European Champion Richard Ringer will run his next marathon in Hamburg on 23rd April. Organisers announced this today during a press conference with the runner, who became Germany’s first male marathon gold medal winner in the long history of the continental championships.
The Haspa Marathon Hamburg is Germany’s major spring marathon. Online entry for the event is possible at: www.haspa-marathon-hamburg.de
“To have Germany’s first ever male European Marathon Champion on the start line next spring is something really special and makes us feel proud. We hope Richard’s commitment to our event will give the Haspa Marathon Hamburg another boost after the fantastic race we had this year,“ said chief organiser Frank Thaleiser. In April this year both course records were smashed in Hamburg. Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw clocked 2:17:23 which at that time was an unofficial world debut record while Kenya’s Cybrian Kotut won with 2:04:47.
“I made up my mind quickly after the European Championships and decided to go for a spring marathon in 2023. Hamburg and its organiser MHV are a perfect fit for me,“ said Richard Ringer, who travelled from the very southwest of Germany to the north to attend the press conference in Hamburg on Wednesday.
It was just two years ago when Richard Ringer ran his marathon debut in Valencia. Since then he has established himself as a strong championship runner. In the Olympic marathon in Sapporo in 2021 he achieved a fine 26th place and this summer he stormed to the European gold medal in sensational style in Munich. However when he will come back to Hamburg in April Richard Ringer will have a different goal. This one will be about a fast time on a flat course. The 33 year-old currently has a personal best of 2:08:49. He should be able to run considerably faster than that if weather conditions are favourable.
Additionally Richard Ringer plans further ahead: „I am already looking towards the Olympic Games in Paris in 2024. So it is important to me to run a good marathon time next spring.“ With a fast time in Hamburg he could make an early and decisive step towards Olympic selection for Paris.
More information about the Haspa Marathon Hamburg and online entry is available at: www.haspa-marathon-hamburg.de
PHOTO: Richard Ringer in Hamburg during the press conference. Credit : Henning Pommée / Haspa Marathon Hamburg