Two weekends ago, I had the opportunity to go see the Hamburg Haspa Marathon.
It was the first time I had ever watched a Marathon in person, and I have to say, I was very impressed. I've done an Ultramarathon before, but the atmosphere at the Marathon was something totally unique. It felt as if the whole city had decided to spend its Sunday Morning cheering on the runners as they gave their all over the streets of Hamburg.
Maybe it had something to do with being on the other side of the barriers (due to an age restriction, I was unable to participate in the race), but I believe it was simply a one of a kind experience to take part in Marathon festivities. I love running, and would never even think about trading my sport for a more glorious one, but runners tend not to be quite as famous as football players, or other sports that people enjoy watching on television. As such, it was especially inspiring to see the huge celebration put on just for the runners and the news coverage regarding the event.
One of the favorite stories I heard, was of a Hamburger who has ran every Marathon since the first one in 1976. His goal is to keep running them till the 50th in 2035. He was really excited to still be able to participate and really embodied the spirit of the Marathon.
Picture is the winner, Tesfaye Abera, he came through one of the locations where we were cheering.