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Dear Athletes,

The 24th 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 30 minutes earlier.

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 30, 2018

5:00 p.m.
800 m “Bear Run”

5:30 p.m.
800 m skating

Start: St. Petersburger Str./Planten un Blomen

Sunday, July 1, 2018

9:30 a.m.
21.0975 km skating half marathon

10:00 a.m.
21.0975 km running half marathon

Reeperbahn (Metro: U-Bahn St. Pauli)

Jungiusstraße/Messegelände (Metro: U-Bahn Messehallen/S-Bahn Dammtor)

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.
Race Course 

Participation in the half marathon is open to those born in 2004 and earlier (Skating) (14-years-old and older) and those born in 2002 and earlier (Running) (16-years-old and older).

Kids born between 2005 and 2013 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.

Cash payments and wire transfers are not possible. 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.

Registration Deadline
Online registration will run until 12:00 midnight, Thursday, June 21, 2018.

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

Friday, June 29, 2018
from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 30, 2018
from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 1, 2018
from 7:00 a.m. until 8:30 a.m.

Registration Fees
Half marathon (running or skating):

Until June 30, 2017
30,00 euro

July 1 – September 30, 2017
35,00 euro

October 1 – December 31, 2017
40,00 euro

January 1 – March 31, 2018
45,00 euro

April 1 – June 21, 2018
50,00 euro

Friday, June 29, 2018
60,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

Saturday, June 30, 2018
60,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

Sunday, July 1, 2018
60,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

All registration fees plus 3,00 euro for the timekeeping chip rental fee.

800 m student races (running or skating):

until June 21, 2018
5,00 euro

Friday, June 29, 2018
6,00 euro (incl. late registration extra fee)

Saturday, June 30, 2018
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, July 1, 2018. 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 Foyer Eingang Ost/Messegelände (St. Petersburger Straße, Metro: U-Bahn Messehalle/S-Bahn Dammtor)

Friday, June 29, 2018
from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 30, 2018
from 12:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 1, 2018
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, 2018 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 Eingang Ost/Messegelände. Every properly registered participant who finishes will receive a commemorative medal at the finish line.

Men/Women (Running): 1st – 10th place
Men/Women (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 20.0. 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 only in Halle B5. There will be no clothing bag storage at the start area.

Changing Rooms
Showers, sanitary installations and changing rooms are available. 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).

Getting here
Parking space limited. All participants are strongly urged to take the metro to the start. From the finish area you can use the free shuttle busses (1,2 kmto the start at Reeperbahn).

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 AIMS and German Road Races.

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

Registration Record
11.117 registrations (2017)

Course Records
RUNNING Half Marathon
1:00:52 h Merhawi Kesete, Eritrea (2015)
1:10:21 h Flomena Chepchirchir, Kenia (2017)

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

Status: June 27, 2017 (subject to change)





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