Heligoland (Germany), Saturday 4 May 2013
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).
The "Lange Anna" ("Long Anna") rock - Heligoland's most famous landmark
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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