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Top Team Thüringen and REGUPOL are joining forces to promote athletics in Thuringia

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The launch of the “Top Team Thüringen” project has opened up new sporting opportunities for young track and field athletes from all over the state of Thuringia. In Erfurt, the best training and competition facilities will be available to them – equipped by REGUPOL. Seen in this light, closer cooperation between the two organizations in future was a logical step. The ambassadors for this link are top sprinter Julian Wagner along with his trainer Tobias Schneider.

Top Team Thüringen

Top Team Thüringen aims to bring together Thuringia’s best athletes under the direction of the Thuringia athletics association and under ideal training conditions. This “talent forge on REGUPOL” continues the great work of the LAC Erfurt Top Team project. The goals remain the same: all Thuringia’s top athletes are to train and compete under one roof. Equal priority is also given to promoting the up-coming generation: promising young athletes are to be encouraged to stay in Thuringia rather than going elsewhere. To make that happen, the sporting and economic framework conditions are also going to be created and improved.


Erfurt’s two most important sports venues, especially for top class sport, are the Steigerwald stadium and the Hartwig-Gauder Hall. One reason why they are so popular is because they are both equipped with the fast REGUPOL running tracks. REGUPOL is a Bad Berleburg-based family enterprise in the third generation, which has successfully designed and installed all kinds of sports surfaces in well over 100 countries since 1954. For years now, REGUPOL has been a keen sponsor of sport in Thuringia, especially the annual “Erfurt Indoor” athletics meeting in the Hartwig-Gauder Hall. That explains why supporting the ambitions of the new “Top Team Thüringen” initiative is matter close to REGUPOL’s heart. 

Julian Wagner and Tobias Schneider

Julian Wagner is one of the big hopes at LC Top Team Thüringen and for German athletics in general. Erfurt born in 1998, the local boy discovered his passion for athletics at the tender age of 8 and he’s been training and competing at top level since he was 13. Julian’s best event is the 100 m and he’s also in the relay team. In 2021, he competed in the European Indoor Championships over 60 m.

Tobias Schneider is a Thuringia Athletics Association coach and consequently responsible for training Julian Wagner. After his own career as an athlete, he acted as a guide runner for visually impaired athletes at international events such as the 2013 World Championships and the London Olympics in 2012. A qualified sports scientist, he’s made it his goal to take young talented athletes to the 2028 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Both Julian Wagner and Tobias Schneider are delighted with “Top Team Thüringen” and the sports infrastructure: “The togetherness in the group and the fast REGUPOL tracks provide the best conditions for achieving great things.”