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Message of Greeting by the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, Angela Merkel

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patron of this event, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to all of the

participants, the organisers, the trainers and coaches, the accompanying

friends and family, and the numerous spectators of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.

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The BERLIN-MARATHON

now has a permanent spot in the event calendars of many runners from around the

world.  It is thus no surprise that once

again tens of thousands of runners, wheelchair competitors, hand cyclists, and

power walkers from 100 countries will come to the capital city this year to

participate in the challenging competitions. There is a broad range of the

athletes’ expectations: from a top time to a personal best, to the wish to

survive a great athletic challenge.

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Over the

past few years, more and more people have discovered the fun and excitement of

running. Berlin clearly demonstrates that a marathon is similarly exciting for

the athletes and the spectators. Whoever has stood along the course knows the

great zeal and enthusiasm of the spectators in the capital. The participants,

who are led past numerous sightseeing attractions along the course, are certain

to get goose bumps throughout the race, and not only when they pass through the

Brandenburg Gate. 

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I would

like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this international

sporting event. I would like to mention the organisers from SCC-RUNNING GmbH,

the city of Berlin, the medical service, and the police, as well as the

numerous volunteers. For years the well-rehearsed team has assured a smooth

operation of the event and optimal services for the athletes.

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I would

also like to express my special gratitude to the television and media

representatives and the sponsors. Without their active support, the execution

of the BERLIN-MARATHON and the worldwide coverage with its spectacular images

would not be possible.

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I wish all

of the participants the successes they are hoping for and the numerous

spectators many exciting hours in Berlin.

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Sincerely,

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Angela Merkel

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