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Get your marathon shoe now!

By | Allgemein @en

Toady, June 1st people worldwide are celebrating  Global Running Day! There is no better way to share the love for the best sport in the world than getting into your running shoes and going for a run with a friend!

Ideally suiting Global Running Day, we have a special shoe-sale in our online shop. Get the Mizuno Wave Rider in the limited Haspa Marathon Hamburg edition for only €79,- ! The Mizuno Wave Rider is great for training and racing and will be a good campanion on your runs. We only have a fiew sizes left, so make sure to stop by our online shop now – follow here!

The offer is valid from June 1st to 30th 2016 and as long as stock lasts.

Hamburg Champion Abera set for Rio

By | Allgemein @en

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are getting closer and closer. This month, the world’s running nation Ethiopia has nominated its squad for the Olympic marathon race 2016. Ethiopian Tesfaye Abera, who won the 31st Haspa Marathon Hamburg will be leading his country’s team as the thrid fastest marathon runner in the world this year.

Abera clocked a 2:06:58 on a windy day in Hamburg, before setting a new personal best in Dubai in 2:04:23 earlier this year. Running the Haspa Marathon Hamburg secured his position as the Ethiopian favourite for the team selection, as the Dubai course is considered perfectly flat and almost straight and therefore easier to run. In Rio, Abera’s height of 192 cm alone will make sure he will stand out. His teammates Lemi Berhanu (winner of Boston Marathon) und Feyisa Lelisa (winner of Tokyo Marathon) will accompany him.

On the womens side, Meselech Melkamu, who had a fantastic race in Hamburg winning in 2:21:54 and smashing the course record was not selected. Competition is tough within the Ethiopian team and world champion Mare Dibaba, Aberu Kebede and Aselefech Mergia were selected ahead of Melkamu. 

May Special in our online shop

By | Allgemein @en

This month you can find a special offer in our online shop again. In May, we have product set by our partner Dextro Energy on sale for only €15,-€ (original value €20,-).

It is a great chance to test and find out the right sports nutrition product for your next race or training. The offer is valid until 31 May 2016 and as long as stock lasts. Find our online shop here.


Marathon Clips are all online now!

By | Allgemein @en

If you just can’t get enough of the fantastic marathon race weekend in Hamburg, you now have the chance to watch all the official event movie clips with highlights and interviews online on our webpage! In the VIDEOS section, you can also find all the previous Haspa Marathon Hamburg short movie-clips. Have fun!

The marathon online shop is back again!

By | Allgemein @en

Since last week our online shop is back from the marathon break. If you missed to get the official finisher shirt 2016  – this is your chance to get your marathon souvenir from Hamburg! Be quick, as all offers are valid only until stock lasts.

We also have the official merchandising collection by Mizuno on sale – so make sure to check it out online!  Find our online shop here.

Eliud Kipchoge wins 2nd title in London

By | Allgemein @en

2013 he ran his first ever marathon in Hamburg, now Eliud Kipchoge is the best marathon runner in the world. Since his debut at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, at which he set our course record in 2:05:30, he has one some of the major races on this planet: Rotterdam, Chicago, Berlin and now back-to-back at the London Marathon. Since yesterday, he is also the London Marathon course record holder in a winning time of 2:03:05. Even though he just missed the world record and stayed only 8 seconds above it, his finish time is going down as the second fastest in history at any marathon.

We are curious and excited to see where his career will take him next!

The official 2016 highlight aftermovie is out!

By | Allgemein @en

You can relive all your race day highlights in the official 31st Haspa Marathon Hamburg aftermovie! Find the video on our new youtube-channel MHV – We Run Hamburg.

Let the imagery take you back to the best moments of last Sunday and soak up all the positive vibes! Enjoy!

Today the next edition of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg is exactly 365 days away. Thank you for joining the marathon family in Hamburg this year and see you on the starting line again in 2017! Registration starts 23 June 2016.


Your Pictures by Marathon-Photos are online!

By | Allgemein @en

Now you can find your personal Haspa Marathon Hamburg photos for purchase on the website of our photo service partner Each participant was able to have a photo taken at the finish just before the finish refreshment station. Additionally, you can find your photos that were taken on many picture points along the course.

To access your photos, select the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Marathon-Photos and enter your name or bib number. Have fun going through your race day impressions in Hamburg!

Click here for Marathon-Photos.

Anja Scherl delivers fresh boost to Germany’s hopes for distance success

By | Allgemein @en

The success of Anja Scherl in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on Sunday is a refreshing reminder that an athlete, by virtue of their own application, support of those around them and ambition to represent their country, can combine high level training with a full-time job to achieve results which astonish even themselves.
By running 2:27:50 to finish third in Hamburg, Scherl took an astounding 8:41 off her previous best, set in the same race a year ago and made herself a virtual certainty when the German selectors announce their Olympic Marathon team for Rio in May. Her target beforehand had been to run under 2:30 and put herself in contention for a team place, but her performance on a day when strong winds made the latter stages far from easy was a further revelation in a year of impressive progression.

Having improved her marathon times from Hamburg 2014 by just over 20 minutes, the 30 year old Scherl is fast making inroads on the German long distance charts. The last time a German woman finished as high as third in Hamburg was 2009 and that was the former European champion Ulrike Maisch with the considerably slower time of 2:34:28.

Strong improvements in athletics can lead to suspicion these days, but the story of Anja Scherl’s rise points to commitment, ability and planning. Working 40 hours a week in a software company alongside such high level training demands skills of time management not only from Anja but her partner and coach, Marco. They have clearly found the right balance. While she can at times work from home, a regular working day entails getting up at 0545 and finishing work by 1600 before training.

The goals this year have been twofold, securing a place in the half marathon for the European Championships in Amsterdam in July, then fulfilling her dream of the Olympic Marathon.

“Last year I ran the “B” standard in Cologne for a team place in the European Championships but the competition is tough in Germany for team places so I was determined to keep my place. My target of running in the Europeans and wearing the national vest was my big dream, that was my motivation.”

She achieved that in style, benefitting from her first ever winter training camp by running a personal best of 71:11 in Barcelona on February 14 this year. This performance clearly indicated that a big improvement on her 2:36:31 from Hamburg last year was on the cards. She went with the early fast pace this year, preferring as before not to have a designated male pacemaker.
“Last year I found myself in a group which suited me in terms of pace so I went with them. This time was similar, there was always support from somewhere, a man would provide shelter from the wind. Sometimes I think people are too fixated about having a pacemaker assigned to them. I think it’s important to listen to your body.”

Such an approach is also the reality of championship marathons. Numerous women are capable of clocking fast times with male pacemakers in big city races, but some appear lost when faced by the reality of competition without pacers.
Having made a breakthrough with her personal best for the half marathon in Barcelona in February, the omens were good for a big improvement at the marathon in Hamburg.

“The signs were there in the build-up, following my half marathon, but I never imagined this kind of improvement.”
Her time of 2:27:50 also makes Anja Scherl the second fastest European woman in the marathon this year. She lacks nothing in incentive as she returns home to Bayreuth in northern Bavaria to resume training. The trip to Amsterdam for the European Championships is already booked but she’ll wait till the selection announcement before starting work on her Olympic Marathon plans.

Germany’s Arne Gabius has become a standard bearer for European marathon running in the past two years, breaking the national record with 2:08:33 in Frankfurt last October to give a strong indication that he could be a leading finisher in the marathon in Rio. Now Anja Scherl has provided the rest of Europe’s women with another fine example.

Text and interview by Race-News-Service

Meselech Melkamu breaks course record, Tesfaye Abera wins Hamburg

By | Allgemein @en

Ethiopia’s Meselech Melkamu smashed the course record by more than two minutes in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Finishing in 2:21:54 despite windy conditions she made a strong statement regarding the selection of Ethiopia’s marathon Olympic team. Fellow-Ethiopian and defending champion Meseret Hailu was second with 2:26:26 while Germany’s Anja Scherl caused an upset with a tremendous run for third place. Improving by more than eight minutes to 2:27:50 she has secured Olympic selection.

Ethiopia’s Tesfaye Abera took the men’s race in 2:06:58. Achieving his second marathon win this year after taking Dubai in a world lead of 2:04:23, he should gain selection for the Olympic team. Kenyans Philemon Rono and Josphat Kiprono followed in second and third with 2:07:20 and 2:10:44 respectively.

Women’s Race: Fast Pace from the Start

Meselech Melkamu dictated the pace together with the defending champion Meseret Hailu from the start with the Kenyan Sarah Chepchirchir pressing at their heels. That scenario came to an end just before 20km when Melkamu broke away in the style which reminded onlookers of her best performance of 2:21:01. She went through halfway in 71:04 and a 15 second lead over Hailu and Chepchirchir. Despite the strong headwind at times during the second half of the race, Melkamu maintained her pace and the pursuing duo were unable to cut the deficit. Meseret Hailu finished second in 2:26:26 but Chepchirchir faded to seventh place in 2:30:08.
“I think that without the wind I could have run under 2:20 today because it’s a fast course. This was one of the best performances of my career. I hope it will be enough to win Olympic selection,” said the 30 year old Meselech Melkamu, who is also the African record holder at 10,000m. She improved the course record by Netsanet Abeyo by 2:18 minutes. The fellow-Ethiopian ran 2:24:12 in 2012.

For much of the race Anja Scherl was in seventh place. Her objective from the start was to run the Olympic qualifying time for the German team. Her race splits showed she was on course to break 2:30 and the qualifying time was 2:30:30. But there was an added proviso – to be relatively sure of booking a trip to Rio, Anja Scherl had to run faster than Anna Hahner, who ran 2:30:19 in Berlin last autumn.

When she went through halfway in 73:57 in seventh place, Anja Scherl admitted she was startled: “I was really surprised by the time, even a little shocked. But until 32 kilometres I had no problems at all, it was a fantastic race for me,” said Scherl, who ran as Anja Schneider before her marriage. Even the strong headwinds over the second half failed to slow her pace. By 35 km she had improved to fifth, moving up two more places in the last five kilometres. “I still can’t believe yet that I’ve qualified for Rio,” said Anja Scherl, whose place in the Olympic Marathon team is now guaranteed. She took a giant slice off her personal best with an improvement of 8:41 minutes and became the eighth fastest German woman in the marathon of all time.

There was also good news further down the women’s field: Leila Luik ensured that Estonia would be sending all three sisters to the Olympic marathon after she ran 2:42:11. Her target had been to break her federation’s qualifying time of 2:45 which means she should now join her sisters Liina and Lily in the marathon squad.

Men’s Race: Times gone with the Wind

Wind was a strong factor as shown by the race splits and the way the men’s race developed. In the early stages a tail wind gave the leading group an extra boost between 7 and 15 kilometres, giving them a split time for the latter of 44:17 and on course for a finishing time of 2:04:30. The course record of 2:05:30, set by Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge three years ago, appeared to be in danger.

They couldn’t maintain this kind of pace consistently as headwinds began to blow strongly. The leading group comprising ten men reached halfway in 62:49 but by 30km the numbers were cut in half. This quintet consisted of four runners plus the Kenyan pacemaker Albert Kangogo and reached 30km in 1:29:29. The pacemaker then dropped out, leaving the outcome to be decided between Tesfaye Abera and Philemon Ron along with the Ethiopian Abayneh Ayele and Eritrea’s Yekeber Bayabel. It came down to a duel between the lanky Abera, 1.92m tall, and the diminutive Rono. After 35km the Ethiopian made a break but the Kenyan was back with him two kilometres later. The decisive attack came shortly before 40km when Abera attacked and Rono had no response.

“It was a good race for me. We ran in a big group and worked well together which led to very fast splits at the beginning. When I led later on, the wind was very strong,” said the 24 year old Tesfaye Abera. As far as his chances of Olympic selection were concerned, the Ethiopian, who is the fastest marathoner this year with his winning time of 2:04:23 in Dubai, commented: “What is important is that when the selectors decide, I am still the fastest Ethiopian.”


1. Tesfaye Abera ETH 2:06:58
2. Philemon Rono KEN 2:07:20
3. Josphat Kiprono KEN 2:10:44
4. Abayneh Ayele ETH 2:11:49
5. Merhawi Kesete ERI 2:12:21
6. Ezekiel Chebii KEN 2:12:45
7. Ivan Fernandez ESP 2:12:55
8. Abdelhadi El Hachimi BEL 2:13:10

1. Meselech Melkamu ETH 2:21:54
2. Meseret Hailu ETH 2:26:26
3. Anja Scherl GER 2:27:50
4. Monika Stefanowicz POL 2:28:26
5. Madai Perez MEX 2:29:27
6. Kelly Arias COL 2:29:36
7. Sarah Chepchirchir KEN 2:30:08
8. Adriana da Silva BRA 2:31:23