Corona slowed down Hamburg’s sport for 18 months. Now there is movement again.
On Sunday at 8:59 am, Mayor Peter Tschentscher (55) sent the 35th Haspa Marathon by ship’s bell over the 42.195 kilometers: “It’s a piece of normality. We want safe steps to a more normal life again. “
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2041 vaccinated marathoners, 1321 “halves” and 268 relay teams started. The conclusion after the smallest marathon of all time: That went well!
“That was the right decision. Everything worked, ”said Interior Senator Andy Grote (53). Organizer Frank Thaleiser: “That was a great step into the future.”
No winner has ever been celebrated as quietly as Martin Musau (23 / Uganda). The elementary school teacher from Kapchorwa ran 2:10:14 hours on the debut. First his rabbits went limp. When there was a shower over the last few kilometers, his muscles closed. “I’ve learned a lot,” said Musau. His prize: a place for the 36th edition on April 24, 2022.
Crazy: winner Gadise Mulu (24 / Ethiopia) bought new running shoes in the city on Saturday! Reason: the kicks you brought with you were a size too big. “It was the right decision,” said Mulu. Even if she had blisters on her feet! 2:26:19 hours were personal best – and the sixth fastest time in Hamburg.
The hardness was the fastest Hamburg Benjamin Franke (31/2: 32: 21 hours). Only two weeks ago the aircraft engineer fought his way through his first Ironman! The fans helped out on the way this time: “There were definitely fewer, but I thought it was fantastic.”
Just like the two Elbe seasons from entrepreneur Boris Bansemer (68). “You automatically run faster,” said the Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Torsten Voss (58). Musician Iris Siegfried (48 / Salut Salon) raved: “I had goose bumps.” To shower, we went to the boxing cellar of the “Ritze”. Bansemer (started despite the herniated disc): “It was just amazing.”