Around 3000 Participants in the 12th Run Against The Right

6 June 2023

Around 3000 Participants in the 12th Run Against The Right

Under the motto “Solidarity instead of nationalism”, around 3,000 people walked around the Alster on Whit Monday (May 29th). The marathon department of FC St. Pauli invited to the twelfth run against the right.

The conditions couldn’t have been better: The sun was already shining over the Outer Alster in the morning when the around 100 helpers* were preparing the stands for the run: luggage storage, late registration, coffee, cake and other food – at an event like this there is always a lot to do organize and prepare. This also includes an infrastructure for speeches and music, paramedics and, of course, toilets and waste disposal facilities must be available. A total of around 3000 people had registered for the run. This year, three people from the FC St. Bloque México fan club came to take part.

Shortly before 10 a.m., FCSP President Oke Göttlich counted down the last ten seconds to the starting signal – and the first group of runners set off at a sporty pace from the Alster meadow in Schwanenwik towards the north. The first kilometres of the approximately 7.25-kilometre route is rather winding and sometimes narrow before the runners can really pick up the pace on the opposite bank at the Alster meadow. After just over 25 minutes, the first runner crossed the finish line at the southern entrance to the festival grounds, while other runners stayed under the 30-minute mark. But time is of secondary importance in this run, even the runners, who had circled the Alster after more than an hour, were frenetically cheered on and celebrated.

The event in the ballroom

A kick-off event for the run against the right had already taken place on Tuesday (May 23) in the South Ballroom of the Millerntor. The left-wing politician Katharina König from Thuringia and the Hamburg historian Volker Weiß discussed the topic of solidarity instead of nationalism. They explained why solidarity should never be exclusive, but should always be thought of as inclusive. Right-wing attempts to define the concept of solidarity using national categories have always led to the exclusion of many people.

The more than 80 visitors in the well-filled ballroom listened to the often pointed and clear statements and knowledgeable analyzes of the speakers, who also discussed controversial strategies against right-wing activities.

After the run on Whit Monday, many participants wanted to set off to support the 1st women of the FCSP in the cup final in the Stadion an der Hoheluft against Union Tornesch. Keyword support: The marathon department donates the proceeds from the run against the right to anti-fascist initiatives. 


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