Thumbs up for civil-sea-rescue

Tramprennen supports Sea-Watch e.V.

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To help people across borders and through fences is one of the most humane things you could do.

In our 10-year history as a Tramprennen we have experienced this humane act very often. People inviting us in their cars and transporting us across borders were and are essential to successfully reach the final destination.

But of course, we have also seen the cruel inhumane way people fail at crossing the borders. 2015 we experienced first hand what refugees have to face at the borders on their way to a safe haven. We then decided to put our focus next to the WASH projects of Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli e.V. on the rights of asylum seekers and collected the next years donations for Pro Asyl and Viva con Agua.

This year we decided to restructure our donation process. We are happy that we were able to support the work of two wonderful organizations and spread the word about clean sanitation and the necessity for refugee rights.

But we felt the need for a change and decided that this year we want to support one organization that is helping people across borders and rescues them in the most dangerous situations. Sea-Watch e.V.!

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copyright Sea-Watch e.V. |Ruben Neugebauer

 In 2015 a few people decided to buy an old boat and modified it to rescue people in distress and headed out into the Mediterranean Sea. Sea-Watch e.V. was born and has since then rescued thousands of people that fled the African continent to seek refuge in Europe. Through the work and knowledge of the volunteers and the donations of its supporters the non-profit organization was able to improve its skills and fleet. With the EU-Turkey deal and the Balkan route closing the focus of migration was again the Mediterranean Sea and as Libya emerged into a failed state the conditions for many people there worsened quickly. Sea-Watch and other civil sea rescue operations are working constantly to spot the small rubber boats of the refugees and rescuing before they sink. In the last year the Libyan coast guard have repeatedly caught the refugees before the rescuers were able to reach them and brought them back to Libya. This is a clear violation of human rights and Sea-Watch witnessed and made several of these so-called push-backs public.

We are glad that we can support Sea-Watch in their continuous effort to help people in need and contribute to the civil sea rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea.  We want to emphasize on Sea-Watchs demanding: safe passage now!

Now it is your turn to motivate your friends and families to sponsor your team in this years Tramprennen to Boracko Jezero in Bosnia!

 

Easter Race in Osterode!

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Hey folks,

The anticipation for the easter race is rising and you can’t wait to get more details?

Here is our plan of action:

 

– Friday (March 30): Arrival –

Harz is calling! We are going to meet up at Campingplatz Eulenburg (adress: Scheerenberger Straße 100, 37520 Osterode am Harz). So we all have enough time to arrive and hang out together before the madness starts next day.

Please don’t forget to bring your sleeping bags (matresses are already there) and money for the shelter (Fee: 10 Euros per night)!

– Saturday (March 31): Race –

The game is on! This year’s chosen one: Ping Pong!

The rules are quite simple:

– The race will officially start at 9am and end at 6pm.

-Try to hitchhike between Osterode and the village called Elend back and forth as often as possible. It’s your choice which roads you take.

– Of course we need evidence! So you will have to post pictures everytime you get to one of the particular locations. (We will create a Whatsapp group for that the day before.)

In case you reach Osterode just take a picture of it’s place-name sign.

If you reach Elend on the other hand, you have to take a picture of the memorial stone placed at the roundabound right in the middle of the village.

– In the evening we all are going to meet at our camping site, count the pictures of each team and celebrate the great winners afterwards.

Ín case of a tie, the team that first came back to the camping site will win. So write down your final arrival time.

If you’re still on the road at 6pm, you will be disqualified.

– Sunday (April 1): Departure 

Write us via gro.nennerpmartnull@ofni if you want to participate, so you can get further contact information.

We’re looking forward to see you!

Easter-Race and the Destination Country 2018! Whooop

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The temperatures rise, and it is time to hitchhike without gloves again! YEAH! In about 5 months we will hit the road again to start the hitchhiking-madness and race across Europe! You already know when (17.8.-1.9.) but not where… Today we will announce the final region we will race to in the Summer 2018.

After a year in the beautiful but rather cold Baltics, we will hitchhike on the warm and sunny roads of the good old Balkan! Yiiipiiieeh! Country roads and stunning landscapes, rusty cars and friendly people. We are excited to get back to a region that was always a perfect destination for the Tramprennen.

This year we will pay another beautiful country in the heart of the Balkan a visit:

BOSNIA!

Be excited for known countries but new and exciting places on the routes to our final destination.

Of course, we all are eager to get back on the road and measure our hitchhiking skills. And as every year you can do that on our Easter-Race! Yeah, you’ve heard right. Once again, some crazy hitchhiking stuff on the day of bunnies and eggs. Save the date: Arrival on Friday March 30th and hitchhiking Saturday April 1st (no April-fools????)!

More info about location and the exact game will follow soon, but you can be sure: the game will be fun and the location somewhere central in Germany. Easy to reach for most of you.

If you plan on participating please contact us via gro.nennerpmartnull@ofni , so we can estimate the number of participants.

Stay tuned!

Tramprennen 2018 Dates

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The Tramprennen 2018 will take place from August 18th to September 1st. More information about the registration process and our travel destination will be published soon.

Stay tuned!

Tramprennen 2017 – A Short Review

Do you remember Mindunai? The bus stop and the small shop? Do you remember the sun tickling your face and all the happy people dancing, singing and playing guitar? Every few minutes more or less irritated drivers brought more people to this small bus stop in the middle of nowhere somewhere in Lithuania. The joy, when old and new friends exited the cars was overwhelming and added to the irritation of the drivers. And just like that the phenomenal Tramprennen 2017 came to an end. For two weeks over 120 crazy people were standing on the roadsides of Europe and hitchhiked to the bet. Now, as Christmas and winter have caught up, we want to look back on our journey from Erfurt and Lüneburg to Mindunai in Lithuania.

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After years, in which the Tramprennen aimed to stay in warmer areas, some of us already got the chills by just looking on the northern part of the map. But the Kaltikum (sorry but there is just no proper translation for this bad pun) demanded our appearance and as we are always looking for a challenge we bravely packed the warm sleeping bag and fitted next to all the juggling stuff and a large variety of guitarish instruments more than one warm sweater in the already overflowing bagpacks. To get to the Baltics, we had to crisscross through Poland. This was not a problem, as Poland is still one of the hitchhiking friendliest countries in Europe. So, all the teams spent at least 2 stages between Piwo, Autostrada and Pirogi, before crossing the just 100 km wide border to Lithuania. And even if we traveled this year far away from the known refugee routes, each border crossing comes with an uncomfortable feeling. For too many people, that were not so lucky to own a European passport, these lines on maps are too often obstacles, that seem to be impossible to overcome. We want to emphasize: No one is illegal!

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Once we arrived in Lithuania, we were greeted by a warming sun instead of the arctic winds, that some of us had expected. The lifts were super friendly and the landscape breathtaking. Again, everything done right! The last evenings were spent together with the route, the past days were elaborated, and everyone took a close look at the ranking. “It’s still a race! “ even if the first team already claimed the overall victory long before. For one or another team there was still the first place on the route possible or they wanted to get in front of another team. To make it short: ambitions were high on the last stage. And so it happened, that on the short last stage a few overly motivated teams already arrived in Mindunai at noon.

What happened the next 48 hours is hard to describe. So much of this adventure will be remembered by the people that stood next to European roads this year. Again over 120 people showed that hitchhiking works and that it is not just an extraordinary way to move across a continent but that it makes a dialogue possible, despite all language, economical, social and cultural barriers.

Next to all the wonderful experiences our participants made, which make the Tramprennen something truly special, there are all those amazing people that contributed to this years Tramprennen as team-sponsors and team-owners. Through your support, we are able to donate over 10.000 Euro to Viva con Agua and Pro Asyl! Thank you so much! You are the best!

But there are more people we need to thank. All those that supported the organization and planning of this years Tramprennen. At the premeetings or the final ceremony, designing and layouting, printing t-shirts or packing the hitchpackages, without your voluntary work organizing the Tramprennen would not be possible. If you want to support us next year and contribute your own ideas to the world of Tramprennen contact us at gro.nennerpmartnull@ofni and stay tuned.

At the very end: Thank you! Děkuji! Dziękuję! Ačiū! Paldies! To all the drivers, that shared short or long distances of their journey with us.

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