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Olympic Marathon Champion Stephen Kiprotich will run in Hamburg

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


333 teams registered for Women’s Race

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The first 333 female teams have entered the Women’s Race at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. This means that the first price level is now officially sold out. Registartion continues tomorrow with the second price level. Here, the next 333 teams have the chance to sign up for 100,- Euro per team.

This year we are celebrating the first ever Women’s Race at the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. The race consists of two female runners that split the marathon distance and cover half of it each. You and your runner friend want to be part of this exciting premiere and explore Hamburg together?

Then sign up now  – you can find the registration here (note: registartion opens TOMORROW!)

Women’s Race: First price level almost sold out!

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Attention: The first price level for the premiere of the Women’s Race as part of this year’s Haspa Marathon Hamburg is almost sold out!

Only 10 start slots remain at the lowest registration fee of 90,- Euro! So be fast and make sure you and your friend save on the entry fee!

For more race info and to sign up, click here.

This year we have added the Women’s Race to our event portfolio and it will be part of the 32nd Haspa Marathon Hamburg. The Women’s Race is a team event in which two female runners share the marathon by each running half of the distance.

The course of the Women’s Race follows the Haspa Marathons Hamburg race course and will lead you past the most beautiful sights of Hamburg. Become a part of 25.000 athletes in Hamburg and enjoy the magnificent atmosphere in the city!

The Women’s Race: You and your friend. One of the most beautiful cities in the world. The largest sporting event in spring. Master the marathon together and have twice the fun by only running half of it!



2nd GET READY training for Haspa Marathon Hamburg is in the books!

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Getting closer to our goal, the Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2017 with every run. That is the motto of our training series “Get Ready 2017”. This Sunday we met up with around 150 runners and our Laufwerk Hamburg coaching staff to run around the Alster.

The temperatures might have been at an all-time low, yet many enthusiastic runners came to tackle the Sunday long jog together. For everbody it was a great chance to run, chat and exchange running experience on the way to the next marathon in Hamburg. Mizuno was also present and offered a shoe test – after all, running shoes are the runner’s most important training tool. Runner’s World was also part of the organizing committee and responsible for the small photo gallery, which you can view here.

The next Sunday long run of our Haspa Marathon Hamburg participants will be on 19 February 2017 at the Elbe. You can already access details in our Facebook-Event and Runner’s World.

Photo: Heinrich Anders, Runner’s World Germany

Happy New Year Sale

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The Marathon Hamburg Online Shop is back from winter break with a special New Year Sale!

Starting 9th January through 19th January 2017 all the bottoms from our official Haspa Marathon Hamburg merchandising collection  are only 30,- Euros!

The Happy New Year Sale lasts only for 10 days, so do not hesitate and check it out now! All offers are valid through 19th January but only as long as stock lasts. Find our Marathon Hamburg Online Shop here.