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Hamburg plans to make the Marathon happen on September 13

By | Allgemein @en

The Haspa Hamburg Marathon is scheduled to go ahead on September 13 with both elite and mass races. The news was announced by the organizers at a press conference today where they also set out a comprehensive hygiene policy, based on international expertise. With these guidelines in place, it should be possible for 10,000 marathon runners and 4,000 participants in the half marathon to compete on September 13. If this does go ahead, given the current situation caused by the Corona virus, the race in Hamburg would most likely be the first significant international marathon to take place with an elite and mass field since the start of the pandemic. The event is a Gold Label road race, a distinction awarded by World Athletics, the governing body of international athletics.

“We are optimistic that the Haspa Hamburg Marathon will be started on 13 September. We have the plans and the infrastructure required. We will now make detailed plans together with the city to realize the race,“ said chief organizer Frank Thaleiser.

The Haspa Hamburg Marathon was originally planned for April 19 but, as with every other spring marathon, the event could not take place because of the Corona virus on the scheduled date. After discussion with the Hamburg city council the organizers postponed the event to September 13. Organizers said that the city supports their plans for the race in late summer.

Last week chancellor Angela Merkel met the presidents of Germany’s federal states and the decision was agreed that major events would not be permitted to take place until the end of October but exceptions to be allowed for events where contact tracing and adhering to hygiene regulations are possible. Individual federal states are also permitted to set their own regulations.

„I am looking very, very forward to this race. It was a frustrating situation when all events were cancelled. I stopped training for a while. But now there is a major gaol again,“ said Germany’s top marathon runner Philipp Pflieger, who features a personal best of 2:12:50 and competes for the club of the organizer LT Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Philipp Pflieger is not bothered by the fact that the Haspa Hamburg Marathon will be outside of the Olympic qualifying period, which restarts in December. „To be able to plan with a start at the Haspa Hamburg Marathon is really great news. We are all craving for competition,“ said Philipp Pflieger.

In Hamburg plans are for a drastically reduced elite field of probably around 30 athletes. This will be the only group standing together on the start line. The athletes will have to undergo testing for the Corona virus before the race and will only be drawn from certain countries, given the restricted travel situation. Participation by athletes from countries where the Corona virus poses a higher risk will not be allowed – neither in the elite nor in the mass field.

There will be no races for children or a relay race which was included in the event in the past years. Also removed from the overall programme are spectator grandstands and Hotspots along the course.

The Half Marathon and Marathon will have different start and finish lines. Runners in the Half Marathon will start their race in several groups between 8 and 0830 while the Marathon runners will get under way from 0930 and with a time window of just under two hours. Most of them will be in batches of 1,000 per starting group who will be sent on their way at roughly ten-minute intervals. The runners will assemble before the race in their predetermined groups in different halls of the Expo building. There and also later in the finish areas – a total of 120,00 square metres of the event area will be available to the organizers and under their control and they will not allow spectators to enter – social distancing will be maintained. Disinfection stations will be set up both in the event area in general and along the course.

All participants will also be given a tubular scarf with a breathing filter. This must be worn in the event area including the start and finish areas. During the race runners must have these with them and put them over mouth and nose after they cross the finish line. No open drinks or individual food offerings will be available in the finish area; instead all participants will receive a refuelling package. Other facilities which are usually on offer, such as massage and showers, will not be available.

According to the organizers, this detailed hygiene policy has been created with the help of the University of Manchester Metropolitan (Crowd Managing). This university department in Britain is working with a number of major international marathon races as well as the Premier League and the German Football Federation (DFB).

“The organizational and hygiene policy should demonstrate that a running event with up to 14,000 participants within a city environment can be carried out responsibly while respecting the restrictions on contact and current hygiene guidelines since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Frank Thaleiser.

Event preparations for 13. September are proceeding – sanitation concept forthcoming

By | Allgemein @en

Dear participants,

Preparations for the 35th Haspa Marathon Hamburg, which is scheduled for September 13, 2020, are continuing at full speed. Even the extension of the basic ban on major events until the end of October, which was decided last Wednesday by the German government and the Minister Presidents, does not change this, especially since, viewed in a differentiated manner, this does not mean at all, that the Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2020 has been cancelled. In addition, in recent weeks, we have developed a comprehensive organisational and hygiene concept, which is now completed and takes into account the guidelines for containing the Covid-19 pandemic, which are still valid. This concept has been submitted to the State Sports Office of the City of Hamburg. On Tuesday, June 23rd we will present it to the public and therefore to you as well. Until then, we ask for your patience and hope that you will continue to support us in our efforts to successfully implement the 35th Haspa Marathon Hamburg on September 13.

Many thanks and yours in sport
Your Haspa Marathon Hamburg Team

#Runyourownblueline on Sunday, 19 April

By | Allgemein @en

Dear runners, as a small motivation boost in times of the Coronavirus we have created the campaign #runyourownblueline for you and us. The idea: Anyone who wants to, can pass a run of any length on Sunday, April 19 in the spirit of the original Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2020 event date. It doesn’t matter whether you run the marathon, half marathon or over a 5-kilometre distance +/- X – be it on your home treadmill or your personal training track in the forest or the park nearby – there are no limits to your creativity and sporting ambition. Therefore, there will not be a result list or presentation afterwards. The main thing is anyway, that you keep the given minimum distance of 1.5 meters to others during the run in the public area, which hopefully will not be completely closed. To visually support the action you can download a digital bib number HERE, print it out and attach it to your chest for the run. We would be very happy if you actively support this special event on Sunday, 19 April. Published pictures and documents of your run via a run app on your social networks are very welcome – if you do so, please make sure to mention the hashtag #runyourownblueline as well as @haspamarathonhamburg – thank you! Please stay healthy and fit! Yours in sport Your Haspa Marathon Hamburg Team

Reopening of the 2020 registration on Easter Monday

By | Allgemein @en

Now that the 2020 event date has been fixed for 13 September, we will also restart the online registration on Easter Monday, 13 April. This applies to the marathon competition as well as to the half-marathon and relay competitions, which actually have been fully booked up to now. There have been and still are returns from participants who cannot start on September 13th. Therefore, these returns will be offered again as free contingents from April 13th on, at least to a manageable extent.

We would be pleased to attract participants who have not been able to participate so far.

Yours in sport
Your Haspa Marathon Hamburg Team

35th Haspa Marathon Hamburg shifted to 13 September 2020

By | Allgemein @en

For the first time Germany’s biggest spring marathon will not take place in spring. The 35th edition of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, which was suspended a good two weeks ago due to the coronavirus pandemic, will be postponed to Sunday, 13 September 2020.

“We are firmly convinced that it is realistic to hold the event at this new time, even though essential organisational conditions, especially due to the corona epidemic and new findings on the health protection of participants expected by then, will be different from those that have been usual up to now”, explains Chief Organiser Frank Thaleiser.

Hamburg’s Sports Senator Andy Grote adds: “The new date for the Haspa Marathon is also an optimistic signal: With good cooperation, a lot can be achieved in sport even in difficult times. Sport is a role model here. I would like to thank the organizer, the police and all other participants for their professional work”.

After the appointment has been made, the classic organisational system is now back in operation, with numerous additional subject areas and tasks, particularly with regard to prevention measures and hygiene regulations.

It is therefore unclear whether the Youth and Children’s Race Das Zehntel can be organised within the framework of the new event date or on a separate date. “In this situation, which is not only completely different in terms of dates, we must also put some things we have grown fond of to the test and plan step by step. Basically, however, our concern is that the social significance and role of sport at the competition level should also be kept in view, if not at the moment then at least in perspective. We receive a lot of confirmation and support here, from a large number of our participants, our partners and not least the City of Hamburg, which provides us with excellent support from all administrative bodies, above all the State Sports Office and Sports Senator Andy Grote, for which we are extremely grateful. Our special thanks also go to Karsten Schölerman (BMS die Laufgesellschaft mbH), who, despite organizing his own event on September 13th at the same time, accepted our request to relocate the Haspa Marathon Hamburg”.

Event is skipped – coordination for shifting ist underway

By | Allgemein @en

On Thursday, 12 March, the Hamburg health authorities officially ordered to prohibit all events with more than 1,000 participants in Hamburg for the time being up to and including 30 April.

As a result, the 35th Haspa Marathon Hamburg unfortunately will not to take place as planned on April 19, 2020. The same applies to Das Zehntel on April 18.

However, this does not mean a final cancellation of the event. We are currently making every effort to find an alternative date for the event in 2020 and are in contact with all relevant authorities in the city. In view of the current situation regarding the Corona crisis, this process will take at least until the end of March.

As soon as there are any conclusive changes, we will inform you proactively. Accordingly, we ask you to refrain from enquiries regarding the development of the event.

Many thanks and with sporting greetings on behalf of the entire Haspa Marathon Hamburg Team

Homiyu Tesfaye will start at the Elite on 19 April

By | Allgemein @en

The elite starting list of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2020 continues to take shape. Following the recent confirmation of the two previous year’s winners Dibabe Kuma and Tadu Abate and last year’s runner-up Ayele Abshero (all three from Ethiopia) as well as the German running twins Debbie and Rabea Schöneborn, Homiyu Tesfaye has now also announced his start in Germany’s largest spring marathon. The middle distance specialist from Frankfurt with Ethiopian roots is thus the second German top athlete after Philipp Pflieger to start in the elite field on April 19. Since 2012 Tesfaye has been able to record considerable competition successes in the 1,500 metres and 10.00 metres, including several German championship titles. At his first and so far only marathon competition in September 2019 in his hometown, he fell short of his own expectations. The 26-year-old has ambitious goals for his start in Hamburg: “I am very much looking forward to my start in Hamburg. I have heard that it is an impressive city with great spectators and a fast course in a great setting. I will do my best and hope that in the end it will even be enough to get an Olympic ticket”.

Chief organizer Frank Thaleiser adds: “Homiyu has considerable potential for a great marathon career. We are very pleased to have him at the start in Hamburg and to be able to contribute to his development into a successful long-distance runner by providing good conditions”.
For optimal preparation, Homiyu Tesfaye will be training in an altitude training camp near the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa from now until shortly before the event weekend.

11,000 – yet three months to go!

By | Allgemein @en

Somehow fitting that with yesterday’s Sunday, three months to the day before the event, the mark of 11,000 marathon registrations was cracked. Maybe it was due to you, who want to be there and once again take part in the history of the event, or maybe it was due to the top weather conditions that brought a touch of spring. Probably it was a little bit of everything. Anyway, we are happy about the current figures and are curious about the small milestones we will set together in the next three months until the 35th edition of Germany’s biggest spring marathon. For the moment we just say: Thank you! …and wish you all a good run.

Haspa Marathon Hamburg

Marathon competition: nearly 11,000 start slots booked – price change approaches

By | Allgemein @en

The main competition – Marathon – of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg has recorded just under 11,000 registrations (5% more than in the same period of the previous year) and is thus on the verge of changing to the last price level.
The last 100 starting places in the price category – €90 per starting place – are currently on offer. Those who decide on the spur of the moment should hurry up. When the 11,000 mark is reached, the entry fee increases by 8,-€.

For registration please click HERE

In addition, we also set another impressive record. For Das Zehntel, the children and youth run as part of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg weekend, more than 2,500 entries were received on the first day of registration (15 January). With 10,000 starting places, what is now the largest youth run in Germany was already fully booked last year and, given current developments, is expected to be so again. Three runs – two for primary schools and one for secondary schools – are on the agenda for the competition on Saturday, 18 April. The course will run in the proven manner over 4.2 kilometres around Hamburg Messe and through the nearby park Planten un Blomen.
Further information is available at: daszehntel.de

10,500!

By | Allgemein @en

The new year is still young, so – a little late – a good, successful and healthy 2020 to all runners!
10,500 marathon starting slots have already been booked – a nice start into the new sports year – we say thank you very much and wish everyone that the good (running) intentions, whether old or new, will last for a long time.

For registration please go to HERE