We are a permanently transforming community of hitchhiking-addicts who love to contribute with different ideas, skills and talents to the Hitchhiking Hub-Project. We could talk for hours about waiting times, thumb through the motorway atlas or discuss the quality of petrol stations between Copenhagen and Rome. Some people say we’re having a brain fart, but we prefer to call it a fascinating passion. Therefore, the Hitchhiking Hub is a base for people who love to spend time on the road hitchhiking. :)
As in previous years, Tramprennen is being organized by a bunch of different people. Back- and Frontend of our website, researching for the routes, funding of a magazine, connecting with newspapers, the Hitchpackage, this list is endless :)…
Tramprennen Crew 2013: Marco (Berlin), Malte (nowhere), Pille (Hamburg), Mindaugas (somewhere), Ole (Hamburg), Simone (Horw & Central America), Tim (Kiel), Hannes (tbd), Hauke (Hamburg) and Pascal (roaming)
Special thanks are going to Marcel, Jess, Sarah, Janina, Tue, Fabian, Hanjo, Walter and Luki who co-organized the Tramprennen in the previous years and dedicated themselves this year to other and new interesting projects. Anyways, we’re looking forward to kick your asses at the latest when the race starts! ;)
Back in 2006 when some of us were hitchhiking for the first time and started to organize a hitchhiking race, we did not even think about words like “Viva con Agua”, “Team Profiles” or “Tramprennen”. Actually, we just wanted to have some fun on the road and share good moments with other hitchhikers. By accident we stumbled upon Viva con Agua and started to add a fundraising concept to the hitchhiking race. Within 4 years we grew from 2 participants to over 100 and in the meantime we altogether raised more than 40.000 Euro for different drinking water projects. And even though the project became bigger, the philosophy behind remains the same: to have a big time on the road, meeting people, exploring landscapes and make new friends. :)
Since 2008 we grew from 11 to over 100 participants. This year is supposed to start with 150 participants hitchhiking for Viva con Agua. As a logical consequence, we always need to improve and develop the structure behind the race to make the whole project possible. This costs a lot of time. To organize the race as a sustainable and long-term project we’re dependent on donations who support our work. Otherwise we’ll soon have a lack of time and won’t be able to organize Tramprennen in such a dimension. We think Tramprennen is a very nice and meaningful project worth to keep working on. With this statement we wanna point out that social commitment on such a scale can’t always be fulfilled on a voluntary base only.
Tramprennen is mostly organized by volunteers who take on their free time to let fun happen while also having fun. Even though, for a smooth organisation of Tramprennen, some tasks require more investment and are hardly compatible with the usual stuff like studying or students jobs. Therefore some of us (2 in 2012) might receive a few euros each month while working on those tasks. This money is sponsor-financed and not at the expense of donations.