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Registartion ends tomorrow at midnight

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The registartion for the 32nd Haspa Marathon Hamburg ends tomorrow on Thursday 23 March 2017. You have until midnight to sign up. Also, start slots for the premiere of the Women’s Race which will be part of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg are still available. To register for one of our events, click here.

 

Both of London’s Olympic Champions will run in Hamburg: Tiki Gelana completes the package

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Both Olympic Marathon champions from London 2012 will be on the start line for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on April 23: after Stephen Kiprotich’s participation was confirmed last month, Tiki Gelana has completed the duo by confirming her entry for Germany’s biggest spring Marathon. Their presence represents an unprecedented quality in Hamburg’s elite field since never before has one Olympic gold medallist competed here. In terms of the overall field, at present more than 15,000 runners have entered for the 32nd edition. Places remain available and registration can be made by going to the website: www.haspa-marathon-hamburg.de

„This is probably the best elite field in the history of the races which began more than 30 years ago. The strong elite fields and the current entry figures promise a great Haspa Marathon Hamburg,“ said race organiser Frank Thaleiser.

Tiki Gelana’s national record of 2:18:58 makes her the fastest woman runner to have entered the Haspa Marathon Hamburg by a considerable margin since she is the first sub-2:20 performer to compete. In 2011 and 2012 she was unbeaten over the classic distance. After winning in Amsterdam, Gelana, who is now 29, won the Rotterdam title and set the current Ethiopian record. This sequence of success was crowned by her Olympic triumph in London.

Her personal best in Rotterdam in 2012 makes her the fourth fastest woman marathon runner of all time. In 2016 she suffered setbacks and the fast course of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg offers a good platform to show her true capabilities once more. Her strongest rivals on April 23 are likely to be Jessica Augusto of Portugal and possibly the Kenyan Viola Kibiwot who is making her debut at the distance.

The participation of the men’s Olympic champion Stephen Kiprotich of Uganda, whose best is 2:06:33, and Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Mekonnen has been known for some time. Mekonnen’s personal best of 2:04:32 makes him the fastest man ever on the Hamburg start list. Two more talented Ethiopian runners have now been added to the mix: Tsegaye Kebede, the 2008 Olympic bronze medallist and Tadesse Tola. Kebede’s impressive career so far includes victories against high quality fields in London and Chicago. He ran his personal best of 2:04:38 in winning Chicago and has broken 2:06 on three other occasions. At 29, Tola is one year younger and won a bronze medal in the 2013 World Championship marathon. He ran his best time of 2:04:49 in finishing third in Dubai in 2013.

Another athlete to watch should be Eric Ndiema who is making a return to Hamburg. The 24-year-old Kenyan has a good pedigree in the race, finishing second here in 2:07:00 in 2014. His current best is 2:06:07. A total of six athletes who have run under 2:07 are now on the start list for the April 23 race and that includes a trio who have broken 2:05. A clear sign that this is the best quality field ever assembled in the history of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg.

Selected elite athletes with personal bests:

Men:
Tsegaye Mekonnen ETH 2:04:32
Tsegaye Kebede ETH 2:04:38
Tadesse Tola ETH 2:04:49
Eric Ndiema KEN 2:06:07
Stephen Kiprotich UGA 2:06:33
Limenih Getachew ETH 2:06:49
Joel Kimurer KEN 2:07:48
Ernest Ngeno KEN 2:07:49
Robert Chemosin KEN 2:08:05
Japhet Kosgei KEN 2:08:08
Jose Antonio Uribe MEX 2:08:55
Tujuba Megersa ETH 2:09:28
Gilbert Masai KEN 2:09:49
Joshua Kipkorir KEN 2:09:50
Philipp Pflieger GER 2:12:50

Women:
Tiki Gelana ETH 2:18:58
Jessica Augusto POR 2:24:25
Adriana da Silva BRA 2:29:17
Megertu Ifa ETH 2:29:45
Mona Stockhecke GER 2:31:30
Viola Kibiwot KEN Debut

“GET READY” Marathon prep training is done!

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Thanks to you all for being part of the group training sessions preparing runners for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg! It was a pleasure to be part of your road to Hamburg 2017! Today our forth and final session of  “Get Ready 2017” took place in the hills of Hamburg-Harburg. It was rainy, cold and dirty – yet around 70 of you came to the Sunday long jog with our team and partners. Special thanks to our friends from Runner’s World, Laufwerk Hamburg running store and Mizuno, who helped us organize the group training sessions.

See you again on your big day, 23 April 2017, runners!

Take care and happy running!

Next GET READY marathon training is on 19 march 2017!

By | Allgemein @en

You are invited to join our ‘GET READY’ marathon preparation training next Sunday, 19 March 2017!

It is our fourth and final group training session before the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on 23 April 2017. On this occasion we will meet in the Harburger Bergen to run about 30 kilometres. Entry is free to all and our coaches from the Laufwerk Hamburg will guide various pace groups through the trails.

Join the Sunday Long Jog with us and our partners Runner’s World, Mizuno Running and Laufwerk Hamburg! Here is all you need to know:

4. GET READY Training:

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017

When: Meet at 9.45 AM, start run by 10.00 AM

Where: Waldparkplatz Scharpenbargsweg opposite Falkenbergsweg 40
Course: 30 Kilometers (hilly!)

Please let us knwo if you plan on coming, so we can make adjustments!

Just email us a short notice to leserservice@runnersworld.de. Thanks and see you next Sunday!

 

You and your best friend at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg

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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.

MIZUNO WAVE RIDER 20 HAMBURG

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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

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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

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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.

Text by www.race-news-service.com