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update to event planning

By Allgemein @en

Dear participants,

The path back to a normality that at least comes close to the one we knew before the pandemic has begun. We all hope and rely on the fact that the cautious opening strategy that is currently being applied and implemented in many federal states – including Hamburg – and the associated hygiene measures will take effect, that the falling incidence will not abate and that further steps towards the approval of large (sports) events will follow, as long as their hygiene safety is guaranteed.

Unfortunately, we have not yet received a clear statement from the city’s social services department as to the pandemic situation – in which case the incidence (number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within the past seven days) is taken as a reference – at which an official event permit can be issued. We can therefore only assume that we can only expect a release from a single-digit incidence value.

We continue to be patient and optimistic and hope that you will remain so as well. As soon as we have valid news from the city, we will inform you immediately.

Sporty greetings
Your MHV Team

At least 500 active people ensure the success of #runyourowblueline 2

By Allgemein @en

The digital run #runyourownblueline 2.0 last Sunday was a great success. Not only because of the ideal running conditions, at least in Hamburg, with pure sunshine all day and temperatures of 20° Celsius at most. Rather, and above all, it was due to the 500 runners alone who were able to record their participation via app and then enter it in an official results list. We apologise once again that the app did not work for everyone at first and hope that all the results have been entered in the meantime.

To the results list 

However, we are happy about the lively participation, also nationwide and even internationally. In addition to more than 160 runners from Hamburg, there were numerous participants from the Frankfurt area, Kiel, Denmark, Norway and even Brazil. We would like to thank you all for your active participation and the sign that you have set in these difficult times for all of us: sporting competition, even if only digital, is possible under pandemic conditions and not only justifiable for society as a whole, but also worthy of support.

In this sense: stay healthy and optimistic!

Sporty greetings from the MHV team

Hygiene appeal for #runyourownblueline on Sunday

By Allgemein @en

Dear #runyourownblueline runners,

Sunday is the day. The digital competition #runyourownblueline goes into the second round. Digital is the order of the day, and that is first of all good in times like these. However, digital in the context of #runyourownblueline does not mean that the competition takes place entirely in virtual space. This only applies to its documentation. Each and every one of you will be running analogue and physically on Sunday, even if hopefully only for yourselves, regardless of whether it’s outside in nature, over several laps on the familiar and beloved training route or on the treadmill at home. In order for the competition to be a success for all of us and at all levels in the end, we would like to draw your attention once again – each and every one of you – to compliance with the applicable hygiene protection conditions and appeal here in particular to the runners from Hamburg to comply with the guidelines set out in the Hamburg SARS-CoV-2-Eindämmungsverordnung – HmbSARS-CoV-2-EindämmungsVO) (valid from 23 April 2021) https://www.hamburg.de/verordnung/. This means in particular that you should run alone if possible, i.e. not in groups, not in the usual conurbations (Alsterrunde, Elbstrand or similar) and also not at times of day when the public space is heavily frequented.
In addition, tomorrow, Saturday, you and all of us will be subject to the new federal regulation (emergency brake) that prohibits physical activity (sport) between 0:00 and 5:00. This means that on Sunday you can start the digital competition #runyourownblueline at 5:00 a.m. at the earliest and have to finish it by 11:59 p.m.
We wish you and all of us a successful run this coming Sunday!

Sporty greetings from the MHV team

#Runyourownblueline 2.0 – registration until 11. April

By Allgemein @en

On Sunday, 25 April, the virtual run #runyourownblueline will enter its second round. At the premiere last year on the day of the original Haspa Marathon Hamburg, many participants ran on a freely chosen route in their home environment and made the format a great joint success. For the second edition there are now decisive innovations and added values:

  • The run will have a real competitive character with online registration, your own start number, uniform tracking / timing via MIKA Timing APP and subsequent online results listing.
  • You can choose from three competitions – 10km, half marathon and marathon – the one that suits you best.
  • The entry fee is €10 to cover organisational costs.
  • The route and start time can be chosen freely between 0.00 and 23.59 hrs on Sunday, 25 April – the valid hygiene protection guidelines must be observed.
  • The first three in each age group (w/m) of each competition will win a free entry to one of our MHV events of their choice.
  • Attractive prizes will be raffled among all participants.

The registration deadline is 11 April 2021!

*IMPORTANT! Proof of participation on the Sunday of the event, 25 April, will only be provided by smartphone and by using a MIKA Timing APP – any tracking via smartwatches and/or other running APPs or other proof of performance will not be accepted.

Information about the APP will be available soon!

#runyourownblueline 2.0 – be there – we are looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, 25 April!

September 12, 2021 confirmed as new event date

By Allgemein @en

We have all had to wait a long time. After intensive and good discussions with the city of Hamburg, it is now official. The 35th Haspa Marathon Hamburg is to take place on September 12, 2021. This is what those responsible for the city have agreed with the organizer MHV. “We are very pleased that we now have far-reaching planning security and sufficient lead time to prepare the event professionally,” explains chief organizer Frank Thaleiser.

All participants who have already registered are currently being contacted and can transfer their registration to the new date in the fall or even the 2022 event via online inquiry or choose other forms of compensation.

In addition, online registration is now open again. There are still starting places available in all three competitions, although for organizational reasons the contingents are limited, especially in the Marathon and Relay Marathon competition. In the main competition, the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, a total of 8,000 starting places are available, for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg Relay the number of places is limited to 1,000 places with 4 participants each. For the Haspa Half Marathon Hamburg, a total of 4,000 starting places are available. All competitions were in high demand until the last minute.

To register for the competitions, click here:

Haspa Marathon Hamburg

Haspa Half-Marathon Hamburg

Haspa Marathon Hamburg Relay

Outlook for 2021

By Allgemein @en

Dear runners,

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas season and a good start into the year 2021. In these special days, the time of inner contemplation and winter rest is abruptly followed by that of old and new resolutions and an associated urge to set out. Not infrequently, this New Year’s euphoria gives way just as quickly to a certain disillusionment. The days are short, gray and wet or, in the best case, snowy. The good intentions are quickly gone, but the inner pig, on the other hand, is all the stronger. He prefers to stay in the warm instead of lacing up his running shoes.

This is certainly a cliché and some of you may not share it at all. But maybe some of you will find yourselves in it. Even in our team, opinions and moods are distributed very differently. We therefore do not want to presume at this point to give well-intentioned advice or even recipes on how each and every one of us should deal with the upcoming time.

However, we would like to express our sincere thanks to our registered participants who, after our announcement shortly before Christmas regarding the postponement of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, have remained calm and patient and continue to remain loyal to us. This is anything but self-evident, especially since we were initially unable to name a new date and in times when the pandemic has us all firmly in its grip and will probably continue for a reasonably long time.

We continue to work tirelessly on the planning and implementation of the event – it remains with the already announced timing, after which an alternative date should be fixed at the end of January. We will inform you about this date as soon as possible.

Until then, we continue to build on your patience and understanding and wish you a good run and, above all, good health.

Your Haspa Marathon Hamburg Team

Date shift intended

By Allgemein @en

Dear runners,

we hope that you and your loved ones have come through the ending year 2020 healthy and unscathed so far.

We all know that the Covid-19 pandemic will continue to determine and affect our daily lives on many levels well into the coming year, despite vaccinations beginning in the foreseeable future. Accordingly, we have to assume that the 35th Haspa Marathon Hamburg in April will not be feasible in the usual quality. To be fair, we would therefore like to inform you already today that we are planning to postpone the event within the year 2021. We are in very constructive talks with the city of Hamburg so far. In these, any date overlaps with major events from other sectors had to be coordinated, and still have to be. We are very optimistic that this process will be successfully completed by the end of January and thus we will then not only be able to present a realistic new event date, but also to coordinate the participation options with you. Until then, we ask for your patience and thank you once again for your trust and loyalty.

Despite the pandemic restrictions we wish you a nice and peaceful Christmas and a good start into the year 2021 – stay healthy.

Yours in sport
Your Haspa Marathon Hamburg Team

34. Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2019

Registration is open!

By Allgemein @en

A few days after the city of Hamburg and the organizers of the major sporting events in Hamburg announced that there will be no more major sporting events this year, we are all the more pleased that we can now look ahead to the 2021 edition and have a real hook for targeted preparation.
Registration for all three competitions on April 25, 2021 is now open. Participants already registered for this year who want to transfer their starting place to 2021 do NOT need to register again. We had sent out an e-mail newsletter for this purpose, which should have reached everyone by now.

We are looking forward to those who were already engaged as well as to all those who will register from now on – thank you very much!

For registration please click HERE

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