On Sunday Trevor Hofbauer ran a 2:16:48 at the Hamburg Marathon. His time earned him 25th place in a strong field. The winner of the men’s race was Tadu Abate in 2:08:25, second place went to Ayele Abshero in 2:08:26 and third went to Stephen Kiprotich in 2:08:31.
Hofbauer was happy with his run considering his build, but says that there’s more there. “Originally when Reid [Coolsaet] and I planned to race Hamburg, we both verbalized that 2:13 was our target. I got sick with the flu the day after we announced our marathon, which took a week to recover from. Considering I battled laryngitis and the flu twice within the 18 weeks leading up to Hamburg, I couldn’t be happier with the new personal best.” Hofbauer and Coolsaet had planned to do the race together, but due to some setbacks in Coolsaet’s build he has chosen another spring marathon.
Hofbauer speaks very highly of the Hamburg Marathon, and would certainly recommend it. “The streets were lined with people for the majority of the race. I haven’t seen that many spectators on course. The energy was exceptional.”
The 2017 Canadian marathon champion’s race went out a little quick, but he reeled it back and settled into 2:15 pace. “There were three pace groups, with the last of the three going through half in 66:00, so I sat back and made a 2:15-ish group with Frank Schauer of Germany. Our group of seven stuck together until Frank pulled ahead at 32K. We all came back together around 34K, then I pulled away around 40K.”
Going forward, the runner says that his only goal is to crush a fall marathon. “I experimented a lot this build with travel and restructuring my weekly training load,” he says.Hofbauer is going to learn from this build, make tweaks and come back even stronger in the fall of 2019.