Participate, donate and show your solidarity!
Unfortunately, this year the annual run around Göttingen’s historic town centre has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This is why we – the association “Göttingen für Seenotrettung im Mittelmeer e.V.” – together with the initiative Seebrücke Göttingen, have decided to offer you an alternative event that will also raise money for a good cause. We therefore invite you to join us and participate in our virtual charity-run on July 12th. The money raised at this event will go towards providing medical care for refugees in Greek camps.
How can I participate?
Taking part is very easy! On July 12th all participants are given the entire day to run the distance that they have selected when registering (5km or 10km). This means that all participants can run wherever and whenever they want, according to the current social-distance guidelines, while still participating in a common event. All you need to do is to record your run with a fitness-tracking app, go on our website, enter your results and upload a screenshot as evidence. You will be given time until 2 am the following day to upload your results.
As soon as we have received all results, we will publish the rankings on our website. However, if you do not want your name to appear in the rankings you can indicate so in the registration-form. In case you run further than the distance that you registered for, we will simply determine your finishing time on the basis of your average pace.
Anybody can participate in this event. Whether you want to run or walk the distance is completely up to you. However, if you are under 18, your parents have to complete the registration form for you.
Can we participate as a team?
Of course! If you and your family, flatmates, colleagues or friends want to run as a team, you can indicate so in the registration form. All you need to do is to state the (exact) same name of your team and decide on whether you all want to run 5km or 10 km. A team consists of, at most, four people.
On the day of the event, all members of your team can run individually. In fact, due to the current situation, we would ask you not to run as a group, unless you are living together. In the end, all of you will be ranked both individually and as a team.
How can I participate, if I do not have a tracking-app?
Using a tracking-app is the best way to ensure a fair competition. This is why we would encourage you to borrow a smartphone or smartwatch from somebody to use on the day of the run if you do not possess one. If you cannot do so, please get in touch with us so that we can figure out a way for you to participate.
Where can I register?
Simply visit our website and fill in the registration form. Once we have processed your registration we will send you an email with all the information you need as well as your bib number for you to print out at home.
Registration will be open till 2 pm of the day of the event. However, we would like to encourage you to register ahead of time in order to avoid potential delays.
Since we are a non-profit organisation we will not ask you for any registration fee. Instead, we would like you to consider making a donation. We suggest a donation of 3 € for the 5k-run and 5€ for the 10k-run. If needed, we can send you a receipt for your donation. Our bank details are:
Göttingen für Seenotrettung im Mittelmeer e.V.
DE 87 2605 0001 0056 0842 05
Where will the donations go?
We will donate the money raised at this event to the NGO Medical Volunteers International in order to support their work in refugee camps all over Greece.
Medical Volunteers International e.V. recruits medical professionals to work as volunteers in conflict areas and refugee camps. It currently provides health care to refugees in Athens, Thessaloniki and Lesbos, treating up to 4.000 people each month. Apart from primary health care, the organisation offers psychological support and health education. Moreover, Medical Volunteers International runs an epidemic-prevention program in overcrowded refugee camps such as the one on the island of Lesbos, which despite having a capacity of around 3.000 people is currently hosting up to 16.000 refugees.
How can I get in touch with you?
This is a decentralised event, which means that participants are strongly advised not to run as a group, unless they live together. This also applies to those who have registered as a team.
We also ask you to keep a distance of 1,5 meters towards others you might meet while running. We therefore advise you not to use crowded routes and instead consider alternative tracks.
Please also refer to the current Corona-guidelines set out by the federal and state government.