WHY NOT.

STORY TOLD by Eugen Fink

Pictures by Max Menning

It was a rainy Sunday evening when we, the very first KRAFT Runners (Marco, Manu, Niko, Niklas, Noah and I, Eugen), met for dinner in the back of a restaurant in Berlin Mitte. Earlier that day, we ran a 10k and scored some personal bests and afterwards we wanted to celebrate with delicious food and tasty beers – yum! Celebrate and put our heads together to plan a run which would happen only 5 days later.
We wanted to run to Hamburg, simple. ;) Sounds crazy but we thought that, in a team, those almost 300 kilometres would be manageable for us. (Marco had run his first Marathon only 3 weeks prior and broke the 3 hour barrier, right away!)
So we divided tasks, planned a route, rented a car, booked ourselves two one-bed hotel rooms, created an Instagram and Facebook account and made an event for friends & family to come to our gig: A meet-up at the Brandenburg Gate from where we would head off to Hamburg.

So this was it. Our start. Our kick-off. 

So, that very Friday, after work, we met and couldn't believe that almost 30 people showed up to see us start that unofficial yet very real race.

 Pre-race get together

Pre-race get together

 Heartfelt support

Heartfelt support

 ... and emotional good-byes

... and emotional good-byes

As the man with the idea, Marco took the red baton and started the race. With a flare. Next to the french embassy (because, ehm, for the visuals!).

 Marco starting his first leg

Marco starting his first leg

And guess what. We finished first! haha.

No, but seriously. The 280 kilometre long journey took us 21 hours and a lot of nerves. We almost didn't sleep as the car we rented was way (!) too small for us. Additionally, every one of us had to bike the same amount as was accompanied by someone on a bike, riding the whole leg besides him.

 Our goal in Hamburg: Landungsbrücken – by <random tourist>

Our goal in Hamburg: Landungsbrücken – by <random tourist>

After we arrived, we headed directly to the hotel as we were tired af. BUT, after waking up, we enjoyed some wellness and a massive kebap in order to have some drinks and to go straight to a club until 8 in the morning.

End end. ;)

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That relay summarised in one short clip.

281.2km, 21:15 hours, Ø 4:31 min/km – clip by Eugen Fink

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