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Price jump in half marathon and marathon to be expected in the short term

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Germany’s largest spring marathon already has more than 9,000 registrations across the marathon, half marathon and relay events. It is thus once again on its way to becoming the largest sporting event in the Elbe metropolis of Hamburg.

The second price category – 155,-€ per starting place – has recently been introduced for registration in the relay competition.

In the marathon competition, the last 250 starting places are available in the early bird category (88,-€), in the half marathon there are just under 100 left in the current price category (64,-€).

Undecided runners should hurry up – the opportunity for a cheap starting place at one of the most beautiful, fastest and most spectacular marathon running events is still available.

After Kipchoge’s fabulous world record in Berlin – Hamburg stays ahead in Top 10 Men average time for now

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We warmly congratulate Eliud Kipchoge, who made his marathon debut in Hamburg in 2013, on his outstanding victory in yesterday’s Berlin Marathon. The 37-year-old superstar literally remains the lone leader after running the marathon in a new world record time. The performance of the comparatively small circle of co-favourites was also striking. Last year’s winner Guye Adola (Ethiopia) had trouble keeping up with the fast pace already after the first third and had to drop out after kilometre 35. Kipchoge’s compatriot Mark Korir finished second, well over five and a half minutes behind Kipchoge. Half a minute behind followed the Ethiopian Tadu Abate, among others winner in Hamburg in 2019. Experts use the average time of the top 10 results as an indicator of the quality of the elite field in a marathon race. While the average time for the men’s competition in yesterday’s race in Berlin was 2:06:31 hours, the Haspa Marathon is just ahead with 2:06:07 hours. In the Top 10 average time for women, Berlin 2022 is clearly in the lead with 2:20:54 hours, ahead of Hamburg 2022 with 2:28:05 hours.


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Hamburger Sparkasse (Haspa) and Marathon Hamburg Veranstaltungs GmbH are continuing their partnership in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg until 2026, plus an option for a further two years. This extends the commitment of Hamburger Sparkasse as main sponsor and title partner of Germany’s largest and fastest spring marathon, which has been in place since 2011, by at least four years.

“With the extension of our commitment, the people of Hamburg can look forward to a great Haspa Marathon in the coming years as well. This top event is an ideal fit for us as Hamburger Bank. It appeals to the entire city – both the runners and the many hundreds of thousands of spectators who cheer on their friends and family along the route,” said Dr. Harald Vogelsang, Haspa Board Spokesman, explaining this decision. The Haspa Marathon is a great family reunion for us and our customers, which we continue to support with great conviction. Since 2011, we have put a lot of energy into this event and, together with the organizer, have developed many new formats such as the relays and the half marathon,” Dr. Harald Vogelsang continued.

Marathon chief organizer Frank Thaleiser adds, “After the difficult period of pandemic restrictions for all involved and the subsequent highly successful recent event edition in April, the continuation of our cooperation is not only an expression of great trust and respect, but also a strong signal for continued creative and close cooperation for mutual success. We are very much looking forward to it.”

Both course records fall – 15,000 runners ensure a grandiose running festival

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Yalemzerf Yehualaw won the Haspa Marathon Hamburg with a sensational new course record after 2:17:23 hours. The 22-year-old Ethiopian ran by far the fastest debut over the 42.195 km of all time. The previous best debut time was set by Britain’s Paula Radcliffe in London in 2002 with 2:18:56. Yalemzerf Yehualaw immediately became the sixth-fastest marathon runner of all time in Hamburg, smashing the previous course record set by Meselech Melkamu (2:21:54) in 2016. Yehualaw’s compatriots Fikrte Wereta and Bone Cheluke finished second and third with 2:26:15 and 2:26:23 respectively. The fastest German woman was Kristina Hendel (LG Braunschweig), who finished a strong fifth with a personal best of 2:27:29.


The men’s race was close from the beginning. It was not until kilometre 38 that a preliminary decision was made, when the Kenyan Cybrian Kotut and the Ugandan marathon debutant Stephen Kissa were able to break away from the leading group of six. Both had a spectacular duel until the end. In the final sprint, Cybrian Kotut won with a final time of 2:04:47, just ahead of Stephen Kissa (2:04:48). Ethiopia’s Workineh Tadesse finished third with a time of 2:05:07, leaving all three runners under the previous course record of 2:05:30 set by Kenya’s superstar Eliud Kipchoge in 2013. “I am very happy to have managed to mark a new course record here. The pacemakers gave me good cover from the wind,” said winner Cybrian Kotut.


“This was a great spring comeback for us. We were able to present a great, great race on the streets of Hamburg and are proud of the extremely strong results with two course records and a literally unique debut by Yalemzerf Yehualaw,” said chief organiser Frank Thaleiser.


In sunny but windy conditions and temperatures around 10 degrees Celsus, Yalemzerf Yehualaw ran at the front from the start and steadily increased her lead. At the half marathon mark, her lead was already over two and a half minutes with a fast passing time of 68:30. By the end, she was almost nine minutes ahead. “For my first marathon, the race went very well for me. The fast course suited me and the spectators were a great support,” said the winner.


There were some disappointments among the German runners, especially among the men. Philipp Pflieger and Johannes Motschmann (both SCC Berlin) led the German field until kilometre 30. Shortly afterwards Pflieger had to give up. Motschmann dropped back significantly from kilometre 35, but finished the race in 24th place with a time of 2:17:08. Filimon Abraham (LG Telis Finanz Regensburg) also had to end the race at kilometre 35. Best German was Florian Rösler (TV Konstanz) in his good marathon debut in 2:15:03. “I am very surprised to be the fastest German. The race didn’t go optimally for me, but very well for a debut.”


Among the German women, Kristina Hendel (LG Braunschweig) was the leader from the start. In the end she finished a strong fifth in a top field with 2:27:29. “We had to fight with wind from kilometre 8 to 31. In addition, I had cramps at the beginning, but then they disappeared. I broke my personal best time and am very proud of it. I hope to run in the German jersey at the European Championships in Munich,” said Kristina Hendel, who is currently only eligible to compete internationally for Croatia. Deborah Schöneborn (SCC Berlin) was the second German to finish ninth in 2:29:51.


A total of around 20,000 runners from 68 nations had registered for Sunday’s competitions at the 36th Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Hamburg’s sports senator Andy Grote and Haspa CFO Jürgen Marquardt gave the starting signal for the marathon at 9.30 am.


A total of almost 15,000 athletes crossed the finish line. Even in view of the almost perfect weather conditions, the day was quite calm for the rescue forces of the German Red Cross. 82 assistance services and 13 rescue operations were recorded after the finish line at 3.50 pm. An estimated hundred thousand spectators cheered on the athletes along the course. Already on Saturday, around 9,000 children and young people ensured a successful start to the event with the “Das Zehntel” (The Tenth) over 4.2 km.


The 37th Haspa Marathon Hamburg will be held on 23 April 2023 and registration for the event will open tomorrow, Monday 25 April at 12.00 noon.

Up to 20,000 active people expected at the start at Hamburg Messe on Sunday

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The Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2022 is getting ready to start.

For the 36th edition of Germany’s largest spring marathon, up to 20,000 participants are expected on Sunday in the three competitions: marathon, half marathon and marathon relay. At 8.25 a.m. the starting bell will sound on the Holstenglacis for four hand cyclists who will be running the half marathon distance. At 8.30 a.m., the half marathon for 4,250 registered runners will follow at the same location. At 9.30 a.m. Sports Senator Andy Grote and Haspa CFO Jürgen Marquardt will give the starting signal on Karolinenstraße for the main marathon competition with over 10,500 registered athletes. The marathon relay with 5,500 athletes will follow directly. Already tomorrow, Saturday, Das Zehntel, Germany’s largest youth and children’s run, will provide the sporty start of the event weekend. More than 9,000 schoolchildren have registered for this event. The first of three runs will start at 8.30 am.

“We are very pleased that this major Hamburg sporting event can now take place again in this form and thus send an important signal for the athletes as well as for the city and beyond,” explained Hamburg’s State Councillor for Sport Christoph Holstein at a press conference today.

Frank Thaleiser, chief organiser of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, added: “When a good 25,000 athletes of almost all ages run the blue line through the Hanseatic city this weekend, it is a great compensation for a time full of privation. Our thanks already go to all participants and especially to the city of Hamburg, which has stood by us and supported us in every way over the past two years.”

Today, Friday, the Marathon Hamburg Expo with almost 60 exhibitors on the subject of endurance and outdoor sports opened in exhibition hall A3, followed by the start number distribution. Those who make up their minds at the last minute can still register for the marathon or marathon relay at prices of €119 (marathon) or €169 (relay) between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Help for Ukraine – your donation helps to alleviate need

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The current situation of the civilian population in Ukraine is dramatic. Millions of people have already fled the bombardments and fighting. Especially in armed conflicts, children are the ones who receive the least attention and suffer greatly. Our charity partner Plan International, which has been working for years worldwide for the rights and protection of children, and girls in particular, has launched urgent relief efforts with its own teams on the ground in Ukraine’s neighboring countries – Poland, Romania and Moldova. On the ground, Plans Emergency Relief focuses on child protection and psychosocial support. You can support Plan International’s important and valuable work now by making a donation.
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HIGH5 – official sports nutrition partner

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HIGH5 is the official sports nutrition partner of the Hamburg Marathon and wishes all runners good luck with the final preparations for the big day! To support you on your way to the finish line, HIGH5 will provide a selection of delicious products at the course: the HIGH5 Energy Drink – a great-tasting carbohydrate and electrolyte drink that will help you maintain your performance and improve your hydration during the run. Also, HIGH5 Energy Gel – a lightweight gel made with refreshing natural fruit juices and water that directly fuels your muscles with carbohydrates during your run.

The right nutrition can make all the difference in not only crossing the finish line, but also enjoying the run beforehand. This is where the HIGH5 nutrition guides come in – feel free to take a look at the tips for your nutrition strategy for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg at: HIGH5


Guye Adola and Tsegaye Mekonnen as favorites in high-class men’s elite field

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Two weeks after the presentation of the top favorite Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) and other grandees in the women’s elite field, the men’s elite field for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on April 24 is now also fixed.

Especially the winner of last year’s Berlin Marathon, Guye Adola (ETH) and his compatriot Tsegaye Mekonnen, who already crossed the finish line first in Hamburg in 2017 after 2:07:26, stand out here. Both have marathon best times of under 2:05 hours and are thus below the course record (2:05:30) of marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), which has been in force since 2013. The same applies with Kinde Atanaw (ETH, PB: 2:03:51), his compatriot Abebe Degefa (2:04:51) and the Kenyan Barselius Kipyego (2:04:48) for three other runners.

Top favorite Guye Adolas marked his personal best right from his 2017 marathon debut in Berlin, where he set out to win the race outright. He was only overtaken by Eliud Kipchoge two kilometers from the finish line and ultimately finished as close as he did sensationally in second place.

The race for victory in Hamburg in the spring of the same year was similarly close. Tsegaye Mekonnen and the 2012 Olympic champion, Stephen Kiprotich (UGA) were almost tied here until shortly before the end. Mekonnen literally distanced Kiprotich on the home stretch and won in the end by five seconds. Three years earlier, the Ethiopian had already caused a sensation when he won the Dubai Marathon as an 18-year-old in 2:04:32. This time is still considered the unofficial junior best in a marathon competition.

In total, a good 20,000 runners are expected to take part in the 36th edition of Germany’s largest spring marathon on April 24. These are distributed among the marathon (over 50%), half marathon and marathon relay (each about 25%) competitions. Online registration for the marathon and marathon relay is open until March 24. The half marathon is fully booked.

Welcome, COROS – official timing partner

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COROS is now the official timing partner of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg. The still young US brand from Tustin/California specializes in Performance Sports Technology, here in particular in GPS multisport watches. At Germany’s largest spring marathon, COROS will be the sponsor for, among other things, the display of elite times on the support vehicles in the marathon (4x) and half marathon (1x).

Yalemzerf Yehualaw, freshly crowned 10km world record holder and top favorite in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg elite race, has already had a close look at our timing partner at yesterday’s press conference. The 22-year-old Ethiopian is planning an attack on the course record of her compatriot Meselech Melkamu (2:21:54), which has been in force since 2016, on April 24. Marathon superstar Eliud Kipchoge, whose marathon career once began in Hamburg, also trusts in the quality and precision of COROS.

To visitors of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg website, COROS presents the countdown to the start of the marathon competition on April 24 at 9:30 am. In addition, runners* and visitors* to the Marathon Hamburg Expo can also physically convince themselves of the value and aesthetics of COROS products at the COROS booth.

COROS introduced its first product in May 2018 with the PACE 2 Premium GPS sports watch – still the lightest model on the market today with a weight of 29 grams. The lightweight, which also convinces marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge, was followed by the APEX Pro Premium Multisport GPS watch as well as the VERTIX GPS Adventure watch and the VERTIX 2 from COROS. All models impress with their ultra-long battery life and intuitive operation. The brand combines high-quality hardware with innovative technology and develops efficient sports watches for the application areas of running, trail running, mountaineering and water sports.

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