The title of the dissertation points towards running and the spirituality which can be experienced.The subtitle deals with the respective leitmotifs. In the sense of a cultural ecology, the relations between the human body and the experience of spirituality are highlighted. The contemporary running movement is embedded in societal developments, which are mirrored in many myths, hopes and phantasies. Since the 1960s, the human ability to run has been rediscovered by a considerable amount of people, which led to running becoming a mass phenomenon. The different purposes and meanings which are reflected in the current running movement are not necessarily equal to those included in competitive sports. Thus, ‘endurance running is far more than just a physiologically useful form of training. The idea of being able to experience spirituality while running has been foregrounded and also facilitated the emergence of a mass movement. The leitmotif ‘spirituality has become more and more relevant. Therefore, the new running movement has shown that many people are starting to experience the manifold potentials of their body, which is used to find meaning, experience oneself and gain self-consciousness. Additionally, people develop the necessary skills to create new and changed living conditions. Runners have found ways to establish themselves in their environment and to organize their lives into something meaningful. One chapter of this dissertation deals with empirical research. The main goal was to work on the actions of runners and to look into their motivation. A main finding of this research was that running allows runners to find a certain part of their lives that allows them to get back to nature. The daily routine therefore gains additional elements which make it tolerable. With nature itself, the own nature also flourishes.