How to participate in the digital race

It’s on! On Sunday, the 27th hella hamburg halfmarathon will start in many places and we are looking forward to have you on board! From the city of Hamburg across the rest of Germany and all over the world – over 2,500 runners will lace up their running shoes to celebrate digitally their favorite passion. Run wherever you like, gather with others, and become part of a community that shares the same love for running as you do.

The digital start is going to happen on Sunday at 02:00 am (00:00 UTC) – closing time will be at 11.59 pm (21:59 UTC). Only during this period, the service for submitting your result will be activated. Everything else will be explained below.

Timing made easy – use the official app!

Besides your sportsmanship, the official app will be your most important companion on race day. Download the Die Laufgesellschaft app on your smartphone and leave the timing and submission of your result to the app (Google Play Store | Apple App Store). Additionally, you can share photos of your race to the community by using the app. Please use your personal event key we sent you via e-mail on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

Please note, that the app is only available in German app stores. For participants from foreign countries, please use the manual submission (read Submitting your result manually).

Before using the app, make sure that your smartphone’s power saving options are disabled in order to have the tracking work properly.

Submitting your result manually

If you prefer to stop your time with another running app or watch, you can do that as well. In this case, use the manual result upload to enter your time manually. Please note that a proof of your result is required. A screenshot of your tracking app or a photo of your running watch will be totally fine.

For submitting your result manually please use the link sent to you on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

Where should I run?

By having a digital race, you enjoy complete freedom to let your personal hella hamburg halfmarathon take place wherever you want. Whether it is be beautiful, challenging, or flat and fast is entirely up to you. Just make sure it holds at least 21.0975 kilometers of distance. If you have the opportunity to come to Hamburg, we have an idea for a good spot: We have been told, that the Elbe island of Kaltehofe and the surrounding area is a great place to run a halfmarathon.

Further useful information

  • hella hamburg halfmarathon for a whole day
    Due to the decentralization of the event, you are free to decide when you want to start. Whether you run in the cool of the morning, at 10:00 am at the traditional start time or rather run into the sunset, is entirely up to you. Just make sure that you run on Sunday within the time window from 02:00 to 23:59 (00:00 to 21:59 UTC).
  • Kaltehofe bib number = ticket for public means of transportation 

    Participants who were registered for the event on Kaltehofe can still use their bib number as a ticket in the HVV area on the day of the event (redeemable for rings A-F). For example, you could use it for traveling to Kaltehofe… 

  • Digital start number
    If you have not booked the package with physical start number and medal, you can download your printable bib number via the participant list. To do this, enter your start number or your name, then click on your list entry and then on bib.


  • Problems? Our hotline is here to help!
    If you have problems with the app and its functionality or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact us via or by phone +49 40 371381. Our service will be available on race ray from 10 am to 5 pm (08:00 to 15:00 UTC). Please have your race number ready before reaching out to us.


  • Result list & certificate
    After successfully submitting your result you will find yourself on the result list. It may take 20 minutes until your result will show up. The following day you will be able to download your certificate at the same place.


  • Sharing is caring!
    Share your personal run with other participants by using the official hashtag #hellahalbmarathon on social media. You can also use the photo upload within the app to share your impressions with the community.

We are looking forward to having you participate in digital hella hamburg halfmarathon and wish the best of luck!
Your BMS team

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