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19,500 entries – 10Km world record holder Yalemzerf Yehualaw makes marathon debut

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With the onset of spring, Germany’s largest spring marathon is also getting closer. Currently, almost 19,500 participants have registered for the three competitions: marathon, half marathon and marathon relay. The half marathon with 4,250 places has already been fully booked for some time, the main marathon competition has so far received 10,400 registrations, and 4,800 participants have registered for the marathon relay. Online registration for the marathon and marathon relay is open until March 24.

Ethiopian Yalemzerf Yehualaw announced her participation today at a press conference. The 22-year-old marked a new world record time (29:14 minutes) last Sunday in a 10-km race in Castellón, Spain. During a press conference today, Yalemzerf Yehualaw the 22-year-old commented on her marathon debut in the Hanseatic city: “I looked at the course. Hamburg is wonderful, has a great scenery. They say the people here are very friendly and the organization is very good. I hope I can perform very well here and will try to set a new course record.”Yehualaw’s compatriot Meselech Melkamu has held the previous Hamburg women’s best of 2:21:54 since her victory in 2016.

“We are very happy that together with our athlete agency GSC we were able to win one of the currently most promising athletes with Yalemzerf Yehualaw and can also look forward to other big names, not only in the women’s field,” explained Marathon Chief Organizer Frank Thaleiser.

In addition to Yalemzerf Yehualaw, her compatriot and last year’s winner Gadise Mulu as well as the winner from 2019, Dabibe Kuma, (ETH) are also expected at the start on Karolinenstraße on April 24.
The men’s elite field is scheduled to be announced in the second half of March.

To the registration

Over 17,200 registrations – few marathon start slots on offer at € 99

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There are less than 100 days left until the 36th Haspa Marathon Hamburg. Preparations are in full swing and we are very optimistic that we will be able to start on Sunday, April 24 with the current hygiene requirements*. A total of over 17,200 runners are registered for Germany’s largest spring marathon in all three competitions – marathon, half marathon and marathon relay. The half marathon has already been fully booked for weeks. In the marathon, almost 9,000 places have been provided, with only a handful of places still available in the 99,-€ price category.

In addition, registration began a few days ago for the schoolchildren’s and junior race Das Zehntel, which after a two-year Corona break will once again provide the popular sporting prelude to the Haspa Marathon Hamburg weekend on Saturday, April 23*.

Prior to this, after last in 2019, the Marathon Hamburg Expo with expected more than 80 exhibitors opens its doors already on Friday, April 22 and thus gets participants and visitors in the mood for the event weekend*.

*status: January 19, 2022

Over 14,700 entries over all – half marathon starting places are becoming scarce

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The past year 2021 was and is one full of contrasting moods, both large and small. Nevertheless, from an organisational point of view, we are justifiably optimistic about the future. Thanks to the early agreement with the City of Hamburg on “2G” (only vaccinated or recovered persons may compete) as a prerequisite for participation in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, we can plan the 2022 season largely reliably despite the current tense pandemic situation.

We are pleased that we are approaching the mark of 15,000 registered participants across all competitions. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have already joined us and look forward to welcoming everyone who is still to come.
In this context, we would like to point out that the starting places in the half marathon competition are becoming scarce. More than 90% of the 4,250 starting slots have already been allocated. So it’s time to make your decision before Christmas.

Click here to register for the half marathon

ASICS is new premium partner of Haspa Marathon Hamburg

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The Japanese sporting goods manufacturer ASICS is the new premium partner and official outfitter of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg and other events of Marathon Hamburg Veranstaltungs GmbH (MHV).

“With ASICS, we will have Europe’s leading running brand and an experienced sponsor of major events at our side, whose products are groundbreaking in terms of quality, function and innovation. We are very much looking forward to the cooperation, from which not only the two contractual partners but also our participants will certainly benefit,” explains MHV Managing Director Frank Thaleiser.

Enno von Seht, ASICS Marketing Lead North East adds: “Running is the DNA of ASICS and the marathon continues to be the supreme discipline for all hobby, health and professional runners. We have noticed that in the last few months of restrictions, more people have discovered running for themselves in order to cope better with the situation, both physically and mentally. We would like to further increase the motivation of all runners by offering them the prospect of participating in an attractive event. The high-quality MHV running events offer a perfect platform for this, accordingly we are very much looking forward to working together.”

Starting with the next edition of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on 24 April 2022, ASICS will equip thousands of volunteers for all MHV running events over the next three years and offer attractive and exclusive products to the participants*. In addition, ASICS will be available as a competent advisor for running equipment, training and nutrition both online and at the preparation runs at the well-known running spots in Hamburg with its test van.



12 December – Hamburg Stadtpark / Jahnkampfbahn

23 January – Am Cliff / Fährhausdamm

20 February -Teufelsbrück / Blankenese

20 March – Harburg -Scharpenbargsweg / Waldparkplatz



The ASICS company was founded in 1949 in Kobe, Japan, by the Japanese master shoemaker Kihachiro Onitsuka. His credo: to give people perspective and a better sense of well-being through sport after the war. The name ASICS is derived from the Latin saying “Anima Sana In Corpore Sano” – meaning: “A healthy mind in a healthy body”. At the Institute of Sport Science, high-quality sports products are developed and tested in close dialogue with top international athletes. The recently published study by confirms ASICS as the most popular running shoe brand.

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Gadise Demissie Mulu and Martin Musau win 35th event edition

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Gadise Demissie Mulu and Martin Musau are the winners of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg 2021. The Ethiopian (23) won the women’s competition in her third marathon after 2:26:19 hours, the athlete from Uganda (23) won in his marathon premiere after 2:10:14 hours.

“The preparations were very spontaneous, I had just one week to plan everything and prepare for the race, yet the race went great, right down to the spectators who gave me great support. I am very happy and would be happy to take part again next year,” said the visibly euphoric winner Gadise Mulu. Martin Musau was also happy about his victory in the Hanseatic city: “A marathon premiere is always something special, so you should be modest at first. I was aiming for a time under 2:10 hours, but I got muscular problems in the final section. The fact that it was still enough to win makes the success all the greater and makes me very happy.”

Chief organiser Frank Thaleiser was also satisfied with the event: “With the preparation in the last weeks and the implementation today, we have achieved what was possible under the current conditions, and that is not exactly little. I think we have also taken a big step towards a new normality with this.”

Since 8:00am in the morning, a total of 4,434 runners and one handcyclist had competed in the three events: marathon, half marathon and relay marathon. By 15:45h, a total of 4,219 had successfully crossed the finish line.

Registration for the 36th Haspa Marathon Hamburg starts tomorrow morning. The date for this is 24 April 2022.

Further information and results at:

Over 5,000 participants expected at the start on Glacischaussee on Sunday

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Next Sunday, Germany’s largest spring marathon will take place in its 35th edition in late summer for the first time due to the pandemic and exclusively with athletes vaccinated against Corona.
Hamburg’s sports senator Andy Grote said today at an event press conference: “We are very pleased that, despite the necessary restrictions, another major traditional sports event, the marathon, can now take place in the Hanseatic city. From our point of view, this is a strong and important signal for the runners, all forces involved in the organisation and for the sports city of Hamburg.”
Frank Thaleiser, chief organiser of the Haspa Marathon Hamburg added: “The fact that the event can take place on Sunday is also an expression of the fact that intensive coordination processes can lead to success even under very difficult conditions. This has really succeeded here. Accordingly, in addition to our partners, my special thanks go to the city of Hamburg.”

On Sunday, a total of 5,156 runners and one hand cyclist are expected at the start in the half marathon, marathon and relay marathon competitions. As in 2012, the start and finish line will be on the Glacischaussee. Apart from that, the route remains almost unchanged and runs, as usual, through the typical and attractive districts of the Hanseatic city. In addition to Everyman, a seven-strong selection of top young athletes – five men and two women – from Ethiopia and Uganda will be at the start. At 8:00 a.m. the half marathon will start with 1,688 runners. At 9:00 a.m., Hamburg’s First Mayor, Dr. Peter Tschentscher, will ring the starting bell for 2,417 marathon runners and a total of 1,072 relay participants.

The event centre will be located on the Heiligengeistfeld in buildings that are ventilated to meet Corona’s needs. From 9.00 a.m. on Friday, registered starters will be able to collect their starting documents in person only and on presentation of a valid Corona vaccination certificate.

The traditional Marathon Fair will be cancelled due to the pandemic, as will any official side event programme at the start and finish as well as on the course. The popular junior and children’s race “Das Zehntel” with over 8,000 schoolchildren will also not take place this year.

Event Update

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We are working flat out to prepare for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on 12 September, and it is looking good for official approval to be granted by the city authorities.

  • The following information is intended to help you plan and prepare your own participation, and is valid both for runners who have already registered and for those who may still wish to register.
    In order to be allowed to participate in the Haspa Marathon Hamburg, official proof of a complete vaccination against Covid-19 by means of a vaccine recognised in Germany (Biontech-Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson) or the complete recovery from a Covid-19 disease including the receipt of a vaccination dose from one of the above-mentioned manufacturers at least once is mandatory. A corresponding vaccination must have taken place by 28 August at the latest. An officially valid proof (certified entry in the vaccination certificate or digital vaccination card) has to be presented on site at the starting documents collection point at the Heiligengeistfeld in Hamburg.
  • Registration for the Haspa Marathon Hamburg for all events – marathon, half marathon and relay marathon – is still possible until Saturday, 28 August.
  • The deadline for re-registering / naming a substitute participant ends on 28 August – this applies to all three competitions.
  • Confirmation of registration will be sent out after the closing date at the beginning of week 35.
  • The start list will be published at by the middle of week 35.
  • Any running shirts ordered with the registration will be handed out on site together with the starting documents.
  • It is compulsory to wear a mouth/nose protection (medical or FFP2 mask) on the entire event area – this applies to the event Sunday (before the start and after the finish) as well as on the days when the starting documents are collected.

For the provisional event timetable click HERE

Further information can be found in the participant information of the respective competition.


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In agreement with the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, we have been provided an official permission to organise the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on 12 September 2021 under certain conditions.

These stipulate in particular that only runners who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be allowed to start. A corresponding officially valid proof (certified entry in the vaccination certificate or digital vaccination card) has to be provided on site at the starting documents counter. A vaccination date to obtain this status may not be closer than a full two weeks to the date of the event. Accordingly, the deadline for this is 28 August.

In addition, we will have to do without many of the services we have been accustomed to in the past, including the pasta party, medal engraving, marathon fair, social programme, massage and shower facilities.

We have already informed our participants who have registered so far about the new development and the conditions attached to it by newsletter. These also apply to new registrations.

update to event planning

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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