The King Ludwig Race, founded in 1968, is the largest cross-country ski event in Germany and is held near Oberammergau and Ettal.
It is part of the Worldloppet and Euroloppet races, the cross-country series of the German Ski Association (DSV-Skilanglauf-Serie), and the Ski-Classics Series.
It starts on the first weekend in February and the destination is the sports centre in Oberammergau. The main distances are 50 km and 23 km for classic cross-country skiers (Sunday) and the skate skiing technique (Saturday), and what is called the “Mini Kini” over 5 km for children between the age of 6 and 14. There are also the world championships in cross-country skiing for doctors and pharmacists over 23 and 50 km. The route starts in Ettal and runs through the Graswang Valley, past Linderhof Palace and back through the Graswang Valley towards the destination in Oberammergau.