Running and swimming are two types of individual sport at Salem that have a long tradition. Today, the Lower and Middle School pupils at Salem also start their day during the summer months with the early-morning run around the castle at Hohenfels or through the castle grounds at Salem, just as they did almost 100 years ago. The run at Salem on the Day of Prayer and Repentance, called the "Buß- und Bettagslauf", the badges for the Hohenfels Run and the Hohenfels-Härlen Run at the end of the school year are characteristic features of boarding-school life. And almost the entire school is in the water during the 24-hour swimming event that takes place once a year.
These locations are beautifully situated in the midst of nature and all the pupils are therefore able to practice their varied, individual, running programme during their free time directly outside their rooms. The children are familiarised with the various different rounds during their sport lessons; the pupils who are particularly interested and keen on running can join the running teams which practice once a week and prepare for the locally organised, running competitions over 5 km, 10 km or even the half-marathon or marathon distance. In the past, Salem students who have taken part in the Marathons in Zurich or Freiburg and in the 'Pfahlbautenmarathon' have also had successful results.
In addition, the pupils at Hohenfels can take their bronze, silver or gold badge for running every year. The Middle School children in Salem traditionally round off their 'early-morning run' season with the 7.2 km long run, called the "Buß- und Bettagslauf" on the Day of Prayer and Repentance, and at the College, in addition to the well-known Hödinger Round that puts the endurance of the College students to the test every year, there is also the finish of the Hohenfels-Härlen Run which the Salem students run through together as the symbolic completion of their school career at Schule Schloss Salem.
The second main individual sport is swimming. It keeps the sport enthusiasts fit, improves their health and serves as an ideal combination of strength and endurance training, and since it is easy on the joints, it is additionally recommendable for every age group and body weight.
Subsequently, the pupils at Salem, and particularly those at the Middle School, have no way of getting round the splashy enjoyment of this sport, either, which takes place in at least one of the 6 epochs of a school year. However, other swimming times are additionally offered in the afternoons or evenings, and also for the School Swimming Team. At Hohenfels there is a Swimming Group, and at the College there is a normal training course for students who are interested, as well as a school swimming team which takes part in competitions.