Haftom Welday | My Journey to Paris

My Goals

  • 2021: Move to Hamburg – done!
  • 2022: Get German citizenship – done!
  • 2022: Best running time – in Berlin done!
  • 2022: Admission to the national squad – I’m in!
  • 2023: World Athletics Championships in Budapest
  • 2023: Qualification for the Olympic Games in Paris
  • 2024: Take part in the Olympic Games in Paris

My Results

  • Marathon: 2:09:06 – Berlin, 25 Septeber 2022
  • 5 km: 13:32 – Lausanne, 2 October 2021
  • Marathon: 2:13:47 – Berlin, 26 September 2021
  • Half marathon: 1:02:47 – Berlin, 22 August 2021
  • Profile on World Athletics

Next Stop Hamburg!

I will be competing at the Hamburg Marathon on April 23 in my new home town. If my elevation training continues to go so well, I’ll try to beat the Olympic marathon standard of 2:08:10. The Haspa Hamburg Marathon digital press conference today was also joined by Hamburg’s top runner Tabea Theman, who called in from Iten, Kenya. High altitude training is so important! In Ethiopia I am currently training very hard together with Tadu Abate, a great runner, third in Berlin 2022, who has also already won the Hamburg Marathon and told me a lot of good things about the event. He also took the photo this morning after training 😉

My Journey

My journey has been unusual. As a young person in my old East African homeland of Tigray, I enjoyed playing soccer with my friends. But running? No! I had no desire to do that back then.

In 2014, fleeing war and violence, I left my old home in Tigray. My dangerous trip took me through the Sahara and across the Mediterranean to Europe. I thank God that I survived the journey!

My Journey

My journey has been unusual. As a young person in my old East African homeland of Tigray, I enjoyed playing soccer with my friends. But running? No! I had no desire to do that back then.

In 2014, fleeing war and violence, I left my old home in Tigray. My dangerous trip took me through the Sahara and across the Mediterranean to Europe. I thank God that I survived the journey!

Visit From Runner’s World

Visit From Runner’s World

Michael Simon (text) und Marcus Vogel (photos) from Runner’s World visited me and my family in Hamburg. The result is a very personal portrait that has just been published in the January issue. Many thanks for your effort and care - the ten-page (!) article is really...

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Fastest German in Berlin!

Fastest German in Berlin!

Photo © Manfred SteffnyWhat a week: Became a German citizen on Monday, was fastest German at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday! I had planned a lot for this run – and my plan worked out. My goal was to stay under 2:10. I was even able to improve in the second half....

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It’s Done!

It’s Done!

It’s done: I got my German citizenship on Monday! Another milestone on my way to the 2024 Olympics in Paris has been reached. I can't express how grateful I am and happy I feel. There is no time to celebrate, however, because on Sunday I will be competing in the...

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