Overview and history
Every spring, runners from near and far gather for one of Hamburg's most scenic competative running events: the Wilhelmsburger Insellauf (lit. 'Wilhelmsburg Island Run).
The Insellauf run first took place in 1981 at the behest of the Eisenbahner-Sportverein Einigkeit (lit. ‘Railway Sport Club Union’). To honor this history, the race has awarded a different railway-themed medal every year since its inception.
Today, participants have a selection of races to choose from, including the Elbe Island Half Marathon (21.0975 km), the ten-kilometre long Inselzehner (‘Island Ten’), the five-kilometre Mühlenlauf (‘mill run’) and the one-kilometre-long school run for runners under 18.
Each of these circuits take runners through some of Wilhelmsburg’s most scenic areas, including along the Dove-Elbe and the Moorwerder Elbe dyke, to the finish line in Krieterstrasse in the heart of Wilhelmsburg.
Regardless of which race you choose, expect the crowds to cheer when you cross the finish line. There you will also find the event centre complete with food and drink stalls, live music stage, and a bouncy castle for the kids. Runners can relax here after the races, while spectators can enjoy the whole day to the fullest.
Vitit the Wilhelmsburger Insellauf run online for more information, including how to register.
Wilhelmsburger Insellauf 2023 dates TBA.