Herbert Steffny

Herbert Steffny ( born September 5, 1953 in Trier ) is a former German long-distance runner, a prominent treadmill running author and biologist.

Sporting career

After success as a teenager in long-distance running he gave the power sport for studying biology. After graduating, he began at age 28 again with the competitive sports and succeeded an immediate victory in Echternach Marathon 1983. The following year, he finished third at the New York City Marathon, what is the best placement of a German man in this competition.

1985 Steffny was the winner of the Frankfurt- Hoechst- marathons German champion in the marathon, 1987 German champion in the 10,000 meter run in Gelsenkirchen and 1989 in German Vinsebeck champion in cross-country running. There are also titles in the 25 -kilometer road race and mountain running.

As the only West German marathon runner he won a medal at major international championships when he was in 2:11:30 h third at the European Athletics Championships 1986 in Stuttgart.

Other achievements:

  • Chicago Marathon: 5th place ( 2:11:17 h), 1986 ( personal best )
  • Frankfurt Marathon: Winner, 1985, 1989, 1991
  • Munich Marathon: Winner ( 2:11:30 h) 1989 course record
  • Pittsburgh Marathon (USA): winner in 1991
  • Boston Marathon 1996 winner of the Masters age group (over 40 years)
  • German best performance over 10 miles in 46:33 minutes ( Borgholzhausen 1985)

He started for post -Jahn Freiburg.

With 50 years Steffny launched a comeback in 2003 with the seniors and became German champion senior citizens M50 in the cross and marathon and 10-kilometer, where he set up with a 32:31 German Seniorenbestleistung min.

At a size of 1.79 m Steffny weighed in his playing days 66 kg.


Herbert Steffny was after his sports career treadmill. Since 1998, he has written several books (including the best-selling book The big run ) written to the running training.

He is since 1989 managing director of his company for running and fitness seminars, management training and running trips in Titisee-Neustadt in the Black Forest. The former German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer, he prepared as a coach before his successful marathon participants. The Ironman European Champion in 2009 and 2010 Sandra Wallenhorst was coached by Steffny in the running area.

For the ARD television Herbert Steffny works as a co-commentator and hosted the live broadcasts in the city marathons in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne and Mainz. Together with the HR team, he was for the mission: home team! Extra: Frankfurt Marathon for the German TV Award 2011 " Best sports show " nominated.

His older brother, Spiridon- editor Manfred Steffny was a marathon runner, two -time Olympian.

  • The large running Book: From the right entrance to the Marathon: Everything you need to know over the running, West Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-3517086422
  • The Running Diet - The Cookbook: With new recipes & diagrams for metabolic offensive ( with Wolfgang Feil ), Southwest Publishing, 2011, ISBN 978-3517086651
  • Optimal running training: From the introduction to the Half Marathon - Proven training plans from a pro - motivation, equipment, nutrition - Tips, techniques, tactics, West Publishing, 2010, ISBN 978-3517086064
  • Marathon Training for Women: Optimally prepared - even for the half marathon Extra: training plans to increase personal best, West Publishing, 2006, ISBN 978-3517081649
  • Perfect Marathon Training: Taking small steps to achieving your goal ( with Ulrich Pramann ), West Publishing, 2003, ISBN 978-3517064437