The Chronicle of the Int. Hundseck-mountain run
(js) The hour of birth of the international mountain run organized by TVB goes back to the 3rd of August 1977. During a board meeting of the club, the Runner Friedrich Kohler suggested to organize a mountain run.
After some discussion it was agreed to arrange a mountain run as a test, but stressed that the Mountain Running should be no rivalry for the “Volkslauf” which was also offered by TVB. Under the leadership of then-President Günther Hörth and “Volkslauf” organizer Fritz Brümmer, the 1st international mountain run was conducted on October the 30th 1977.
The route led by “Dr. Joseph Schofer-school” over the “Wasser-Stich” and “Streitweg” onto the target at the “Hundseck”. The track length was 8 km and the altitude difference 500m. 50 participants were at the start and the first mountain race winner in Bühlertal was Alfons Graf from Lauf. In the women’s competition the winner and only participant was Theresa Springer from Oberkirch.
At the 2nd International mountain run on 1st of October 1978, on the same route, 70 participants were already at the start. In those pioneering days of mountain running, this was a big field of participants. The track and the organization were praised by most of the athletes. The organizing team led by Günter Hörth believed that the mountain run in Bühlertal has now achieved permanency. But far from it, because the number of participants was declining, so that in the 4th International mountain run on the 12th of October 1980 only 25 participants had been at the start. Winner was Friedrich Kohler cofounder of Bühlertal’s mountain run.
After that landslide in the number of participants, the responsible persons at TV Bühlertal wanted to abandon the mountain run. But Jürgen Brügel, the then-press spokesman succeeded in convincing them to give the mountain run another chance. From the 5th International mountain run at 11th of October 1981 on, Jürgen Brügel took over the leadership of the organization team. With 50 entries the targeted number of 80 participants, that were required to come out even without financial losses, can not be achieved. Nevertheless, at TV Bühlertal people were happy. Especially since the event was supported by several sponsors, so that president Günter Hörth was able to hand over valuable prizes to the winners at the awards ceremony. But what was still lacking was the international participation.
At the 6th International mountain run on 3 October 1982, there were already 100 participants to face the starter Günter Hörth. The new route started at the “Breitmatt” parking, via “Haaberg” it went over to “Buchkopf” and from there on to “Schafhof” and the “Kappler Waldsstraße” to the finish at “Hundseck”. The track length was 11.500 meters at an altitude difference of 650 meters. Through donations from local shops, businesses and banks, it was again possible to hand over great prizes to the runners, and to reward the first three places with cash prizes.
The 7th International mountain run on 2 October 1983 was part of the German Mountain Running Trophy (Deutscher Berglaufpokal), the unofficial German championship. The German Mountain Running Trophy was launched, since in this relatively young discipline, there were no official German Mountain Running Championships. Winner and therefore unofficial German champion was the runner who has participated in six out of nine predetermined races all across Germany and has reached the best result by points in them. 142 participants could be sent on the track by starter Günter Hörth. The men’s competition was won by Manfred Jäger of TSV Endorf and women’s race was won by Elke Cagol of LSG Karlsruhe. The award ceremony took place in the new "house of guests". The interest of sponsors in the Bühlertal mountain run has been grown that much, so that it was affordable to hand over a wine present to each participant.