SCC-RUNNING proudly announced a new annual record for its events. In 2003 the
Berlin organisers started 15 different events with exactly 123,778 entrants.
For the first time more than 120,000 athletes were registered. In comparison to
2002 this means an increase of roughly 15 percent. “It is the most
successful year in our history of running events“, race director Horst
Milde said. It was 40 years ago when he started the first Cross Country Race in
Berlin. From then on until the end of last year SCC-RUNNING has organised 345
events with altogether 1,264,110 entries.
While the New Year was started successfully with the traditional race on New
Years Day (3,600 people took part) another major figure could be exceeded this
year: It is expected that more than 125,000 people will enter this years
SCC-RUNNING already is the worlds second biggest organiser of running
events. From those organisers who annually organise a couple of races only the
New York Road Runners Club is bigger than SCC-RUNNING. Their main race is of
course the New York City Marathon which had a record number of finishers
recently (34,703) and was the biggest marathon in 2003.
There were new records at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON as well. For the first
time more than 30,000 runners finished the race (30,709), making this event the
fourth biggest marathon worldwide behind New York, Chicago and London. If you
add Inline Skaters, wheelchair athletes and kids the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON had
55,539 entries from 99 nations. Additionally 11,000 took part at the breakfast
“More and more people realize that running is a healthy sport. Because
of this I am convinced that our sport will grow and continue to be
attractive“, Horst Milde said. It is estimated that 15 million people do
jogging in Germany.
Hiroaki Chosa, the president of the Association of International Marathons
and Road Races (AIMS), also expects running to have a great future: “I am
convinced that running will further develop“, he said (see Interview with
Hiroaki Chosa for more details). The International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF) has also realized the potential of the running events. The
IAAF cooperates with AIMS and a number of road races as well. “Running
has become a cultural phenomenon. Who would have expected that? Just 50 years
ago it was impossible to foresee such a development. Additionally running today
has an important global significance as far as health is concerned“,
Helmut Digel said. He is the Vice-President of the IAAF.