Kitted out in the same red t-shirts, the highly enthusiastic "Red Runners" of all ages from SEW-EURODRIVE have been competing in the Hope Run since 2012. And since 2014 they have come out top in the team ranking, This year, they were challenged by the Pugilist team. Only the results of the adult runners in the main run are included in the score. Each lap is 3.7 kilometers long and passes through downtown Bruchsal and the castle gardens. Our adult "Red Runners" did us proud, completing no fewer than 700 laps – which works out at 2590 kilometers – by the end of the day. Furthermore, our Red Runner Manuel Bub and Alexander Winkler were placed 3rd in the individual ranking with ten laps each. When the first event of this kind was held in 1998, it was still called the "Itzellauf". Since then, numbers have increased to 3863 runners in 2018 from just under 200 participants at the outset in 1998.
The 21st Bruchsal Hope Run was organized jointly by Bruchsal’s Caritas Association, Sparkasse Kraichgau and SEW-EURODRIVE. Joint patrons were the city’s mayoress Cornelia Petzold-Schick and the SEW-EURODRIVE management team, who also took part in the event that raises money for social projects. Fast times are unimportant in the Hope Run, and it doesn’t matter how old participants are, how serious they are about their running, or indeed whether they want to jog, speed-walk or simply stroll. Every lap and every kilometer contributes to the good cause – with very successful results. Together, this year’s 3863 participants completed 39.024 kilometers, which is equivalent to going more than once around the world.
In 2019, the "Red Runners" want to increase their efforts to win back the title.