In terms of corporate challenge races and other running events, there is just as much going on at the Bad Harzburg location as in Ludwigsburg. During the period from mid-May to early June alone, we had colleagues taking part in three races, one of them a mountain marathon. There are distances to suit every ability, meaning that keen runners can find just the right event for them. Why not join us at the next event?

The first of these three races was the 28th Goslar Old Town Race on 14 May 2017. This is a real community race and has now become something of an institution in Goslar. It is a day when the whole town takes to the streets – as runners, race support, cheerleaders or spectators. There is something for every fitness level – from the 500 metre fun run to the 10 km ‘everyman’ race. Participant numbers broke previous records again this year with 1513 people starting. Our Bad Harzburg location had four representatives in the race this year, but we hope to beat this number next year!

The MANN+HUMMEL team at the 28th Goslar Old Town Race on 14 May 2017

MANN+HUMMEL teams active participants in the 3rd Harz Corporate Challenge Race

There were a lot more green jerseys to be seen at the 3rd Harz Corporate Challenge Race on 31 May 2017. Five MANN+HUMMEL teams, each with four participants, took to the starting line for this corporate challenge relay race. The teams were put together based on last year’s results. This time we wanted to make sure we had a fast mixed team and a fast men’s team. Both teams performed really well.

One thing that I particularly liked was the fact that the race saw colleagues from all departments and levels taking part, with our Managing Director and our Operations Manager also among the runners. Even the Production Manager from Sonneberg made a special trip to Bad Harzburg for the event because he enjoyed our local corporate challenge race so much last year. Altogether, 400 teams lined up at the start. The race route was two kilometres long and went right through the ‘Bürgerpark’ (citizens’ park]) in Wernigerode. The event had a really great atmosphere.

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Steep ascents at the Mountain Marathon in Bad Harzburg

Last but not least was the 11th Bad Harzburg Mountain Marathon on 3 June with views of the Brocken (the highest peak in the Harz mountain range). This running event has a long tradition. Every year on Whit Saturday, both runners and walkers can take on the challenge of an active run, a fitness run, a half marathon or a marathon on various routes. With the half marathon and marathon distances, entrants have to tackle an ascent to 618 metres above sea level. But there are also shorter distances at lower altitudes. The start and finish lines are on the racecourse of the Harzburg horseracing association.

The MANN+HUMMEL entrants at the 11th Bad Harzburg Mountain Marathon on 3 June 2017

The MANN+HUMMEL entrants at the 11th Bad Harzburg Mountain Marathon on 3 June 2017

Goals as motivation and balance

Speaking about goals, when I enter a race I set myself goals, for example I want to get a time of so many minutes. I find that this is an important balance to my job, where goals are often set by others. With running, I set my own goals. They give me the motivation to train each week. Running in particular is an easy way of unwinding and being physically active, whether at home or away on business – just put your running shoes on and you’re all set.

Felix Braun attends a MarathonNext up is the Wurmberg Challenge on 21 October 2017

We are of course already in training for our next running event. The Wurmberg Challenge is being held in Braunlage for the first time this year on 21 October and will take in Lower Saxony’s highest peak, the Wurmberg. This extreme race with natural and man-made obstacles challenges participants to the max, as you can tell from the course names: ‘Kill me’ (12+ km) and ‘Kill me again’ (24 km), where you have to tackle 500 metres of altitude either once or twice. There is also a children’s race, the ‘Wuermchen-Lauf’ [race for little worms], which covers 2 km.

I would like to invite all our colleagues from the locations of Bad Harzburg, Himmelkron, Ludwigsburg, Marklkofen, Sonneberg and Speyer to join us at the next running events here in the Bad Harzburg area. Please contact me if you are interested! I will be organising race entries for us again next year.