Another world record, this time not athletic but in the SMS messaging system,
has been broken. Continuing the trend in 2003, there were overwhelming requests
for the SMS result service for the real,- BERLIN MARATHON, allowing us to
report an SMS result service record (Status: at the finish at 3 p.m.):
There were 27,751 SMSs sent at the BERLIN MARATHON 2001, and 35,714 SMSs
sent at the BERLIN-MARATHON 2002 Never before at a similar event have there
been so many messages sent in such a short time to participants and spectators
around the world.
Like in the past two years, tens of thousands of finishing results were
successfully sent to mobile phones as SMS messages at the real,- BERLIN
MARATHON again this year. Every ordered SMS message was received within only a
few seconds of the participant crossing the half marathon mark and/or finish
The results messages included the race number, the first and last names of
the athlete, the achieved ranking, the net time, both half marathon times, the
average speed, and the kph.
Results with personal statistics were also sent to the participants by
email. A total of 8,648 result emails were sent (8751 in the year 2002).
Both the real-time notification system, as well as the email messaging (both
developed by Prof. Alois Ferscha at the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz)
demonstrated their system stability and reliability under an extremely high
We would like to give our congratulations for the overwhelming success of
the real,-BERLIN MARATHON 2003, both athletically and organizationally, and
hope that we were able to make a small contribution to the success of the
Sincerely from Linz