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You and your best friend at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg

By | Allgemein @en

For ladies only: You want to experience the Haspa Marathon Hamburg without running for over 26 miles? No problem, get your girl friend and sign up for the Women’s Race on 23 April 2017.

The Women’s Race is celebrating its premiere this year and is a team event for female runners only. Two runners cover the marathon distance by running approximately half of it each. That way, you don’t have to be marathon-ready yet yoiu can still experience the one of a kind atmopshere in Hamburg.

The Women’s Race starts and ends as part of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, Germany’s largest spring marathon. Get ready to run half the way but have twice the fun!

To sign up, click here.


By | Allgemein @en

Ahoi Hamburg! This year, our official supplier Mizuno is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its beloved running shoe Wave Rider and its technology. Just in time for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg Mizuno has launched an exclusive design of the Wave Rider for Hamburg. A must-have for all fans of the Hansestadt Hamburg!

Learn more about the shoe and store locations on its official website  Mizuno Wave Rider Hamburg (in German)

You will have the chance to purchase the Wave Rider Hamburg edition on the Marathon Hamburg Expo on Friday, April 21st and Saturday, April 22nd 2017 at our merchandise stand!

Check out the Mizuno Wave Rider Hamburg-Seite here.

März-Special im Online-Shop

By | Allgemein @en, Shop

Neuer Monat, neues Angebot! Im März haben wir den schwarzen MIZUNO Zip-Hoodie aus der offiziellen Haspa Marathon Hamburg-Kollektion im Angebot. Vom 01.03.-31.03.2017 kostet dieser im Online-Shop nur 25,- Euro statt 35,00 Euro!

Das Teil hat Lieblingspulli-Potenzial, also sichert euch gleich einen in eurer Größe! Das Angebot gilt nur solange der Vorrat reicht!

Den Marathon Hamburg Online-Shop findet ihr hier.

Jessica Augusto targets Rosa Mota’s record in Hamburg

By | Allgemein @en

Jessica Augusto will have her sights set on record-breaking when she stands on the start line of the Haspa Hamburg Marathon on April 23. It’s a record with special significance for the Portuguese runner on Hamburg’s fast course because Augusto will be going for the Portuguese national record, still in the possession of Rosa Mota. The latter is a running legend, winner of the Olympic Marathon in Seoul in 1988, who set the national record of 2:23:29 in Chicago in 1985. Portugal’s tradition in producing world class women distance runners has continued but none has since succeeded in beating that time. Jessica Augusto’s participation along with a number of elite women was announced in a press conference by the Haspa Hamburg Marathon organisers today. They join an elite field which already includes Stephen Kiprotich, the men’s Olympic Marathon champion from Uganda. 13,800 runners have so far entered the race on April 23.

Augusto is 35 and brings plenty of experience to the Haspa Hamburg Marathon. She made her marathon debut six years ago, finishing seventh in London with 2:24:33, improving her time to 2:24:25 in 2014 in finishing sixth in the same race. Consistency has been a keynote of her marathon career so far: she proved it in the greatest test of all, finishing sixth in the Olympic Marathon in London in 2012 and won a bronze medal at the European Championships in Zurich two years later.

On the European scene she can be relied upon to reap a rich harvest of medals and not only on the road. In 2010 she was second in the 10,000m at the European Championships as well as taking bronze in the 5,000m at the same competition. At the inaugural European Half Marathon Championships in Amsterdam last year, Augusto won the bronze medal. „We are happy that Jessica Augusto has chosen the Haspa Hamburg-Marathon for attacking the Portuguese record and we will support her as best as possible,“ said race organiser Frank Thaleiser.

One of Augusto’s strongest rivals on the current elite list could well be a debutant at the distance: 33 year-old Viola Kibiwot will be making her marathon debut in the race beside the River Elbe but the Kenyan has been a prominent name on the distance running scene on the track for some years. The highlights of her career so far have been fourth place in the 5,000m at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow and repeating that position two years later in Beijing. She also finished sixth at the same distance in the 2012 Olympics in London. She achieved success early in her career, twice winning the junior title at the World Cross Country Championships.

She credits the Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge as her inspiration, living and training in the same training camp. It was Kipchoge who recommended the Haspa Hamburg Marathon for her debut at the distance. He took the same route in his marathon career, making his debut in 2013 and running 2:05:30 which remains the men’s course record.

Viola Kibiwot has never run further than 13 kilometres in competition but her performances at the shorter distances suggest she could have a big future at the marathon, including a best of 31:11 for 10km on the road.

Among the women’s elite field are the Brazilian Adriana da Silva, whose best is 2:29:17 and Ethiopia’s Megertu Ifa, who has run 2:29:45. The leading German runner is likely to be Mona Stockhecke with a personal best of 2:31:30.

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Olympic Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich will run in Hamburg

By | Allgemein @en

For the first time in the history of the Haspa Hamburg Marathon an Olympic Marathon champion will be on the start line of the elite field: Stephen Kiprotich will be a star attraction on April 23 in Hamburg. The Ugandan caused a sensation when he surprised the favourites to win the Olympic gold in London in 2012, promoted to sporting superstar status overnight in his home country. A year later Kiprotich added to his tally of gold medals in winning the World Marathon title in Moscow. The 27-year-old continued to show his appetite for championship running by finishing sixth in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. Meanwhile he also improved his own national record to 2:06:33 when finishing second in the Tokyo Marathon.

Although Stephen Kiprotich has won two major global titles, victory in a big city marathon is one achievement missing so far in his running portfolio. He did win the Enschede marathon in 2011 with 2:07:20 but success in Hamburg would be of a different order.

Another leading contender has also been announced and that is Tsegaye Mekonnen. The 21-year-old Ethiopian is considerably faster than the Olympic champion Kiprotich with his best of 2:04:32, achieved on his sensational marathon debut in Dubai in 2014. His performance was the fastest ever by a junior, though remains an unofficial world record since the world governing body of the IAAF does not recognise junior records in the marathon.

After a strong showing to finish third in Dubai a year ago with 2:04:46, he suffered setbacks in his next two races, failing to finish in Berlin in September and coming in tenth in 2:11:54 on his return to Dubai. Hamburg offers him, still in the early stages of his marathon career, the chance to regain his place in the top flight. At his best, Tsegaye and his rivals would have their eyes set on the course record which stands at 2:05:31.

The Kenyan duo of Joel Kimurer and Robert Chemosin is likely to offer strong opposition to Stephen Kiprotich and Tsegaye Mekonnen. Last November Kimurer won the Seoul Marathon in 2:08:07, the 29-year-old narrowly missing his personal best of 2:07:48. In the spring of 2016 he won the Vienna City Marathon in 2:09:48, running into a strong head wind for much of the race.

The race organiser Frank Thaleiser has a simple explanation why high quality athletes continue to run in Hamburg, despite the relatively small budget for elite runners of 300,000 Euro: “The top runners don’t come to Hamburg because of the money because our prize money is hardly among the biggest out there. They come because we, in partnership with Global Sports Communication, can offer them perfect conditions. These include a strong field overall, top pacemakers and a first class service for them in terms of the race and build-up. The course in the city beside the River Elbe is one of the fastest in the world and, if the weather is favourable, very fast times are part and parcel of the event.”

So far 13,000 runners have entered the race on April 23. “That’s around the same number as this time last year,” said Frank Thaleiser. “We’re delighted with the way the event is developing and plan to set a limit of 16,000 starters in the marathon in future to improve the logistics of event organisation still further,” said Thaleiser.

Volunteer at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg

By | Allgemein @en

We are looking for volunteers at the 32nd Haspa Marathon Hamburg! If you wish to join our team and support the 25.000 runners on 23 April 2017 you can now regsiter as a volunteer for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg.

Please find the different job descriptions here! All helpers will be rewarded. You can find the registartion form in the “Helfer” section of our webpage.

We are looking forward to your application!

February Special in the Online Shop

By | Allgemein @en

New month, new deals! We understand you can not spend so much time on the cozy sofa during marathon training, so we have something to make up for that. During the month of February you can buy the cuddely Mizuno Haspa Marathon Hamburg hoodie for only 25.00 € in our Marathon Hamburg Online Shop.

The offer is valid from 1 February through 28 February 2017 and only as long as stock lasts.

So be quick and get your sweater!


World Champion vs. World record holder: Male elite field is announced

By | Allgemein @en

Hamburg, 1 February 2017. During today’s press gathering the first big names of the elite field at the 32nd Haspa Marathon Hamburg were announced. The two top favourites are world championship winner (2013) and Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich from Uganda and junior world record holder Tsegaye Mekonnen from Ethiopia.

The 22-year old Mekonnen enters the race with the fastest personal best any runner at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg ever had coming in. His PB is set at 2:04:31 from 2014, when he won the Dubai Marathon and set the junior world marathon record at age 19. In Hamburg he will face fierce competition. For the first time in the history of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, an Olympic marathon champion will be running the streets of the city. Back in 2012 Stephen Kiprotich was the first athete from Uganda to win Olympic gold. In the following year he also won the world championships title in Moscow. This year in Hamburg is will look to smash his PB of 2:06:33 and run sub 2:06.

Who will become the next Hamburg champion? We will find out on 23 April 2017!

This is the male ELITE FIELD 2017:

  1. Stephen Kiprotich                           UGA/1989          2:06:33
  2. Tsegaye Mekonnen                       ETH/1995            2:04:32
  3. Guye Adola                                       ETH/1990            debut
  4. Limenih Getachew                         ETH/1990            2:06:49
  5. Joel Kimurer                                      KEN/1988            2:07:48
  6. Robert Chemosin                            KEN/1989            2:08:05
  7. Japhet Kosgei                                   KEN/1988            2:08:08
  8. Gilbert Masai                                    KEN/1981            2:09:49
  9. Joshua Kipkorir                                KEN/1994            2:09:50
  10. Stanley Koech                                  KEN/1985            2:10:58
  11. Reuben Maiyo                                 KEN/1991            debut

This is your Finisher-Shirt 2017

By | Allgemein @en

We proudly present: The Haspa Marathon Hamburg Finisher-Shirt 2017!

The finisher shirt is part of the official Haspa Marathon Hamburg Merchandising collection by our official partner Mizuno and can be ordered for 26.00 € (incl. VAT) in your registration process.

The unisex shirt is available in three different designs, depending on the race you are participating (marathon, marathon relay, Women’s Race) in size XS – XL. If you missed to book it during your registartion process, you can also reorder it via the contact form. Please send us your booking reference and your size.

There are also discounts available for marathon relay teams and Women’s Race teams – more infor in the RACE INFO under “merchandising” online shop.