Interview with Guido Hartmann at the Easter Run 2019 in Paderborn (Germany)

Guido Hartmann is a firefighter and also a big fan of running. But not in practical running clothes: in full firefighting gear. The purpose of this initiative is to raise money for seriously ill children, and to draw attention to the condition called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (muscle weakness). BERTRAND thinks this is very worthy of support: He was kind enough to answer a few questions for us at this year’s Easter Run in Paderborn.

Question 1: What is the motivation behind your running in full work gear?

Sick children! My job unfortunately brings me into contact with many sick children. Some years ago, I got to know Mathias Schmidt, and he takes part in running in order to raise awareness about muscular dystrophy. And ever since I got to know him, I have been so convinced of this worthy cause, that I have also been drawing attention to this illness by wearing my full work gear. I have personally been a member of an association that helps children with cancer and other serious conditions, and this lets me combine both ideas really well. This lets me raise funds, and at the same time draw attention to the Duchenne type of muscular dystrophy (DMD for short). Why do we run in our working gear? It’s a message that we want to send out. The run is going to be especially difficult in today’s temperatures. It’s going to be warm, and we are definitely going to suffer a bit. But that’s what it’s all about: Children who have DMD have a hard time in their short life. At first, the illness doesn’t have any symptoms, until the muscles start to weaken. When this happens, a Duchenne type muscular dystrophy diagnosis is made. Most children have to use a wheelchair by the age of 10, because they don’t have the strength to walk any more. At some point, the muscles used by the lungs and the heart start to weaken. Most of these children die before the age of 20.

Question 2: Do you run just for this organization, or for others as well?

When I run, the money that I raise is shared: One half goes to the organization called Benni und Co., which is a German Duchenne charity, and the other half goes to the Hilfe für das krebs- und schwerstkranke Kind e. V., which is the children’s cancer and serious illness charity. Both organizations have been around for about 25 years, and they do fantastic work. In education, and in research. They offer support to the children, and also for the parents of these children. I think that is very worthy of support.

Question 3: Is healthy nutrition important to you personally?

Oh yes. That’s really important for my job, and if at all possible, I try to eat organic quality food, or even Demeter products. I look for fair trade arrangements and good pay rates for the various producers. And I think it is worth it, to pay a bit more. But it is not always easy when you have a family.

Question 4: Have you ever tried BERTRAND?

Yes, I have tried it, and I think it tastes exceptionally good. I have a nut allergy and have to make some adjustments because of it, and I still have to try them all out to find out which type I can tolerate best, but the baked apple and cinnamon one was very good for me.

Question 6: Which is your favorite?

I like the taste of the blueberry one, but I also think the baked apple and cinnamon one tastes great, and I can tolerate it very well, but I really don’t know yet what my favorite flavor is.

Question 6: What other things do you like about BERTRAND, apart from the ingredients and the taste?

I appreciate the philosophy that lies behind it. That everything is organic, and also the family structure in the company. I am very happy to support that.

Question 7: What is your goal for this Easter Run?

To cope with the weather and try to keep hydrated, because it is very warm. Just to keep going: my goal is 1 hour and 10 minutes (Note: Guido Hartmann finished in 01:17:50).

Question 8: What advice would you give to other firefighters who are just starting to take up running?

Training. Just training, and it takes time to get used to it. There are countries where it’s hot all the time. For example in Greece, where they have forest fires. Or in Spain. People have a hard time there. And my firefighter colleagues still do an excellent job in spite of that. In Germany, we are very lucky with the temperatures, although last summer was quite a challenge in that respect, and the only way to deal with that is through physical fitness. So that you have a healthy cardiovascular system. Training and more training: that’s what I would recommend.

Question 9: Which event will you be running in next?

The next event is the Firefighters’ Run in Höxter. A lot of my colleagues are participating in that run wearing work gear or fancy dress costumes. That’s one of the most important events in my running calendar. That run is organized by Matthias Schmidt, and it is specifically for the Duchenne muscular dystrophy illness. It was very warm last year, and I hope we’ll have better luck this year.

Question 10: Last question: if you could choose a particular place to run in, where would that be?

I would love to run in Iceland one day!

BERTRAND thanks Guido Hartmann for this informative interview and wishes him well with his running in future events. In the links below you can see more information about the organizations that were mentioned, and the Firefighters’ Run in Höxter.

We support the Mudbusters

The Mudbusters are are an association of running-enthusiasts who participate in obstacle, cross-country and road races in Europe. These athletes now also have a partner who takes care of their nutrition.

If a 42,195km marathon race is just not enough for you, because you also want to crawl through mud, shimmy around obstacles, haul tree trunks or dive along the way, then you have the spirit of a mudbuster.

At BERTRAND, we support these athletes in preparing for OCR competitions such as Lake Run or Strong Man Run. OCR is the abbreviation for Obstacle Course Racing. Especially in Europe, an OCR scene is emerging in which the toughest, newest and most extreme obstacle courses are up for discussion. A few years ago there were a few events where people had to climb over barriers, swim through muddy lakes and rivers or crawl under barbed wire. The scene is, however, very well organized. In every region, every month of the year there is now at least one OCR race.

Preparation for the competition in terms of nutrition

While preparing for exhausting runs such as marathons or OCR competitions the body needs a balanced mix of long-chain carbohydrates, proteins as well as vitamins and minerals with good bio-availability. BERTRAND active has been a popular and proven diet for many years among followers of the outdoor scene, providing athletes with the nutrients they need to prepare their bodies for the strain of competition.

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Extremely beneficial!

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Interested? Put our active variant to the test. We give every new customer one of our high quality shakers, which will survive even the hardest trails.

2nd Paderborn Martinslauf

Robiel Weldemichael gewinnt den zweiten Paderborner Martinslauf

Winner Robiel Weldemichael // © Frank Beineke – New Westfalian Newspaper

The 2nd Paderborn Martinslauf took place last Friday in Paderborn and we once again took the opportunity to provide healthy vitamins and minerals to the finishers

1,400 athletes enjoyed the challenging circuit through the center of Paderborn, which had a very special running atmosphere, as some sections of the track were artistically illuminated by local art students. Robiel Weldemichael (cover picture) shot like a flash to the front right at the beginning. The 25-year-old exceptional athlete repeated his 10-kilometer win in the previous year and won confidently in 31:15 minutes.

We were able to distribute a total of 1,500 complimentary meals to the athletes and visiting spectators. This year we introduced our BERTRAND bottle for the first time. In this bottle, which covers 1/4 of the daily requirements of the daily recommended nutrients, we do not rely on simple rotproof PET bottles, but on a plastic that is made of vegetable starch and is completely biodegradable. Our Green Bottle is currently available as a prototype only for German-speaking customers. More information here (German page): BERTRAND – Green Bottle

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