Half Marathon, Race Review, Road Races

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

The Hella Hamburg Half Marathon is always happening around the beginning of July, and  probably the second most well known race in Hamburg after the Hamburg Marathon. Just like the Half Marathon during Hamburg Marathon it features a nice sightseeing route through the picturesque city and covers all the important sights.

Travel

Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and therefore well connected by plane, train or bus. It also has a gread public transport system, so you can get to the bib pick up, start line and finish line very easily.

Bib Pick-Up

The bib pick up is located at the Hamburg Messe exhibition center. You can easily reach it via the Messehallen Underground stop. The pick-up process is fairly easy, you just need your confirmation email. You can also pick up the bibs of other runners if you have their confirmation email as well.

Pre-Race

The start of the Hella Hamburg Half Marathon is located at the famous Reeperbahn red light district. You can easily reach it via the Underground station St. Pauli or Train station Reeperbahn. There are water stations at the start provided by Hella, a water and drinks company. There are also porta potties at the side of the start corrals.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon course

The Hella Hamburg Half Marathon race starts at the famous Reeperbahn, a red light district in the center of Hamburg. It then heads west and then turns around to go back along the river Elbe and the famous port.

After the famous Elbphilharmonie you run first to the Binnenalster and then around the Außenalster, a picturesque lake in the center of Hamburg.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

The final stretch goes back to the Hamburg Messe Exhibition center.

Post-Race

Once you arrive at the exhibition center you are directed through various halls and courtyards. There is the finisher medal, and refreshments like water, sports drinks, non alcoholic wheat beer and food. There are also quite good shower facilities, so pack a towel and dry clothes into your drop bag. Also don’t forget to drop off your rental timing chip there in case you have rented one.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon

Sightseeing

Even though Hamburg is not situated at the shore it has one of the biggest ports in Europe. Make sure to check out everything marine related along the river Elbe, including the old warehouse district (and now luxury residence area) called “Speicherstadt”.

Also the 1 billion USD building of Elbphilharmonie is a must-see. If you have the time you should go and see a concert there.

Hella Hamburg Half Marathon
Elbphilharmonie Hamburg

More of my favorite sights include:

  • Jungfernsteig and Binnenalster
  • Außenalster
  • Reeperbahn red light district
  • Hamburg’s famous church Hauptkirche ST. Michaeli, also known as “Michel”
Prague Marathon
Half Marathon, Marathon, Race Review, Road Races, Running

Prague Marathon

Prague Marathon is the biggest and most important marathon of the Czech Republic. It is always held in early May, and features the highlights of the wonderful old town. Prague Marathon offers the classic distance as well as a two Half Marathon relay race.

I ran Prague Marathon as marathon no. 6 of my 12 Marathons in 12 months project and I really loved it, except for the cobblestones and tram tracks. But that is something you probably have to accept when running in an old historic city like that.

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Vienna City Marathon
Half Marathon, Marathon, Race Review, Road Races

Vienna City Marathon review

Vienna alsways had a special place in my heart. Not only did I run my second Half Marathon there, but I also studied in this beautiful city for 7 years and would call it my second home. So when I was looking for a Marathon to run in May for my 12 Marathons in 12 months project, the Vienna City Marathon was of course on the top of my list. And I can tell you, it did not disappoint.

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Half Marathon, Race Review

Berlin Half Marathon Race Review

The Berlin Marathon is well known as the fastest Marathon in the world. (I also ran my fastest time there in 2017). It’s little brother, the Berlin Half Marathon, is less well known. But definitely not slower at all. It is one of the fastest Half Marathons out there. The new course record of 58 minutes 42 seconds  is the 4th fastest time worldwide. (as of 2018)

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