News and announcements by the Tramprennen-crew

Newsletter #2 – Routes are fixed!

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More than a month ago first information about this year´s Tramprennen found their way to the waiting hitchhikers. Just look outside your window and you will see a lot of things happened in the meantime! Spring has already done a pretty good job and brought nature back to live again. But not only plants and animals sneak out of their hole. The Tramprennen Crew is not sleeping but constantly working on the (already!!!) 9th version of our beloved Race. Last weekend some of us met in Berlin to work on the routes for this summer. And we are happy to present some more hot news to the hitchhiking world out there!

Final destination

You know that Tramprennen 2016 is going to beautiful Bulgaria and the internet users among you might already have checked the whole country to dream of some nice places to go. We found a super nice one: The small village Tsigov Chark at the banks of the beautiful Lake Batak, situated in the Rila mountains. Sounds like the world´s ass? Yes, it is! But trust us, it´s a fucking gorgeous ass!

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Routes

The first Tramprennen in 2008 started with only one route and through the years they become more and more. For the first time last year we had 6 routes but even that was almost little for all the hitchhikers wanting to join the race. That´s why we will do a next step this year and we are proud to announce that we now have eight routes in the pipeline! To keep the whole thing even more interesting we will only announce the detailed routes at the evening before the race right at the starting points. Buuut… anyway it will be worth it to check the homepage from time to time because some more informations will maybe drop out earlier!

Starting Points

One important information about the routes is ready to be spread right now: the four different starting locations. This year Franzi will invite you to Innsbruck, Jakob to Leutkirch im Allgäu, Gero will start something in Freising and Luki is looking forward to kick off the shit in Halle (Saale). Like last year there will always be two routes starting from one point and meet each other again half way before everybody will meet in Tsigov Chark after two weeks. At the starting points each team will be (fairly! :-)) drawn to one of the two routes starting from there.

Dates

Last but not least some dates you should keep in mind. Most important of course: Tramprennen 2016 will take place from the 19th of August until the 3rd of September! But it´s maybe also interesting for that registration will start the 1st of June and (even more important) will close again the 31st of July. As soon as the first teams will be online there will also be the possibility to donate.

While writing this we´re getting more and more inpatient to rock the roads to the East this summer and we are pretty sure it´s the same for you while reading! Whoop Whoop

Easter Competition 2016 Last Infos

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Eastern is knocking on door. Perfect time for Eastern-hitchhiking, don´t you think? In 2016 there is a cozy Petrol-Station-Bingo-Game. Means: On Thursday you’ll simply download a Bingo-Sheet from our website. This sheet is extra generated for you (if anyone wants to generate a new sheet which fits better, can order a new one). Starting on Friday at 8am. Pass as many Petrol Stations as possible and mark it on your Bingo-Sheet – of course only by hitchhiking.

On Saturday we will meet and evaluate together who has the most “BINGO!”s. Totally chilled by a peaceful cone ball on the bowling alley! Allowed are: horizontal as well as vertical and although diagonal Bingos. It’s not allowed to cross the different Bingos.

In addition this time it is also possible to build Bingos with two, three and four fields. Every Bingo brings different POINTS: two = 1 Point, three = 2 Points and four =3 Points.

Infos about the meeting on Saturday:

8pm on “Grünen Deich 2, 21354 Bleckede-Wendewisch” (Bleckede is really big, you want to go to WENDEWISCH!!!).  We’ll sleep in heated rooms, there are showers, a bowling alley etc..

About eating:  it’s firstly self-catering! (Please, take plates and cutlery with you. Pots and jars are there.) That’s why we recommend: come on at 5pm (meeting-time) to the EDEKA-Shop in Hohnstorf/Elbe (on map).

We’ll go shopping together and then we’ll have another short hitchhiking-race to the final destination.

About Drinks: We are looking to get them centrally concerned. For a better planning, please write a short message to Ole , that you want to come! E-Mail: gro.nennerpmartnull@elo

If you have any questions or be stuck, you can also call Ole on Phone:  +49 178 6028609.

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TAKE-OFF 2016 – Tramprennen comes out of hibernation!

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Tramprennen 2016 starts to become reality. Last weekend a bunch of impatient hitchhiking-addicts gathered in Leipzig to launch a new episode of Hippiekacke for this summer. Of course there is still a long way to go but at the same time we can already present some first news!

Final Destination

This is probably the information everybody was waiting for: Tramprennen 2016 will go to the beautiful country of BULGARIA! The exact location will be announced soon, when the routes will be planned – first glimpses show numbers of different and beautiful opportunities to go and look forward to! We know that traveling southeast is something that can cause discussions due to the current political situations in this part of Europe. But at the same time we belief that another Tramprennen to these regions can also be a sign for free movement and against borders!

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Routes and starting Points

As you know from the previous years there will be different routes leading to our final destination somewhere in Bulgaria. After the good experiences with last year´s mode we decided not to change this again. Again there will be several small starting points with two routes each. The routes will be announced at the starting spot the evening before the race starts and the teams will be drawn to one of them by coincidence. The different starting locations are not sure yet and will be planned and published soon.

Fundraising

Last year we collected a lot of donations for the important work of Viva con Agua and PRO ASYL. We still think both of them are organizations which are worth to support. Again we will split the money we raise between those two!

As a reminder for everybody: Tramprennen will be from August 19th to September 3rd this year. We can´t wait make it happen!

Planning-Meeting 2016

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Winter is slowly losing power and we are about to gain it: Tramprennen arrived in 2016, still in the wonderful memories of the weeks of last year’s race that we want to adopt to a new Tramprennen 2016.

 
Really important in this process are your experiences of the last years, so a big THANKS for the large participation in our survey! We were overjoyed of all the positive feedback but we are also aware of your critical points and tips for improvement and will try to incorporate them in the plans of 2016.

 
Speaking of planning and this year’s race: the period of time is for sure (19. August – 3. September, WHOOP WHOOP), but besides this there is plenty of space for creativity, development, crazy ideas and whatever comes in your mind. We are really happy about every person who wants to join the organization-team and become an active part of our baby Tramprennen!

 
To get together with each other and start the designing of 2016 we meet from 11th to 13th of March in the wonderful town Leipzig. Dominik invites in his house project, were we can sleep upstairs and downstairs work and be creative in the rooms of one of the local initiatives. If you want to join us with this and be part of the crew just send a mail with “TR2016-I am in” to gro.nennerpmartnull@ofni. After that we will send you more information about the weekend. If you cannot join but still want to be part of it just write also a mail and we will try to involve you via skype or whatever works. There will be a possibility!

 
P.S. To all the people that are waiting for the 2015-shirts: We finally managed to get an appointment in the screen printing studio! On Monday the shirts will be printed and directly posted afterwards. To compensate the long waiting period there will be also a small present in your package. :-)

 

So long – enjoy the last days of winter and let’s rumble 2016!

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Tramprennen 2015 – we made it!

Tramprennen 2015 that it´s again: After two indescribable weeks and a terrific time in Omarë we started off again. Many have returned home, some are still on the road in all directions.

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There were several things to celebrate in Omarë: Firstly the arrival of 68 teams and over 160 participants on / in / with / in a wide variety of vehicles. Secondly, the great donation that we already have achieved together this year: More than 13,000 € for the important work of Viva con Agua and PRO ASYL. How important this is we need to experience again and again, even in the last weeks.

For this, a huge THANK YOU to all who have donated and collected donations! It will be possible to support the teams until the end of September.

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The final words are very difficult for us, so this year we just want the Route HerrFuchs to let them have their say. They have kindly made their closing speech available for us:

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“Dear All,

as Route Oldest me comes to the honor, to bother you with a little speech, I got prepared something.

Values Hitchhikers, dear guests, dear BR team!

For the past 2 months we move always with the thumb,

and cooled our palate with cold beers.

I remember sketchy at this major event, namely the Immenstart,

where you do not have faces lit up, the feelings young & unchosen and the thirst was still great.

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What happened?

I look wistfully back at what has happened:

  • empty drunk pubs
  • itchy thumps
  • sprained ankles
  • bitten legs
  • swallowed methylated spirits
  • BodytoBody Sessions
  • filled and overfilled ashtrays
  • escalating ecstasies
  • occupied houses, waterfalls, deep and thoughtful conversations
  • people left behind with tears
  • the blue butt leading boat tours and bridges jumps
  • countless gas stations

But where are we now?

  • lost things
  • red faces
  • emotional burnt people

And what remains?

  • profound friendships for life and people who float on cloud nine!
  • these fully pooped toilets and expressed cigarette.
  • things that are so firmly burned into our brain that they will never switch off.

For such experiences that shoot out someone from everyday life so far, it requires the initiative of many people who sacrifice their time again and again for this – for our race.

That’s why I would like to say, as the route oldest, a big thank you to all those who have helped. But not forgetting the 5000 various existences who allows us the way, this journey, this happiness!

Thank you flaps, high five! “

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We say thank you for the words, thanks to all the participants, donors, drivers and hosts – without each of you this would not have been possible. we enjoy the last days of our trip and look forward to everything that lies ahead of this wonderful project with him.
A project in which you are all invited to contribute to it!

Cheeerio

Your Tramprennen – 2015 Crew

 

PS:

check the blogs about Tramprennen 2015, worth to read:

https://montagsmailer.ch/mina/mina-reist-per-anhalter-nach-albanien-reisetagebuch-vom-tramprennen-tag-1/

https://raendibraendiracingteam.wordpress.com/2015/09/21/welcome-to-serbia-second-stage-golubac/

and we re looking forward to see the 2nd TV-documentary about Tramprennen in October (https://www.br.de/fernsehen/ard-alpha/programmkalender/ausstrahlung-484450.html)

PPS:

Thanks to Jonathan Göpfert for the organisation of the group picture and to Confused State of Mind for the special effects!

 

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