NN Running Team to put on elite-only marathon in Hamburg

Rick Pearson
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Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images
Photo credit: Pool - Getty Images

From Runner's World

  • The race will take place in the German city of Hamburg, around four laps of a 10.5km track

  • The elite-only race is designed to offer athletes the chance to achieve a Tokyo Olympics qualifying time

  • The Olympic qualifying time is 2:11:30 for men and 2:29:30 for women

While mass-participation marathons remain on hold, an exciting elite-only race will take place in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Co-organised by the NN Running, the professional running team home to Eliud Kipchoge, the event will be open to a maximum of 100 athletes and take place around a 10.5km loop of the city.

The main goal of the race, dubbed the NN Mission Marathon, is to provide an opportunity for runners to achieve the Tokyo Olympic qualifying times, which are 2:11:30 for men and 2:29:30 for women. This has led the organisers to describe the race as ‘the fastest way to Tokyo’.

‘We want to show that we are doing everything we can to offer athletes a chance for a marathon,’ said Global Sports Communication managing director Jos Hermens. ‘In this case, it is extra special because it is a qualification for the Olympic Games. I am proud that the title sponsor NN Group also supports us in these times and together we want to fulfil the Olympic dream of all these athletes. Hopefully, we will see more races coming up soon.’

The mass-participation Hamburg Marathon had originally been schedule for Sunday, April 18, 2021. However, due to regulations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, this will now take place in 2022.

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