Getting you started

Dear half marathoners,

the excitement is on the rise, anticipation comes with every running session and the skin is about to tingle… This is what your whole preparation was leading up to and the time has finally come.

To get you prepared for race day, we would like to provide you with some important information, which gets you started. Further information will follow at a later time.


1. Before the race

Where do I get my race documents?

You will receive your race documents on the event weekend at the Hamburg Messe + Congress. Please head to the Entrance East on St. Petersburger Strasse 1, Hamburg. Due to the very limited parking options in the area, we recommend using public transportation to get there. These are your options:

  • Underground line U1 to U-Stephansplatz (Oper/CCH) – approx. 10 min. walk
  • Underground line U2 to U-Messehallen – approx. 7 min. walk
  • City railway S11, S21 or S31 as well as regional and long-distance trains to S-Dammtor (Messe/CCH) – approx. 9 min. walk
  • Underground line U1 to U-Stephansplatz (Oper/CCH) – approx. 10 min. by foot.

On race day you can also use the free bicycle parking lot (see Area map Expo // Foyer Entrance East). Should you still intend to travel by car, we recommend that you look for a parking space on the Heiligengeistfeld early. Please note that due to a third-party event, parking is likely to be limited.

When do I get my race documents?

Our gates will be open at the following times:

  • Fri, 23 June 2023: 2.00 to 6.00 p.m.
  • Sat, 24 June 2023: 10.00 a.m. to 18.30 p.m.
  • Sun, 25 June 2023: 7.00 to 8.30 a.m.

You will need the email with your race number (digital or printed) for pickup. Please state your race number on site (see above).

Pro tip: You can also pick up the race documents of other participants. In this case, show the email of that person.


What am I supposed to do with my race documents?
  • Runners

The bib number is to be worn unchanged and visibly on the front of your sportswear. You can have safety pins for attachment it on site. The bib number also contains a small, detachable section which you should use to mark your luggage for the use of the free luggage service.

The official BMS Chip or a rental substitute is used for timing. The latter you will receive with your race documents. The chip needs to be attached on top of your feet. Tie it tightly into the laces of your running shoe so that it lies flat on it. After the run, it must be returned in the blue containers labeled Chip-Rückgabe (chip return) in the post finish area. Do not hesitate to ask the staff on site for help if needed. Otherwise, you will be charged a penalty fee of 15.00 Euros.

  • Skaters

Please use the three-part bib number as follows: Attach the large part visibly to the back of your sportswear. You can have safety pins for attachment on site. The bib number also contains a small, detachable part which you should use to mark your luggage for the use of the free luggage service. Another section must be attached to the right thigh for identification by the finish camera.

An active transponder is used for timing. The transponder is attached to the ankle with velcro tape. After the run, it must be returned in the blue containers labeled Chip-Rückgabe (chip return) in the post finish area. Do not hesitate to ask the staff on site for help if needed. Otherwise, you will be charged a penalty fee of 90.00 Euros.

Where can I get official merch?

If you have ordered the official finisher shirt, you will find a pickup slip with your race documents. Please present this at the shirt counter, which you will find to the right of the exit (see also Area map Expo // Foyer Entrance East). The shirt can also be purchased on the weekend of the event. However, only while stocks last!

You can also buy the official signature Socks v3 here for 20.00 Euros.

2. The race

When will the race start?

The start will take place in blocks to ensure that the flow of participants is always comfortable on the course. It also helps to relieve critical areas such as narrower sections of the course, water points as well as the post finish area.

Support this by arriving at the pre-start area at the times listed below according to your expected finish time (see Area map Reeperbahn/Glacischaussee // Start Area).

8.30 a.m. – Block S: Skating
9.00 a.m. – Block A: Running sub 1h45m
9.15 a.m. – Block B: Running sub 2h00m
9.30 a.m. – Block C: Running sub 2h15m
9.45 a.m. – Block D: Running sub 3h30m

Note that the starting blocks will gradually move up to the starting line. Pay attention to the signs and pa announcer on site.

How will the course & finish supply will be handed?

The hella hamburg half is a summer event and this requires special precautions. To ensure an optimal supply for all athletes at any time, we developed a extensive suppy concept.

There will be 7 water supply point along the course in total. They are located at KM 3.7 – 7.0 – 9.3 – 12.4 – 15.0 – 17.5 and 19.7 (see course map). Please also make use of the supply points at the start and the start line-up area. Note that you do not have to wait in line to get your water. Just look for a free spot along the supply station to “refuel” so the flow of the race keeps going.

New: We now offer hella AKTIV (isotonic drink) in addition to water at the supply stations 5, 6 and 7.

To prevent your body from overheating, each supply station provides a shower and water tanks with sponges. We therefore ask all participants to make good use of these in the event of heat, while drinks will only be used for drinking. Additional showers can be found in front of the start and the finish line and also in the post finish area. Wet your head and body and bring a headgear with you.

Skaters can be unconcerned since the showers will not be activated until the field has passed.

After you finished you can look forward to a large range of different of refreshments drinks from the hella assortment, ERDINGER Alkoholfrei (non-alcoholic beer), fresh fruit and snacks for recovery.

3. Services

Is there a map for all locations?

There is! To make sure you find everything in right time, take a look at our area maps below. It also includes all the routes to get in and out of the event area.

What else is going on at the race weekend?

Thanks for asking! Do not miss our supporting program featuring shake out runs, pilates, panel talks and an aftershow party. Interested? Great! The whole program can be found here.

Can I use my bib number for public transportation?

Yes! Your bib number works as a ticket in the hvv area and can be used for a ride to the area and back (within the rings A–F).

Where can store my luggage?

On the day of the event, you can leave one piece of luggage in Hall B5 on the exhibition grounds free of charge. You can reach this area via three entrances: Via Gate B6 (Holstenglacis), via Foyer Entrance East or via St. Petersburger Straße (see are plans). Please use the detachable section on your bib number to mark your luggage.

Will there be changing rooms and sanitary facilities?

Of course! Changing rooms, toilets and showers are located in hall B5 of the expo area. You will find additional toilets in the foyer east. Mobile toilets are also located in the pre start area and at every water supply station.

What if I am in need of a massage?

After finishing the race you can take advantage of our free massage service in Hall B5.

Will there be Pacemakers?

Our Pacemaker team will help you to reach your desired finish time. Look out for the runners with beach flags on their backs in the starting area. 4 pacemakers each will take care of the important target times of 1:30, 1:45, 2:00 and 2:15 h.

What about a pre-race warmup?

Before you reach the start line on the Reeperbahn, you will enjoy our pre-race warmup show. During the five-minute warm-up program, we will loosen up muscles and get ready for the race.

Is there anything else nice to know about the race course?

The course is measured exactly according to the specifications of the World Athletics to 21.0975 km and is therefore suitable for the best list. Each kilometer will be marked with kilometer signs helping you keeping the pace.

I booked the medal engraving. Where do I redeem it?

If you booked the optional medal engraving with your registration, you can get it in Hall B5. You can also purchase the engraving on site for 10.00 Euros.

Will there be photos of participants?

Keep smiling! We have once a team of photographers on different locations along the course to capture you from your best side. You can purchase your best snapshots in the upcoming week at

Is there any merchandise?

Cool, stylish, sustainable…. That’s how the new collection of hella hamburg half presents itself. With the sportswear from the pros of runamics you will run with a good conscience as your passenger. Click here for more information.

Will the event be broadcasted on tv?

The 29. hella hamburg half will be broadcasted on Hamburg 1 (local network) from 8.45 till 10.45 am. Additionally to that you can also watch the race on our official YouTube-Channel.

Where can I get my result and certificate?

You can check your result online directly after you crossed the finish line. On Wednesday, June, 28th. You can download your certificate when the final ranking is published. Furthermore you can also purchase your printed certificate for 2.00 Euros at the foyer east.

When will the award ceremonies take place?

Honor to whom honor is due! At the times listed below, the winners in the following categories will be honored on the stage close the entrance of the Foyer East:

  • ca. 11.30 a.m. | Skaters
    • German Inline Cup, Speed-category, ranks 1–3 (f/m)
    • German Inline Cup, Fitness-category, ranks 1–3 (f/m)
  • ca. 11.45 a.m. | Runners
    • overall, ranks 1–6 (f/m)
    • national, ranks 1­–3 (f/m)

That’ll be it. We wish you a successful race. Should you have further more questions, please do not hesitate contacting our staff.

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