A Fundraising Race

Running a heart through Germany because societal needs are many and varied. 

No matter if children, elderly people or people in an area of crisis, there are many hot spots that need our attention. My intention is to influence something greater than myself, do a good thing, and support some organizations and people who are helping children, seniors, needy people in an area of crisis, institutes for cancer research, and more. All this in addition to a sportive challenge which will be worth the hurt.
I wanted to have this fundraising race as a new life experience and I have to say, it has worked out already.

The plan was to do it in May 2020 but due to COVID-19 I have to postpone it to May 2021.

Now I’ll make the project even bigger! I’ll donate 0,25€ per kilometer I train till May 2021!

During my Heart Run thru Germany I’ll donate 1€ per kilometer I run and hope that some others do almost the same!


Two good friends of mine confirmed, after some minutes listening to my idea, a 1€ per kilometer donation each,
thereby already tripling my own donations!

Why me?

If I don’t try it, I won’t know if I can do it. I know that my family is safe and healthy, my children are going to school and kindergarten.

Many thanks on that point to my lovely wife for taking care, watching the boys and handling all their soccer, swimming, and other activities alone for such a long time.

Running Route:


The start and finish line will be at my home (Wittelsberg, Ebsdorfergrund, Hess) and the track thru Germany is supposed to look like a heart to symbolize the reason I am undertaking this endeavor. The track is approx. 2.000 to 2.500 km long, which I plan to run in 31 days in May 2021 (70-80 km per day / appr. 8-11 hours running per day).

And I’ll run with a Chariot Sport One baby jogger, provided by ‘Thule Group’ which was organized and requested by a business partner of mine. With a fantastic support for preparation I already want to thank my physical therapist and friend, Martin Müller, who is organizing so many things and my “virtual-coach”, Adrian Gulz.

I’m dying to start!


As I don’t want to be the liaison who handles the donations, my fellows from vGive e.V., our VMware Germany charitable society,
are helping me and will be the pool for donations.
With the reference code (MariosHerzlauf or MariosHeartRun) you can make your donations here:

IBAN DE26 7016 9466 0000 2861 09

Raiffeisenbank München-Süd (BIC GENODEF1MO3)

Account holder is vGive e.V.

or via paypal

Please enter “Marios Herzlauf” as purpose for use



VMware, Inc.


Many thanks to my employer, VMware, Inc., who is giving me the opportunity for such a life experience with accepting my vacation request for May 2021 and inspiring me every day to do something positive in the world.

Just check out https://www.vmware.com/company/sustainability.html
and find out how positive the impact of VMware technology is for the world and how VMware is supporting its people and communities with its Citizen Philanthropy approach to giving.

Through VMware Foundation programs, VMware people around the world – like me – can have our charitable contributions of time, talent, and resources amplified by VMware. For example, through „Service Learning“ every VMware employee has the possibility to spend 40 hours, taken from their working hours, per year to serve with and learn from any charity organizations of their choice. Service Learning can range from things like refurbishing a playground for an orphanage or helping with gardening, helping in soup kitchens, separating clothing donations for refugees, and many things more. To further amplify our service, if an employee reaches the target of 40 hours, he/she becomes eligible to direct a $628.31 donation from VMware to their nonprofit of choice. We call these “Citizen Philanthropy Investments.” Which I think is a great move.

I have been a Citizen Philanthropist for children with VMware since 2014 and did several activities with the Munich Orphanage and “Kids for Live e.V.” in Munich / Unterhaching together with vGive e.V. and colleagues.

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Many thanks & kind regards