastest team in the relay race was “Tri-Geckos Dortmund”: Niklas Simon Spinczyk, Jan Bily and Luis Austinat completed the 4 x 2.5 kilometers in 36:09 minutes. Joel Cetra (1:09 minutes) and Maike Drewenskus (1:22 minutes) won the Math Tower Run, which involves climbing the 220 steps of the highest building at TU Dortmund University. In the Kids Run, Moritz Frye and Johanna Zwinkau were the first to cross the finishing line after 600 meters.
The Student Council of the Department of Statistics had the best costume
This year, too, the search was on for the Campus Champs: The challenge consists of a triple event of Math Tower Run, 5-kilometer run and 10-kilometer run. Lorenz Rix and Arianna Nicole Cáceres Neira secured the title. The prize for the best group costume went once again to the Student Council of the Department of Statistics: Five students completed the 2.5-kilometer run dressed as Gameboys and Tetris blocks.
“It was great, after two digital versions during the pandemic, to finally be able to stage the Campus Run as a big event on site again,” said Christoph Edeler, Head of University Sports. “The teams of TU Dortmund University also delivered a fantastic performance in the NRW Uni Running Cup: For example, six members of TU Dortmund University were among the eight fastest runners over 10 kilometers.” To make the Campus Run possible, 35 helpers began setting up at 9 a.m.
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is “Dortmund-Eichlinghofen” (closer to South Campus), and from B 1 / A 40 “Dortmund-Dorstfeld” (closer to North Campus). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from North Campus to South Campus by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at North Campus and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station (“Dortmund Universität”). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station (“Dortmund Hauptbahnhof”) and Düsseldorf main station via the “Düsseldorf Airport Train Station” (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 15 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station “Stadtgarten”, usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At “Stadtgarten” you switch trains and get on line U42 towards “Hombruch”. Look out for the Station “An der Palmweide”. From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop “Dortmund Kampstraße”. From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop “Dortmund Wittener Straße”. Switch to bus line 447 and get off at “Dortmund Universität S”.
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on North Campus. One (“Dortmund Universität S”) is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the “Technologiepark” and (via South Campus) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at North Campus and offers a direct connection to South Campus every five minutes.
The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent “Technologiepark”.