English info

Dear Athletes,

The 23th hella hamburg half marathon promises once again to be a spectacular sporting event for Hamburg. As one of the “pure” half marathon races in Germany, this classic city race leads past numerous Hamburg tourist attractions and is considered to be the fastest of the German summer half marathon races. The start will take place at 10 a.m. on the four-lane Reeperbahn, accompanied by the sound of samba drums, while the skaters will head out on the course 45 minutes earlier. Our shuttle buses will bring you from the race number distribution site at the event centre at the Rothenbaum Tennis Stadium (finish) to the start, or you may take the metro there (U3: St. Pauli). You will tour Hamburg from a new perspective: past the traditional Altona fish market, back past the enthusiastic spectators along the Reeperbahn, St. Pauli piers, the main train station, along the Aussenalster waterfront and from there down Rothenbaumchaussee to the finish. Hamburg’s local television station, Hamburg 1, will be broadcasting live, and we will celebrate together with sausage, beer and live music.

Organiser / Promoter

BMS Sportveranstaltungs GbR together with the Deutscher Rollsport- und Inline-Verband e.V. (DRIV).

Athletic Club Supporter

Hamburg Running e.V.

Race Times

Saturday, June 24, 2017

5:00 p.m.

600 m “Bear Run”

5:30 p.m.

600 m skating

Sunday, June 25, 2017

9:45 a.m.

21.0975 km skating half marathon

10:00 a.m.

21.0975 km running half marathon


Reeperbahn (Metro: U-Bahn St. Pauli)


Rothenbaumchaussee (Metro: U-Bahn Hallerstraße)

Closing of the Finish

The finish will close at 1 p.m.

Race Course

The course is an officially measured 21.0975 km point-to-point course, which is valid for being counted for a best time list. The course is flat, paved throughout and is kept clear of traffic during the race by police and volunteers. Every kilometre is clearly marked by signs.



Participation in the half marathon is open to those born in 2003 and earlier (Skating) (14-years-old and older) and those born in 2001 and earlier (Running) (16-years-old and older).

Kids born between 2004 and 2012 can participate in the school race.

Anyone who has an official race number, has trained for the race and does not have any medical indications is permitted to participate. No club affiliation is required.

Registration Options

Online registration at

Every registrant will receive an automatic confirmation of registration at their registered E-mail address with information about their official race number. If applicable, please indicate your team/club information on your registration.

The written registration and one-time direct debit authorization must be signed in person. Cash payments and wire transfers are not possible. For youth and school kids, the legal guardian must sign the forms. Any missing information and resulting bank fees are the responsibility of the participant. There is no right to a refund of the registration fee in the case of non-appearance.

The organizer will issue the participant a confirmation of entry via electronic mail and allocate the participant a race number after receipt of the entry from and the registration fee. If applicable, please make sure that the club or team name is written identically for all participants belonging to a respective club or team.

Registration Deadline

Online registration will run until 12:00 midnight, Thursday, June 15, 2017.

Late registration is only possible on a limited basis on the following days with an additional late registration fee of 6 euro (cash):

Friday, June 23, 2017

from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.


Registration Fees

Half marathon (running or skating):

Until September 30, 2016

32,00 euro

October 1 – December 31, 2016

36,00 euro

January 1 – March 31, 2017

40,00 euro

April 1 – June 15, 2017

44,00 euro

Friday, June 23, 2017

50,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

50,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

50,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)
All registration fees plus 3,00 euro for the timekeeping chip rental fee.

600 m student races (running or skating):

until June 15, 2017

5,00 euro

Friday, June 23, 2017

6,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

Saturday, June 24, 2017

6,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

hella half marathon technical t-shirt

Price for advance order: 20,00 euro

Price for weekend sale (while stocks last): 25,00 euro


If pre-ordered, pickup is possible on the event weekend until 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 25, 2017. They will not be sent by mail.

Please indicate your size (unisex) with registration (XXS / XS / S / M / L / XL / XXL).

Race Number Pick-Up

At the event centre / late registration area Rothenbaumchaussee / Metro: U-Bahn Hallerstraße

Friday, June 23, 2017

from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

from 12:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.
The three-part race number is to be applied with FOUR safety pins per number as follows: one small number on the side of your left thigh for the finish camera (skaters) and the large race number on the front (runners) and on the back (skaters) of the chest. The third number is to be applied to your clothing pack. That will help us with the drop-off, transport and pickup of your gear. Please insure that your number can be clearly seen. They are non-transferable.


Any participants who are interested in becoming pacemakers for the half marathon course as an orientation help for the following finishing times – 1:29 h, 1:44 h, 1:59 h, 2:14 h – should let the organizer know by March 31, 2017 at the latest ( These runners may participate in the half marathon competition free of cost and will receive a free technical shirt.

Timekeeping System

Timekeeping for runners is carried out through a chip system. All participants will receive a chip (to be returned) with their race number. The chip rental fee amounts 3,00 euro. Please see the information in your race materials.

Skater: Times will be measured exclusively with the Active-Chip. All participants will receive a chip (to be returned) with their race number. This chip must be attached with hook and loop to the ankle and must be returned immediately at the finish when you receive your medal. Any lost or not returned chip will be invoiced for 90 euro. If your chip is not attached correctly, your time might not to be kept. Without a chip, no timekeeping is possible! The individual timekeeping for skating is the gross time (gun time) according to the DRIV regulations. The net time is reported as an additional service, which will be listed in the skating results.


There will be individual and team rankings for men and women.

Team registration is not necessary. This will be calculated according to the top three times of participants from a team / running group, regardless of the age group.

The individual rankings for the running event will be determined by gross times with notification of the official net time and net ranking, according to the prescribed competition regulations (Rule 240 IWR). The team rankings (running) are determined by the net time, according to regulations by the German Athletics Association (DLV).

Award Ceremony

The awards ceremonies will take place starting at about noon at the event centre Rothenbaumchaussee. Every properly registered participant who finishes will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line.

Men/Women (Running and skating): 1st – 6th place

Age Categories (Running) U 18 / U 20, M/W 30, M/W 35 etc.: 1st place

Age Categories (Skating), M/W 30, M/W 40 etc.: 1st place

Runners Training Program

You can find a free training guide at for both beginning and advanced runners, as well as useful tips for preparing for the hella hamburg half marathon.

Liability Waiver

Participation is at the sole risk of the participant. No liability is accepted by the organizer/promoter for all claims for injuries or damages, including accidents or lost clothing or other objects, which the participant may incur during or as a result of his participation in this event. By registering, the participant agrees that he is solely responsible to be physically fit and sufficiently prepared to participate in this activity. Place of jurisdiction is Hamburg.

Race Safety

For all skaters, helmets are mandatory at all times while on the race course. Wrist, knee and elbow protection for skaters is also recommended.


As soon as the end-of-day results are available, a provisional result list will be published at After the technical period for appeals has expired, the final result list will be provided, along with the downloadable certificates (PDF form). There are no printed result lists!

Age Divisions

Age divisions are according to § 3 of the Athletic Regulations (DLO) of DLV. Decisive for the age class is the year of birth.


7 refreshment points with “hella naturell” will be set up along the course at the kilometre marks 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5 and 20.3. A refreshing array of hella products, Erdinger Alkoholfrei and bananas will be available at the finish area for all skaters and runners.

Clothing bag storage

Clothing bags labelled with the small race number may be stored both at the finish area (tents) and at the start (trucks). Right after the start signal, the trucks will transport the clothing bags to the finish.

Changing Rooms

Showers, sanitary installations and changing rooms are available at the primary school Turmweg. Portable toilets will be available at the start and finish as well as at the refreshment points (km 5, 7.5, 10, 12.5, 15, 17.5 and 20.3).

Getting here

Some parking is available at the finish area; however, it is limited. All participants are strongly urged to take the metro to the start. Or you can get to the finish area by bike and leave it at our free bike wardrobe. From Rothenbaumchaussee you can use the free shuttle busses to the start.

Parking at the start area: Heiligengeistfeld, access via Glacischaussee.


Escort vehicles (cars, bicycles, motorcycles) are not allowed on the race course.

Since the running event is held in conformity with the rules of the German Athletics Association (DLV), participation or escorts on roller skates / inline skates, skate boards or other equipment is not allowed.

Baby joggers, Nordic walking sticks and animals are not permitted either, and any contraventions will lead to disqualification.

In case of a violation of fair sportsman-like behaviour, the participant will be excluded from the event.

The hella half marathon is a member of the German Road Races.

Official Partner Hotel

Scandic Hamburg Emporio, Dammtorwall 19, 20355 Hamburg, +49 40 432 18 70.

Registration Record

10.784 registrations (2016)

Course Records

RUNNING Half Marathon
1:00:52 h Merhawi Kesete, Eritrea (2015)
1:11:27 h Agnes Katunge Mutune, Kenia (2015)

SKATING Half Marathon
32:47,73 Min. Ferre Spruyt, Belgium (2008)
35:21,44 Min. Angeline Thomas, Australia (2006)

Status: July 18, 2016 (subject to change)




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