NCT-Run 2021: Team “The HITSters” runs beyond the limits

3. September 2021

The HITS running team “The HITSters” participated for the fourth time in the NCT charity run in Heidelberg.

On 2-4 July 2021, a 29-strong HITS running team again participated in the annual NCT Run, which attracted more than 7000 runners worldwide for its 10th anniversary. Same as last year, the run was organized as a virtual three-day-event. The motto: “Alone. Together! 10 Years of NCT-RUNning against cancer”. Team “The HITSters” completed almost 800 km in four different countries (Germany, France, Slovakia, and Switzerland), thus contributing their fair share to the total of 125,00 km. The combined efforts resulted in 50,000€ of donation for cancer research at the NCT in Heidelberg. The NCT-Run is an established charity run organized by the National Center for Tumor Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg to gather donations for cancer research. For more information, please visit:

To properly reward our HITSters for their efforts, we decided to show the world what fantastic people our HITS runners are. We therefore launched a mini photo-contest and asked all runners to send us a picture of them in their HITS running shirt – while striking a superhero pose or any other pose that make them feel epic! The best pictures were then professionally edited by photographer and fantasy artis Natalia Le Fay ( to emphasize their superhero qualities. Here are some of the highlights of our “HITS-Heroes Hall of Fame”.

About HITS

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.

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