"You never know what you are able to do unless you try."
My name is Johannes. I m a medical doctor, 38 years young and I moved to Zürich/ Switzerland from Germany 6 years ago. I started „jogging“ in med school to clear my mind. Increasing the mileage and after my first races, I figured out that running and exploring the world goes hand in hand perfectly. Running still helps me to keep my inner balance. Almost 130 halves and 30 full/ultra marathons later, I still love running, the challenge and the community.
//// Why did you start running - what was your motivation?
First I started for health reasons. Studying in med school made me exercise less (I used to play tennis and volleyball) and I gained weight. Later I realised how much running helped me for my inner balance.
//// Do you remember your first race? How was your feeling when you finished?
My first half marathon was based on a New Years Resolution back in 2008. I wanted to run ONE half marathon in my life and a friend and me, we combined it with a weekend trip to Edinburgh. It was March and bloody cold but it went down faster and smoother than I hoped for. The trip with the race was so much fun that we signed up for another race in France immediately after I got back.
//// What is the one run you'll never forget, and why?
Running is connected with so many memories that it is difficult to narrow it down to only one race. All races with a PR are memorable, but also fun races in costumes when I m running with my family or friends. On an emotional level, I think my first ever marathon in Athens in 2013 with finishing in the Olympic Stadion was epic as well Berlin marathon in 2018 when I could finish in under 3h for the first time (tears of joy)....
//// Why are you a 361° ambassador? What motivates you to go beyond expectations?
I like goals and challenges to push me. Push my abilities or my boundaries (I did a half marathon once that started with a sky dive- running on adrenaline was a new experience). Some friends think I m a little crazy when it comes to running. I believe, one has to dream big and 1’ more...