#5 meetingpoints & dates PreMeeting and racebegin!!

Hey Friends!!

The 4 routes are full! 12 teams each route! The DonationCounter keeps rapidly increasing and less than a week until we’re finally back on the road!!

Following you find the necessary information for the PreMeetings in Hamburg, Basel and Berlin and also the starting point and time for the begin of the race!


PreMeeting, 21.August, 7pm:
Location: Haus 73
Adresse: Schulterblatt 73

Start Tramprennen 2011, 22.August, 7am:
Location: Neuer Kamp 32, in front of the Viva con Agua office
Start: 8am, meeting time 7am

bei Fragen zum Startort Hamburg bitte bei Hanjo (01762439957) oder Frirk (017663073728) melden!


PreMeeting, 21.August, 7pm:
Location: Rummelsburger Bucht am S-Bahnhof Ostkreuz
Adresse: Koordinaten (52.500255, 13.470161)

Start Tramprennen 2011, 22.August, 7am:
Location: Oberbaumbrücke (U- und S-Bahnhof Warschauer Straße oder Schlesisches Tor)
Start: 8am, Treffpunkt 7am

bei Fragen zum Startort Berlin bitte bei Marco (01631745489) melden!


PreMeeting, 21.August, 6pm:
Location: Hinterhof Bar
Adresse: Münchensteinerstrasse 81

Start Tramprennen 2011, 22.August, 7am:
Location: Dornacherstraße 192 vor dem Kulturverein CREOPOLIS
Start: 8am, Treffpunkt 7am

bei Fragen zum Startort Basel bitte bei Malte (01631947911) melden!

weitere Infos

Die Hitchpakete werden wir am Start an alle Teams austeilen!
Weiterhin wirds eine Trampermappe mit folgenden Infos drin geben: Treffpunkte der einzelnen Etappen, Handynummern aller Teams + Nummer für den SMS-Ticker, Sicherheitshinweise beim Trampen, Regelwerk + Punkteverteilung, Routenaccount für Fotos, Blogs und Rennen-Updates auf tramprennen.org

Steil gehen!
die Tramprennnenenenennenen-Truppe!

Newsletter #4: 2nd Basle route has been cancelled!

Hello Friends, fresh from us to you: the new newsletter!

1. The route “Maddox” from Basel is cancelled!

We had to debate this for a while but made the most sensible choice in the matter of routes and participants. We will start with 4 instead of 5 routes and cancelled one of the two routes starting from Basel. Currently the field is pretty close to 4×12 teams and we do not expect the fifth route to have filled up in the next two weeks. We would have loved for all 5 routes to work, but we did not want to start with a half-full fifth route.

Hence, registration state looks like this now:

Tigers Gaarden: 12 teams (full)
Blues Laboe: 12 teams (full)
Ederbier Destroyerz: 9 teams
Fugbaum Kneipenterroristen: 11 teams

In the following week you’ll also receive updates with the exact starting and meeting points in Hamburg, Berlin and Basel.

We have received several request as to whether it might be possible to add a 13th team to a specific route. While we understand the wish very much, it cannot be done. For several reasons, one of which are group dynamics, we limited routes to 12 teams last year with positive results. Of course it can always happen, that a team spontaneously cancels or wants to swith routes. Please follow our facebook and forum posts. Or post in the forum yourself, if you want to switch.
A big sorry from our side of things, but please understand our motivations.

2. HitchPackage from now on only without SIM-card.

Our contingent of SIM-cards has been used up. Nonetheless all teams further have the opportunity to grab the “veggie hitchpackage”. It includes a Shirt, stickers and Edding markers! Questions about it should be directed to Ansgar (gro.nennerpmartnull@ragsna)! :)

3. Newspapers, radio and other media

Marcel and Sarah are tirelessly contacting magazines and newspapers, but can always use your help. So if you’d like an article in your local paper, write to the staff – many are happy about some interesting stuff, especially during summer! To contact a newspaper, you can use the (so far German only) press-area (tramprennen.org/presse). Or write to Marcel: gro.nennerpmartnull@lecram

The team Herschel Krustofski pioneered this action, check their article in the “Badischen Zeitung”: Article in Badische Zeitung

4. The DonationCounter

Goes steadily upwards! Together we so far manages to wash over 5000 bucks into the buckdet!! Respect!! Who knows, maybe we’ll manage to beat last year’s 413 cent – if everybody finds a few half-cent/km sponsors (12,50 Euro), we’ll come closer to our common goal!
Let’s do it! :)

5. Water is life!

Why we collect donations on the road will be nicely demonstrated by the documentaries on phoenix tonight at 22:15. Under the common title “The global water crisis”, phoenix will air several documentaries that tell the story of the global drinking water deficit and the problem of water privatization. A recommended watch: preview on phoenix

We can’t wait to go nuts with you – 2 weeks left!!!
Cheeeers and Whoop Whoop!!

Your Tramprennen-Dudes and Dudesses!
Ansgar, Hauke, Marcel, Sarah, Franzi, Malte, Pille und Wuddich

News #3: Hitchpackage, Shirt sizes, routes

Hey Hitchers!

Here’s newsletter #3, please read especiall the first part! :)

1. Deadline Hitchpackage + your your shirt size until August 5th

Please transfer the money for the hitchpackage until August 5th! Especially the teams who ordered the packages after registration through Ansgar. Soon we’ll have to print the shirts, therefore we need your shirt sizes. In your profile menu is a menu where you can choose the shirtsize, please do so. As a short note: the shirts have a casual design, if your shirt size is inbetween S and M you might choose the bigger one…
Concerning the SIM-cards: our sponsor blau.de provides us with 40 SIM cards. Because so many teams requested a hitchpackage, this contingent will habe reached its limit soon! On the one hand its pretty sad, because we can’t provide every team with a SIM card. On the other side we’re more than happy, because we can cover all running costs through your help :)

2. The DonationCounter is exploding!

Yesterday we altogether cracked the 4000€! Totally insane, so many donations already three weeks before the race starts!

Big impact is thorugh the eBay auction of team “Funky Toilet” by team “Ehrenamt hat Feierabend” and “Schwabbelarsch”. Hannes managed to collect 550 Euro within a couple of days and is now his own TeamOwner! Check his profile:
Team Funky Toilet ! Awesomness! :D

Another great example is Team HansDampf from Hannover who can now proudly call a drunken Linux-Penguin their new TeamOwner! Check it: Team HansDampf

folks, let’s skyrocket the Counter together! :)
if you need some hints how to get sponsors, check our fundraising toolkit: Fundraising Toolkit

3. Registrations!

The routes are getting more and more crowded with teams. 1x Berlin and 1x Hamburg are full, 1x Basel and 1x Hamburg again half full with 6 teams.
Only route Maddox is still lonesome on the road with Team “Schwabbelarsch”. We consider to merge both routes from Basel in case no more teams will show up. So please, push the race. Tell your friends, share the link and the project on facebook! :)

Tramprennen Crew! :)
Pille, Malte, Ansgar, Hauke, Sarah, Frirk, Marcel, Wuddinger

new route +++ DonationCounter is exploding!

Oye, Tramprennen-Freaks!
About a month from now we’ll be racing, laughing, dancing and having tons of fun! For clean drinking water!

Here the most recent news:

1. One route has changed!

Since one route had so far not captured anybody’s interest, we’ve reacted. After discussing the reasons with friends and participants, we’ve changed the route „Hauerei Maddox“. Several teams appear to prefer the Balkans over Italy, hence Maddox became a fourth route to tackle the Balkans.
And this is how it goes: Basel (CH) – Traunstein (D) – Zagreb (HR) – Novi Sad (SRB) – Skopje (MK) – Thessaloniki (GR) – Preveza (GR).

Also, it added two more countries to the list of where we’ll be passing through: Serbia and Macedonia.
Who has second thoughts about his or her choice of route now, can easily change routes in their team’s profile page: Switch route

2. The Fundraising-Toolkit!

The donation counter is starting to go steadily upwards. Over 1200 Euros are in the bucket already! We’ve received a few mails from hitchhikers that want to get started collecting donations but don’t know how to go about it. This is why we are now providing you with a fundraising toolkit with a few basic hints.
Check the Fundraising-Toolkit
Let’s make the bucket run over!

3. further team registrations

More and more teams are registering. Almost everyday a new one adds themselves. 49 are registered now – awesomeness! So when the last liability waivers have been signed and hitch packages paid, the race will be full soon. Tell your friend who are interested in participating – hitchhikers with real interest need to hurry up!

4. The shirts have been printed!

The shirts are done – check them out on live people:
The Tramprennen 2011 Shirt

5. Health insurance abroad

Ole from team DBT was so wise as to check insurance policies. He informs about it in this forum entry:
Read the Blogpost (german)

6. Go nuts!

We keep on working on the last details to ensure a fun and successful race. Also, our own team profiles are mostly online and we can’t wait to race with and against you!
At last, a message from Viva con Agua Switzerland

Cheeerio and see you soon!!
The Tramprennen-Crew!!

News! registrations – donation counter – shirts!

Dear hitchhiking Friends,< br />
Big wheels keep on turnin’, which is why it’s time to drop some news. In around 6 weeks we’ll hit the road, the first team dizzes have happened and a few teams have found their first sponsors and the first donations are in.

So here’s the most recent developments!

We’re approaching 40 registerd teams! Here and there a few waiver forms or hitchpackage payments are missing, but soon all those teams will be online and have chosen a route! The Route “Blues Laboe” (from Berlin) is almost full, “Tigers Gaarden” also appears to be a preference! Hence, he who wants his favorite route knows what to do… ;)

2. TeamProfile Menu
TeamCaptains may now add their hitchmates as users to the profile menu, if the hitchmates are registered to tramprennen.org as well. This way, hitchmates can check the registration progress and change the profile as well.

3. Shirts!
Teammembers of teams who ordered the HitchPackage can now choose their preferred shirt sizes in the TeamProfile menu, once they’ve paid up.
The final colors and design can be checked here: Das Hitchpaket.
We’re happy with it, hope you’ll be too. As said before, if you had chosen to not get a package earlier and want one now, you can still order one with Ansgar (gro.nennerpmartnull@ragsna). We’d be delighted :)

The donation counter is reving upwards – 26 cent/km are in! :)
Some teams have already acquired TeamSponsors and TeamOwners! A prime example is the team K2Go from Bremen! Konrad & Katja have already put considerable effort in for clean drinking water:
K2Go Teamprofile
As an aside – last year’s counter topped out at 4.13 Euro. Let’s challenge that!< br />
Also check the video of team Herschel Krustofski, Maurits and Gero are going full power:
Herschel Krustofski announces Tramprennen 2011
Nuff respect for this crazy shit!!! :)

5. Viva con Agua Website
We hacked a Tramprennen info page into the Viva con Agua website, which is an ideal digital flyer with concise information:
Have a look!
You might want to share that link with friends & family when starting your personal donation hunt :)

6. Water projects!
If you’re unfamiliar with the water projects we’re collecting donations for this year, how our cooperation with Viva con Agua works and how the projects are put into reality, this overview will inform you:
zum Spendenprojekt

7. Still got questions?
We are still working on one or the other little tidbit and are looking forward to putting out our thumb with you! If we can help you with something, you’ve got a specific unanswered question or found a bug on the website – we are happy about any messages from you!

Let’s go crazy!!
We can’t wait for two fun weeks of hitchhiking with you!

The Tramprennenenennenen 2011-Crew!

Sarah, Marsl, Ansmann, Pille, Franzidirk, das Vorbild, Wuddich und Malte