Heligoland (Germany), Saturday 4 May 2013

Helgoland, Germany, ca 1890-1900 (Author: unknown / commons.wikimedia.org / Public Domain / image modified by runinternational.eu)


Held on the tiny North Sea island of Heligoland (German: Helgoland), located about 47 kilometres off the German coast, the Helgoland Marathon stands out as a unique event.

Entrants can choose between the 5.8km "Mini-Marathon" and the 42.2km marathon. The marathon consists of four laps of a very challenging course that winds its way around almost every corner of the island.

Starting and finishing near the "Südstrand" beach, participants run through the "Unterland" (the low-lying parts of Helgoland), then steep uphill to the "Oberland", up and down some stairs, through a tunnel, down again, and out and back the mole.

Each lap includes approximately 75 metres of climbing — overall about 300 metres!

In 2012, the top marathon finishers were Thomas Bauer (3:01:13) and Antje Möller (3:26:14). The time limit to complete the course is 5 hours 30 minutes.

Heligoland can be reached by ferry (from Hamburg, Cuxhaven, Büsum, and Wilhelmshaven), by catamaran (from Hamburg, Cuxhaven, and Wedel) or by plane (from Büsum and Bremerhaven).


Lange Anna, Helgoland, Germany (Author: Unukorno / commons.wikimedia.org / Public Domain / photo modified by runinternational.eu)

The "Lange Anna" ("Long Anna") rock - Heligoland's most famous landmark


Country: Germany

Venue (Map): Heligoland

Date: 4 May 2013 (Saturday)

Race distance: 5.8km; 42.2km

Start time: 9.00 (5.8km); 9.15 (42km)

Start and finish: Am Südstrand

Entries: online (until 1 May 2013); late entries on Friday 3 May 2013; race limit for the 5.8km Mini-Marathon: 200 runners

Entry fees (5.8km): € 18 (until 1 May 2013), € 23 (on 3 May 2013)

Entry fees (42km): € 40 (until 1 May 2013), € 45 (on 3 May 2013)

Race centre: Nordseehalle, Nord-Ost-Gelände (Friday 3 May 2013, 15.00-18.00)

You get: T-shirt, four aid stations on each lap, medal, certificate, results list, massage service, after-race party (at 9pm)

Prizes (42km): to the first 3 M/F, to the first 3 in each category, and to the best 3 teams

Prizes (5.8km): to the first 3 M/F and to the first 3 M/F juniors

Award ceremony: 20.00-21.00 (Nordseehalle)

Number of finishers 2012: 151 (5.8km), 185 (42km)

Event website (in German): www.helgolandmarathon.de


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