#12 Laufbericht 24.02.2018

Diese Woche trotzten 26 Teilnehmer den kalten Temperaturen und legten die 5 parkrun Kilometer zurück.
Davon nahmen 9 zum ersten Mal bei einem parkrun teil – herzlich willkommen!

Außerdem schien die Kälte (oder der laute Jubel unserer Helfer) einige zu beflügeln und so wurden 7 persönliche Bestzeiten erreicht!

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Zusätzlich durften wir Besucher aus Glasgow begrüßen.
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Auch diese Woche wurde parkrun von freiwilligen Helfern organisiert und bei Ihnen möchten wir uns herzlich bedanken!

Svenja BECK • Martin BECK • David JONES • Karen CHU • Susanne GABRIEL
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Wenn Du auch Lust hast bei parkrun mitzuhelfen, dann kannst du uns eine E-Mail schicken an neckarauteam@parkrun.com und den aktuellen Helferplan kannst du unter folgendem Link einsehen http://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/futureroster/.
Die gesamten Ergebnisse kannst Du unter folgendem Link finden http://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/results/latestresults/

 

#12 Run Report 24.02.18

Despite the cold this week 26 people ran, jogged and walked the course.

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It was great to welcome 9 first timers to parkrun, it was lovely to see you today.

A warm welcome also to our parkrun tourists from Glasgow!

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For some the cold meant some fast times and so 7 of you were able to record a personal best- congratulations!

The event was made possible by 5 volunteers:

Svenja BECK • Martin BECK • David JONES • Karen CHU • Susanne GABRIEL

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If you would also like to help out send us an email on neckarauteam@parkrun.com . You can also find the future roster under following link https://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/futureroster/

Today's full results and a complete event history can be found on the Neckarau parkrun Results Page.

The male record is held by Pedro COSTA who recorded a time of 18:08 on 2nd December 2017 (event number 1).
The female record is held by Sophia LORKE who recorded a time of 21:46 on 10th February 2018 (event number 10).
The Age Grade course record is held by Pedro COSTA who recorded 75.83% (18:08) on 2nd December 2017 (event number 1).

Neckarau parkrun started on 2nd December 2017. Since then 174 participants have completed 397 parkruns covering a total distance of 1,985 km, including 88 new Personal Bests.

 

#11 Run Report

What a great way to start the weekend! Thank you all for joining us today for the 11th Parkrun. Every week we see new runners and walkers and we look forward to welcoming you to the Parkrun family.

42 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 9 ran their first ever parkrun. 11 runners recorded new PBs. Super job!

Nice to see our skitourists from Riddlesdown (UK) again this week - safe journey home!

Thank you for coming from Kaiserslautern, Neustadt, Karlsruhe, Ludwigshafen, Edingen and of course Mannheim. It’s so nice to spend the Saturday morning with all of you.

Thanks so much to this week’s “High-vis-heroes”, without whom we could not run our event.

Today was the volunteer take over day by Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) / Kitz Club in Heidelberg and Dr David Jones took a turn as as run director for the first time. You all did a super job, bravo!

Today’s parkrun was brought to you by the awesome support of the following fabulous folk:

Barbara WORST • Britta ISMER • David JONES • Jasmin MANGEI • Klaus HAHN • Maximilian DENG • Sonja KRAUSERT

Today's timings and a complete event history can be found on the Neckarau parkrun Results Page: https://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/results/latestresults/

We hope that we will see many of you next again Saturday. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming one of our volunteer helpers and joining the "High-Vis-Heroes"!

 

#11 Laufbericht

Was für ein toller Start in das Wochenende! Danke Euch allen, dass Ihr uns heute zum 11. parkrun begleitet habt.

Wir sehen jede Woche neue Läufer und Spaziergeher und freuen uns, Euch in der parkrun-Familie begrüßen zu dürfen.

Wir haben heute einen kleinen Meilenstein gefeiert. Rainer ist der erste unserer Läufer, der an 10 Veranstaltungen teilgenommen hat. Nur noch 40 und er bekommt ein kostenloses T-Shirt! Danke, Rainer, für die weitere Unterstützung von Neckarau Parkrun - wir freuen uns auf jede Woche Dich zu sehen und dass parkrun ein Familienlauf für dich ist, finden wir großartig!

42 Teilnehmer rannten, joggten und spazierten die Strecke. 9 dieser Teilnehmer rannten ihren ersten Parkrun. 11 Läufer haben neue PBs verzeichnet. Super Leistung!

Schön, Skitouristen aus Riddlesdown (UK) wieder zu sehen - komm gut nach Hause!

Danke, dass Ihr aus Kaiserslautern, Neustadt, Karlsruhe, Ludwigshafen, Edingen und natürlich Mannheim gekommen seid. Schön, den Samstagmorgen mit Euch allen zu verbringen.

Und als letztes möchten wir uns bei unseren “High-vis-heroes” bedanken. Unser Event wäre ohne Euch nicht möglich gewesen.

Heute war der Freiwillige take-over vom Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ) / Kitz Club in Heidelberg und Dr. David Jones ist zum ersten Mal als Laufdirektor an der Reihe. Ihr habt alle einen super Job gemacht, bravo!

Also, vielen Dank an unsere freiwilligen Helfer:
Barbara WORST • Britta ISMER • David JONES • Jasmin MANGEI • Klaus HAHN • Maximilian DENG • Sonja KRAUSERT

Die heutigen Ergebnisse könnt Ihr auf unserer Website finden: http://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/results/latestresults/

Wir hoffen das wir viele von Euch nächsten Samstag wieder sehen werden. Bitte lasst uns wissen wenn Ihr Interesse habt einer unserer Freiwilligen Helfer zu werden und den “High-Vis-Heroes” bei zu treten!

 

#10 Run Report

What a great atmosphere this morning at parkrun number 10. Lots of new runners and plenty of smiling faces. The weather is kinder each week and we were back on our home course at last. Thank you for starting your weekend with us.

44 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 12 ran their first ever parkrun. 11 runners recorded new PBs. Super job!

We welcomed tourists from Lancaster (UK) and a whole family of fast runners from Riddlesdown (UK) - South London representing! It seems Mannheim is a great stopover for skiers on the way to Austria ;-)

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It's really great to see so many regulars coming to join us each week from Mannheim and the surrounding areas. Without you guys there is no parkrun!

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Thanks so much to this week’s “High-vis-heroes”, without whom we could not run our event.

Thomas did his first stint as our youngest volunteer today and did a great job at handing out finisher tokens. He looked pretty cool too!

Today’s parkrun was brought to you by the awesome support of the following fabulous folk:

Michelle PURSE • Julie NORTON • David SWEENEY • David JONES • Martin KENNEDY • Karen CHU • Thomas RAW • Sonja KRAUSERT

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Today's timings and a complete event history can be found on the Neckarau parkrun Results Page: http://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/results/latestresults/

We hope that we will see many of you next again Saturday. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming one of our volunteer helpers and joining the "High-Vis-Heroes"!

 

#10 Laufbericht

Was für eine großartige Atmosphäre heute Morgen bei Parkrun Nummer 10. Viele neue Läufer und viele lächelnde Gesichter. Das Wetter ist jede Woche freundlicher und wir waren endlich wieder auf unserem Heimatkurs. Danke, dass du dein Wochenende bei uns begonnen hast.

44 Teilnehmer rannten, joggten und spazierten die Strecke. 12 dieser Teilnehmer rannten ihren ersten Parkrun. 11 Läufer haben neue PBs verzeichnet. Super Leistung!

Wir begrüßten Touristen aus Lancaster (UK) und eine ganze Familie von Schnellläufern aus Riddlesdown (UK) - South London! Es scheint, als sei Mannheim ein großartiger Zwischenstopp für Skifahrer auf dem Weg nach Österreich ;-)

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Es ist wirklich toll, so viele Stammgäste zu sehen, die jede Woche aus Mannheim und Umgebung kommen. Ohne euch gibt es keinen Parkrun!

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Und als letztes möchten wir uns bei unseren “High-vis-heroes” bedanken. Unser Event wäre ohne Euch nicht möglich gewesen.

Thomas hat heute seinen ersten Einsatz als jüngster Freiwilliger gemacht und hat großartige Arbeit geleistet, Platzierungkarten zu verteilen. Er sah auch ziemlich cool aus!

Also, vielen Dank an unsere freiwilligen Helfer:

Michelle PURSE • Julie NORTON • David SWEENEY • David JONES • Martin KENNEDY • Karen CHU • Thomas RAW • Sonja KRAUSERT

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Die heutigen Ergebnisse könnt Ihr auf unserer Website finden: http://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/results/latestresults/

Wir hoffen das wir viele von Euch nächsten Samstag wieder sehen werden. Bitte lasst uns wissen wenn Ihr Interesse habt einer unserer Freiwilligen Helfer zu werden und den “High-Vis-Heroes” bei zu treten!

 

How We Started Up parkrun in Neckarau

I expected a complicated process fraught with administrative hurdles, egos fighting for pole position and a steep learning curve in running terms and technology. But setting up Neckarau parkrun has been a smooth, fun and collaborative experience from start to finish.

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The idea came to us whilst on the beach on vacation...

Parkrun was huge in the UK but it started just after we moved to Germany and there was nothing like it here. Running clubs felt a bit serious and commited. Running with mates was a bit too loose and easy to cancel.

So we got on touch with parkrun UK and asked if we could start one locally. Our timing was perfect. Germany was high priority and a small delegate from HQ including the founder, Paul Sinton-Hewitt, soon after spent a week touring Germany to meeting prospective Event Directors and review course locations.

We all met for dinner at our propsed post-parkrun coffee spot. I suppose we were expecting to be interviewed to establish our credentials for setting up a parkrun, which would have been tough as we had only virtual experience of parkrun through friends and family in the UK. We assumed we would have to find a more experienced team to get approved.

But in fact they came to us gave us an enthusiastic and very personal presention about parkrun and all its benefits. Which is when we realised they were actually there to ‚sell it‘ to us, not the other way around!

We fessed up our inexperience and Global MD, Tom Williams said that was even more important... we hadn‘t experienced parkrun ourselves, yet we ‚got‘ the concept of it immediately. And that meant he knew we could convey it to others in Germany. We were in fact the idea candidates to launch one of the first parkruns in Germany. We were up and running!

The next morning we ran our proposed course together and in turn had quiet conversations along the route about what running outdoors, feeling a connection with nature and other people meant to us. A handful of parkrunners also turned up to join us on the run. Two were on vacation nearby and made an extra stop over to join us. Another two were parkrunners from the UK now living back near Mannheim, and have since become part of our core volunteer team.

That was the moment we knew this would work. People coming together on Saturday mornings, no matter what their ability, to walk, jog or run in a beautiful park and make connections.

The next steps were so smooth and seamless that its hard to now understand what we were so worried about.

David (our Event Director) was added to a slack group for German Event Directors to stay in communication with our country manager, Jakub Fedowicz. There is an entire process in place to start up a park run, which just needed to be adapted to a new country. So several members from all of the prospective new parkruns also helpes to create some of the core documentation in German too.

Building the Team

David‘s first job was to establish a core team of volunteers. From Run Directors (who take turns to be responsible for the weekly run) to marshalls, time keepers and barcode scanners. Jakub put us in touch with anyone who had been in touch with parkrun HQ expressing an interest in helping out and was local to us. News was already spreading that parkrun was coming to Germany via parkrun’s own weekly newsletter and social media, so there was some momentum gathering.

So this is probably the most important part - building the core team. parkrun stands on its volunteers and it cannot rely on just 1-2 people to put an event together week after week so HQ made sure we only started once we had enough people in place.

Building this team has been the most rewarding part - our team have quickly become good friends.
We’ve been lucky enough to have the Nidda (Frankfurt) crew as part of our team from the outset as they wanted to start their parkrun little later than us so that they could go through the start up process with us and we could all learn together. As a consequence we feel like we have a really close connection to our (currently) closest parkrun in Frankfurt and share a lot of resources. But of course we also lost some of our core volunteers once they started up - but luckily we have new ones joining regularly now.

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We were also very fortunate to have a couple join us as run directors with a lot of parkrun experience. Martin and Svenja Beck had both been run directors at their local parkrun in Jells, Melbourne, Australia before moving back to Germany in October 2017. Their knowledge and enthusiasm was invaluable throughout the set up program. They took away our fear of the unknown and (also being native Germans) helped to reassure us about cultural elements that we were worried might need to be adapted to work here.
We all keep in touch throughout each week via our own slack channel which helps to reduce email traffic to zero.

We initially got together a list of 12 volunteers which was enough to get us the green light to get started! Check!

Getting Permission

So then we needed to get approval from the city of Mannheim to use the park. We know from other event directors that this process does vary a bit from place to place, but it’s not quite as scary as it sounds.

After a couple of attempts to talk to the personal reponsible for sport and recreation, We were put in touch with the right person - the ranger who maintains the park.

He confirmed that as its an open public park, we could use it as long as we put up no permentant signs and it was a not-for-profit event. Check!

Risk Assessment

Next is a risk assessement to file with parkrun HQ. Identifying possible hazards along the course and potential reasons for cancellation of an event. In our case high winds causing falling trees or flooding from the Rhein and rain are the most likely hazards. Check!

Launch Date

A launch date was agreed between two other eds and the country manager.
Then the collateral needed to set up is ordered and sent up by HQ - volunteer vests, lanyards, signage, posts.

Website and Social Media

Our website and social media accounts (facebook and twitter) were launched and handed over to us for management about two weeks before launch. This is enough time to start promoting the first event and get used to the admin side of the website. We also added Instagram, Strava and MeetUp.com to our promotional channels and started pushing out posts and information on all.

Volunteer Rota

We also spent time learning to use the parkrun system which manages the volunteer rotas and emails. It‘s a beautifully simple process and very easy to manage.
We aim to have our volunteers all sorted for the following Saturday by Tuesday and send out confirmation emails by Thursday.

Test Run

We held a full tech test rehearsal three weeks before the launch. All of our volunteers came along and we recruited some friends and locals as runners.
We had a team dinner the night before to go over the final plans and calm nerves.

The test run started at 9am to simulate a real parkrun. The RD and FD set out the course signs around 7:30am and figured out quickly that they could have spent another 20mins in bed. Marshalls arrived at 8:15am ( since changed to 8:30) and were sent out to the positions we felt were most logical and then after the run briefing let our test runners loose on the course.

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It was a really lovely event and went well. We got some useful feedback from the runners and made some notes to change a few signs for the inaugral event.

After the run we retired to our local cafe for breakfast and processed the results in the parkrun test system. It was really helpful to have Svenja and Martin’s experience when doing this for the first time, but it there is a good walk-through document to help.

And that was it! Dress rehearsal done! Check!

Build up to Launch

Once we had done the dress rehearsal we all felt so much more comfortable about the launch. So we really committed to spreading the word via social media, MeetUp.com and Strava.
We also wrote to some large local companies who shared the event with their employees, which was great.
We fielded lots of messages from parkrun tourists in the week before the launch so we knew we might have a few visitors.
Parkrun HQ sent over a team member to support our launch, which was brilliant. It was reassuring to have someone there to just hold our hand and answer any questions we had. I think mainly Jane just kept telling us we were going to be fine and that we had nothing to worry about.
We held a team dinner the night before launch to calm our nerves, and to toast our first event and celebrate our new friendships.
Throughout the entire pre-laumch Jakub was in constant touch with David to provide support, reassurance and answer any questions, no matter how small. We never felt alone.

Launch

There is little to say about the launch other than it was a storming success! We trusted the parkrun process wntirely and it really set us up to suceed.
We had lots of parkrun tourists come along which was so wonderful for our first event. The atmosphere in the cafe afterwards was pretty special.

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Conclusion

Setting up Neckarau parkrun has been a really simple, fun and stress-free experience. If you are on the fence about starting a parkrun but have concerns about it being too difficult, too stressful and too much of a burden, then take it from us... it really isn‘t!

parkrun have a really great ‚turn key‘ system which will help get you up and running in no time. Everybody really does help each other out whenever needed so you never have to feel overwhelmed and on your own. We really have become a big extended family.

Just go for it - it will change your life and potentially hundred‘s of others too!

#liebeparkrun

 

Common Questions About parkrun

Here we answer some of the most common questions we are asked about parkrun...

I’m not really a ‘serious’ runner, can I come to parkrun?

Absolutely! parkrun welcomes walkers, nordic walkers and dog walkers as well as runners. We’ve also ensured that our course is wheelchair and stroller accessible.

Will I be too slow?

Certainly not. parkrun is not a race. One of our volunteers is a tail walker who will always be the last person on the course to ensure no one else is last and no one gets lost. You will find lots of encouragement from our volunteers and other runners. We take enormous pride in helping you to cross the line.

If it’s not a race, why is it timed?

It’s timed to help you monitor your own performance and improve, if that’s what you want to do. Otherwise, feel free to ignore - there’s no judgement. The stats are simply useful for us to see how we are doing as an event and to ensure we are welcoming people of all abilities.

I am training for a running event, will parkrun help me?

Yes! Whilst parkrun is not a race, you can use it to simulate race event conditions and get used to organised events. Simply position yourself towards the front if you feel you are a faster runner and get some experience of a mass start. The timed element will help you to monitor and improve your performance.

Are you a running club?

Nope. We’re a community of runners who organise a weekly social run and coffee & breakfast. People that might not have considered joining a running club tend to like the relaxed and drop-in nature of parkrun.
If you are a member of a running club you may find new members from our parkrun regulars - you are most welcome to come along, run with us and share information about your club amongst our runners. parkrun does not compete against running clubs - it complements them.

Why do I have to register?

You register to agree to our terms of participation. And also to get your athlete ID and barcode. You print out the barcode and bring it along to parkrun to be scanned after you cross the finish line. This is how you get your time after each event. You only need to register once then you can attend any parkrun in the world - just don’t forget your barcode! #DFYB

parkrun is free? How is it free?

parkrun has global sponsors and some country-level sponsors that provide the financial support to allow us to put on events for free. parkrun has always been free to participate in and always will be. parkrun events are organised on a local level by volunteers who contribute their unpaid time to bring you a weekly timed event, so make sure you give them a smile or a wave when you see one of our high-vis heroes.

I can’t commit to each Saturday. Does that matter?

Not at all! parkrun is not a commitment. Register once and come by whenever you want. We hope you will come often, but it’s totally fine to drop in every now and then. We’re happy to see you whenever you can make it.

I’m not sure I have the time to go for coffee and breakfast afterwards. Is that ok?

Sure thing! The social aspect of meeting for coffee or breakfast at a cafe after parkrun is really important to us - parkrun is a social event, but it's not in any way obligatory. It’s totally fine for you to just run and leave. Some people just run, some run and come for a quick coffee, and others just stay for breakfast every few weeks. It’s all good!

I’d like to volunteer but don’t want to commit to doing it each week. Is that ok?

Hell yeah! We value each and everyone of our high-vis heroes! Volunteering can really add to your parkrun experience, but you don’t have to commit to it often. Once a month, once a quarter or once a year - any time you volunteer is greatly appreciated by us and means one of our core volunteers can get to run! Just drop us a line at neckaurauteam@parkrun.com to let us know you want to occasionally help out.

Remind me when and where I can find parkrun?

Every Saturday morning. We meet at Strandbad parkplatz. If it’s your first time, arrive by 8:50am to hear a short briefing.

When can I register?

www.parkrun.com.de/register

#liebeparkrun

 

#9 Run Report

Icy rain but lots of warm smiles this morning at parkrun number 9. Thank you for starting your weekend with us.

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36 people ran, jogged and walked the course, of whom 7 ran their first ever parkrun. 6 runners recorded new PBs. Great effort! Next week we may perhaps celebrate a mini milestone... it could be that one of our runners will achieve their 10th Neckarau parkrun! We'll see...

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Today we had a tourist visiting from Frankfurt, or should we really say in fact coming home? Great to run with you again, Cathy!

It makes us really happy each week to see familiar faces from Karlsruhe, Neustadt, Sinsheim, Edingen, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen and naturally Mannheim too!

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Thanks so much to this week’s “High-vis-heroes”, without whom we could not run our event. Today’s parkrun was brought to you by the awesome support of the following fabulous folk: Svenja BECK, Martin BECK, Klaus HAHN, David JONES, Luise MIDDEL, Michelle PURSE, Allyn RAW, David SWEENEY, Sylvia TOMKA 2018-02-03 10.04.22

Today's timings and a complete event history can be found on the Neckarau parkrun Results Page: http://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/results/latestresults/

We hope that we will see many of you next again Saturday. Please let us know if you are interested in becoming one of our volunteer helpers and joining the "High-Vis-Heroes"!

 

#9 Laufbericht

Eisiger Regen aber viel warmes Lächeln heute Morgen bei Parkrun Nummer 9. Danke, dass du dein Wochenende bei uns begonnen hast.

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36 Teilnehmer rannten, joggten und spazierten die Strecke. 7 dieser Teilnehmer rannten ihren ersten Parkrun. 6 Läufer haben neue PBs verzeichnet. Super Leistung! Nächste Woche dürfen wir vielleicht einen Mini-Meilenstein feiern ... es könnte sein, dass einer unserer Läufer seinen 10. Neckarau Parkrun erreicht! Wir werden sehen...

 

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Eine Touristin aus Frankfurt besucht uns heute. Oder sollten wir sagen, ist nach Hause gekommen? Schön mit dir mitzulaufen, Cathy!

Es macht uns sehr glücklich, bekannte Gesichter aus Karlsruhe, Neustadt, Sinsheim, Edingen, Heidelberg, Ludwigshafen und natürlich Mannheim zu sehen.

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Und als letztes möchten wir uns bei unseren “High-vis-heros” bedanken. Unser Event wäre ohne Euch nicht möglich gewesen. Also, vielen Dank an unsere freiwilligen Helfer:
Svenja BECK, Martin BECK, Klaus HAHN, David JONES, Luise MIDDEL, Michelle PURSE, Allyn RAW, David SWEENEY, Sylvia TOMKA

 

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Die heutigen Ergebnisse könnt Ihr auf unserer Website finden: http://www.parkrun.com.de/neckarau/results/latestresults/

Wir hoffen das wir viele von Euch nächsten Samstag wieder sehen werden. Bitte lasst uns wissen wenn Ihr Interesse habt einer unserer Freiwilligen Helfer zu werden und den “High-Vis-Heroes” bei zu treten!

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