Solidarity in running shoes
HITS running team raises more than 10,000 Euros for cancer research in first virtual NCT Run – Klaus Tschira Foundation sponsors each team kilometer with 25 Euros on the occasion of its 25th anniversary
Once a year it draws the running crowds: the annual run of the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg is one of the most popular charity events in the region. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year’s run had to be re-organized as a virtual three-day-event from 26-28 June: separated by distance but united in spirit, almost 9,000 participants ran a total of 120,000 kilometers individually or in small groups, following a route of their own choice.
Among them were also 30 staff members of the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS), who were particularly motivated: On the occasion of its 25th anniversary the Klaus Tschira Foundation had decided to sponsor each staff kilometer with 25 Euros. And the running team did not need to be told twice: In keeping with the team slogan „Run beyond the limits“ they completed a distance of 427 kilometers and thus raised a donation total of 10,675 Euros for cancer research.
The best moments of this first virtual NCT Run are preserved for posterity in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKUsoGGmqTY .
The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.: www.h-its.org
Dr. Peter Saueressig
Head of Communications
Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS)