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Dec 2002

Back to the Brandenburg Gate in the Anniversary Year

Berlin is changing - and its marathon is developing further, as well. Since

1981, the final stretch for the marathon runners has been the avenue

Kürfürstendamm - from 2003 on, the Brandenburg Gate will adorn the

finish for the last 300 metres.

For the 30th real,- BERLIN MARATHON, the organisers from SCC-RUNNING have

decided to make room for some political changes and to accommodate the wishes

of the participants from around the world, and have made some alterations. The

start and finish of the...

Jubilee Club Info 2002

Dear BERLIN MARATHON Jubilee Club member,

Shortly before the end of the year, we are sending you the last Running News

of 2002. The result lists of the 29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2002 have been

sent out and, we hope, received. On pages 186-188, there is a list with all

members of the BERLIN MARATHON Jubilee Club (1,067), including the number of

Berlin Marathons in which they have participated. Roland Winterstein became the

1,000th member of the club, as he ran with his wife through the finish...

The Surprise: A live Christmas goose joined in the race

The Christmas surprise was perfect: at the 4th Berlin “Burn off the

Christmas Goose” Run organised by SCC-RUNNING, Santa Claus (Wolfgang

Paech) arrived with a friendly live goose, who was even named

“Joggy”!

Bernd Hübner invited everyone to join him in his traditional Christmas

holiday recuperation and calorie-burning run through the Grunewald Forest - and

was „overrun“ by participants. 183 runners (last year 95), of which

14 were dressed as Santa, ran their best as three TV...

For runners who are visiting Berlin and do not want to miss out on running!

border="1" />Runners in Berlin are invited by SCC-RUNNING to join in several

races at the turn of the year.

You can burn off calories in the Grunewald Forest on the day after

Christmas, on December 26, 2002, at the 4th Berlin "Burn off the Christmas

Goose" Run. Bernd Hübner invites you to join in the ultimate running

recreation in the forest. Santa Claus traditionally joins in the run with a

goose under his arm. We will all jog together for 60 minutes. There will be

Christmas cookies and coffee at the finish...

Singapore Marathon

Three national records in the last six months have helped dispel the reputation

that Constantina Dita built with her crash and burn performance in the world

championship marathon in Edmonton last year. And the Romanian is ready to add

another title to her growing collection in the revamped Singapore Marathon,

sponsored by Standard Chartered Bank on Sunday morning.

At 30k in Edmonton, the Romanian had a two-minute lead on her competitors,

but could only finish tenth, albeit in a personal best of...

Nov 2002

Excellent successes for SCC-RUNNING

The running year 2002 showed an increase in participation for almost all races.

The organisers had to "pull the brake" numerous times and set a limit

so that the races could be properly organised. The enthusiasm for running

continues in Berlin, and the organisers can expect further growth next year for

the well-organised races.

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Television series Marathons to promote running to 80 countries and 240 million people

NEW YORK, NY - (November 11) - The ‘Marathons’ television program

is now the official broadcast series of AIMS, the Association of International

Marathons and Road Races. The joint announcement was made by Hiroaki Chosa,

President of AIMS, and Ambrose Salmini, President of Salmini Films, the series

producer.

Marathons, a monthly television series dedicated to the coverage of major

marathons and road race events from around the world, is broadcast in

approximately 80 countries with a reach of 240...

German Road Races (GRR) - ever closer links

At its annual meeting hosted last weekend in Würzburg (by Residenzlauf

Würzburg), the German Road Races (GRR) council, the association of

road-race organizers in Germany, debate focused on internal issues and the

problems relating to favorably advancing the road-racing circuit in Germany,

and this includes the relationship between GRR and the German Athletics

Association.

German Road Races members include all the major marathon organizers in

Germany, not to mention many other popular marathons...

bin there, done that!

Sonja Oberem is one of the most successful and elegant marathon runners in

Europe. Her success in winning last years ATHENS CLASSIC MARATHON was evident,

but the elegance was not, since due to a monsoon rain, she wore a black plastic

bag - known as a bin bag or trash bag - for much of the route.

Shes hoping for a repeat win on Sunday, without the repeat weather. And the

omens on that score are good, with a forecast of 10-12 degrees centigrade for

the 08.30 start in the village of Marathon,...

Oct 2002

The 33rd New York City Marathon

The 33rd New York City Marathon November 3rd, 2002 It is now just one week

before the 2002 New York City Marathon. It seems many years since the events of

9/11 and the Marathon while in reality it is only last year. Last year’s

race was the first citywide event after 9/ll. There were football and baseball

games, but they only had 50-60.000 spectators. The marathon brought out two and

one half million people to celebrate life and our great city. It was a profound

statement aimed at the world that...

ADCOCKS IN ATHENS

Bill Adcocks will be the guest of honour at the Athens Classic Marathon this

weekend, to watch the latest attempt to break the course record of 2.11.07 that

he set on the original marathon course over 33 years ago.

On the face of it, that is one of the most unlikely statistics in world

athletics, that after one World and two European Championships and a World Cup

on the classic Marathon to Athens course in the meantime, the diminutive

Coventry Godiva Harriers time has endured. But Adcocks, who...

Foolishness led to death of the marathon runner from Hamburg

The runner who collapsed last Sunday during the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON could

not have been saved by the rescue workers, who were there immediately. This is

the conclusion made by the doctor in charge during the race, Dr. Willi Heepe,

after having received background medical information about the deceased man.

The 50-year-old man from Hamburg was a top manager who despite his stress at

work put himself under pressure in his free time, as well. The runner, who was

not married and did not have any...

Berlin proves its reputation and sees superb times by Kipkoech and Takahashi

Once again Berlin has proved its reputation as one of the fastest marathons in

the world. For the first time in its history the real,- BERLIN MARATHON saw

three men crossing the finish line sub 2:07:00. The surprise winner was the

23-year-old Raymond Kipkoech from Kenya. He was ahead of four more countrymen

and improved his personal best by 4:05 minutes, clocking 2:06:47. With this

result the young Kenyan equalled the tenth fastest time of all times. In a

sprint finish Kipkoech beat Simon Biwott...

Sep 2002

BM 02: Naoko Takahashi won again

Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi of Japan won the Berlin Marathon again this

morning, in an unofficial 2hr 21min 48sec. She was two minutes and two seconds

outside the world record she set in Berlin last year, but nevertheless ran the

13th fastest time in history, and her own third best, just one second behind

her Asian Games winning time of 1998 in Bangkok.

Adriana Fernandez of Mexico, who led Takahashi until the 25th kilometre

finished second in 2.24.09, three seconds outside her own best, set...

BM 02: Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi of Japan racked up another major marathon win this morning

Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi of Japan racked up another major marathon win

this morning (Sunday), taking the real-Berlin Marathon in 2hr 21min 49sec. The

irrepressible Kenyans filled the top five places in the mens race, headed by

the little known Raymond Kipkoech who posted the equal tenth fastest in

history, 2.06.47. Although two minutes slower than her world record time here

last year, Takahashi nevertheless ran the 13th fastest ever and rebuffed the

challenge of Adriana Fernandez, who...

Rabbit Run

Three world records in four years attracts top runners to the Berlin Marathon,

and two of those heroes - Naoko Takahashi and Ronaldo da Costa are back this

year for Sundays race. But aspirant champions are more interested by the fact

that the mens event has been won for the last two years by the pacemaker.

Simon Biwott, the winner in 2000 went on to even greater things in the World

Championships in Edmonton last year, when he did so much to make it the best

marathon finish in history, only...

Daughter of the wind blows into town

Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi returns to the Berlin Marathon Sunday, a year

after her ground-breaking world record here, the first time under two hours,

20mins for a woman.

The diminutive 30 year old said today (Thursday) that she has not had the

sort of preparation she enjoyed prior last years race, so is not making any of

the predictions which appeared in the now celebrated Japanese manga comic

strip, Kazekko (Daughter of the Wind), dedicated to her career. "Last year

feels like yesterday,"...

Record entry and a superstar

With altogether 41,376 entries from 90 nations this year’s real,- BERLIN

MARATHON has set yet another record. And in fact there has never been a bigger

marathon worldwide. But of course among the Berlin field there will be 8,369

inline skaters. 32,752 athletes will be running – and among them will be

a superstar of international athletics: Naoko Takahashi.

It was last year in Berlin that the Japanese runner became the first woman

to run a sub 2:20 marathon. Naoko Takahashi smashed a barrier in...

Dresden against flooding

The

flooding of Dresden and the surrounding area in August 2002 caused enormous

damages. These damages partially affected the preparation for the Fourth

Morgenpost Dresden Marathon on 20 October 2002. The course was approximately

ten percent underwater; now, however, it is cleared and clean. Similarly some

of the Marathon’s sponsors suffered damages and had to cancel their

contributions. The exceptional situation - the collapse of a great portion of

the telephone network and the loss of...

No walkover for Naoko Takahashi

"15" align="left" /> Japanese Olympic champion Naoko Takahashi is both the

superstar of and big favourite to win this year’s 29th real,-

BERLIN-MARATHON on 29 September 2002. There must be doubts, however, if she

will find it as easy as last year when she distanced the runner-up by more than

eight minutes. Whereas last year Tegla Loroupe (KEN) was unable to match

Takahashi in any de-partment, there will be a new and promising challenger this

time in Mexican runner Adriana Fernandez. Her biggest success so far was...

Jackpot four all triumph in Berlin

By IAAF Staff / www.iaaf.org - real,- BERLIN-MARATHON thanks the IAAF for its

support

At least a share of 50 kilos of gold was available to any of the four

contenders as long as they won in Berlin and completed a seven out of seven win

streak.

Of the four gold prospectors - Marion Jones was the first on the track but

the American Olympic champion had a terrible start in the womens 100m and was

well down on Jamaicas Tayna Lawrence running in lane 3. After 60 metres though

Lawrence and the rest of...

Pasta party with style

NEW: 29. real.-Berlin-Marathon 2002 - Pasta Party becomes "Pasta

Lounge"!

During the Sports- and Health Expo the Pasta Party will be open on three

days: From Thursday till Saturday. In the Pasta Lounge in the restaurant-area

in hall No 10.1 all starters get a pasta-voucher for one serving of pasta and

sauce. To avoid waiting at the pasta-destribution the starters are asked to

take advantage of the opening-times mentioned below for their Pasta-meal.

On Saturday from 2 p.m., there will be an...

Aug 2002

Boulami storms Zurich with World Steeplechase Record

By IAAF Staff / www.iaaf.org - real,- BERLIN-MARATHON thanks the IAAF for its

support

At yesterdays press conference Boulami, who has owned the world steeplechase

record since last summers Brussels meeting, said that breaking the world record

in Zurich would have an extra special feeling.

Running solo for most of the final three circuits of the race, Boulami

powered his way to a new world mark of 7:53.17, obliterating his old record of

7:55.28. Although Stephen Cherono, the Commonwealth champion...

Pacemakers to guide you through the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2002

The best strategy for success in a marathon is „even Steven“. The

pace should be constant through the whole race, so that negative splits are

avoided. At least, this is true for reasonably flat courses, since the ups and

downs of some others may neither allow nor recommend an even pace. Berlin,

though, will pose no problem whatsoever in this department: Our course is flat

as a pan.

Still, the marathon organisers from SCC-RUNNING, given the positive

experience from previous years, offer an extra...

1st International Congress for endurance sports and sports medicine

From September 26 trough 28, Berlin will see the 1st International Congress for

endurance sports and sports medicine, to be co-hosted every two years by the

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin’s sports medical department and the

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. The congress will be organised in response to the huge

demand for information and discussion on topics related to endurance running

and medical aspects of the sport. It is intended to provide both a platform for

the presentation of recent developments...

RETURN OF THE CHAMPION

At the 28th real,-Berlin-Marathon, the Japanese star become the first woman to

run the distance under two hours, 20 minutes - a historic achievement.

The tiny Takahashi ran a world record 2hr 19min 46sec around the streets of

the German capital realising a dream nurtured by two generations of marathon

women. Added to her Olympic title - the first ever for a Japanese (man or

woman) - this made Takahashi the biggest star in a country where the marathon

is virtually the national sport. The record...

Jul 2002

Important Documents - You have got mail

During the past few days, every participant in the 29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

was mailed an envelope by SCC-RUNNING, titled "Wichtige Unterlagen"

(Important Documents).

The letters went out to participants from 86 countries. They contain the

much-coveted entry confirmation including information about the race bib number

assigned to the recipient.

For this purpose, many busy volunteers had to move and package 3,280

kilograms (3.2 tonnes) of printed paper. The "Important Documents"

acquaint the...

Chirchir sets world junior 1500m mark on a night of records in Monaco

By IAAF Staff / www.iaaf.org - real,- BERLIN-MARATHON thanks the IAAF for its

support

Romania’s world 1500m and Olympic 5000m champion Gabriela Szabo

improved on Sonia O’Sullivan’s European 3000m record of 8:21.64

(set in 1994) with a brilliantly sustained sprint attack over the last 300m of

the women’s 3000m (the bell lap had sounded at 7:19), which finally took

her past Britain’s world cross country champion Paula Radcliffe with 200m

to go, bringing the Romanian home in 8:21.42 (2002 world...

3rd IAAF Golden League Meeting in Rome

By IAAF Staff / www.iaaf.org - real,- BERLIN-MARATHON thanks the IAAF for its

support

After a jet-lagged start to his European tour, Maurice Greene blasted back

to the summit of world sprinting with a superb 9.89 victory in the 100m –

the fastest time in the world this year. Ignoring the distractions of two false

starts by his training partners Jon Drummond and Ato Boldon, the World and

Olympic champion took full advantage of the warm, still conditions, and the

brand new track surface. Greene...

El Guerrouj beats Lagat at the Meeting Gaz de France Paris Saint-Denis

By IAAF Staff / www.iaaf.org - real,- BERLIN-MARATHON thanks the IAAF for its

support

Surging into the penultimate bend in the men’s 1500m, El Guerrouj

quickly established a 10 metre lead which Lagat could never narrow. El Guerrouj

simply laid his cards on the table and asked the rest to follow with a better

suit but Lagat and the others had no better hand. The winning time for Guerrouj

was 3:29.96, a world season’s best, to Lagat’s 3:31.59 – his

season’s best - with France’s Mehdi Baala a...

Jun 2002

Golden League 2003-2005 Venues to be Decided at End of Season

By IAAF Staff / www.iaaf.org - real,- BERLIN-MARATHON thanks the IAAF for its

support

The next meeting of Council is in Paris next Wednesday and Thursday (3-4

July.)

Eight candidates have expressed an interest in being part of the Golden

League for this period - the six incumbent members Berlin, Brussels, Oslo,

Paris, Rome and Zurich - as well as London and Stockholm.

The Working Group will also recommend to Council that the decision about

which six will be selected should be taken at the end of...

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2002 fully booked out

With more than three months to go until race day – 29.09.2002 – the

29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON is fully booked with 33,000 runners and 8,000

inline skaters from 80 nations around the world. The total of 41,000 marathon

starters will make this event the biggest marathon in the world.

Add to this the about 7,000 school children expected to take part in the

14th real,- MINI-MARATHON for schools teams from the Berlin and Brandenburg

region who are to run 4.2195 km of the original marathon course,...

Christian Schenk is ready to fight

Christian Schenk is ready to fight for a bright future of the ISTAF. The

decathlon Olympic champion from Seoul 1988 was appointed meeting director of

this year’s IAAF Golden League final, which will take place on 6th

September in Berlin.

Following the financial collapse of the ISTAF GmbH, which was in charge for

Germany’s most prestigious athletics meeting for several years, a new

company has been set up immediately. News of the financial difficulties of the

ISTAF GmbH were originally made...

Nothing goes – entry limit reached

With 15 weeks to go, the 29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON to be run on 29 September

2002, has already reached its limit number of participants.

A total of 33,000 runners (previous year: 31,690) and 8,000 inline skaters

(2001: 6,105) from 73 nations have entered their names in SCC-RUNNING’s

lists of starters.

With this new record of 41,000 athletes (previous year: 37,795) the 29th

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will add another highlight to the world of running.

 

1st International Endurance and Sports Medicine Congress

The 1st International Endurance and Sports Medicine Congress in cooperation

with the 29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will take place from Sept. 26th –

Sept. 28th, 2002 in the metropolitan Berlin.

The Congress is presented by:

  • Humboldt-University to Berlin
    Department of Sports medicine
  • real,- BERLIN-MARATHON
  • BAS – Berlin Academy of Sports Medicine

Starting in 2002, this congress is supposed to become a major event for

anybody working in the field of endurance sports and sports medicine or

science....

Copenhagen Marathon

In bright sunshine and 20 degrees. It was a grand experience for both

spectators and participants. Here, elite runners and those running a marathon

for the first time, where represented. Many raised their arms in pride and

relief as they passed the finish line.

The warm temperatures caused the participants to quickly need the fluids and

wet sponges available along ther route. While the spectators could lean back

and enjoy the impressive sight of joyfull and enthusiastic runners...

May 2002

A record 9,426 participants tackling the AVON RUNNING women’s race in Berlin

The turn-out was massive. Nobody had expected an increase of such magnitude in

the number of participants for the 19th AVON RUNNING women’s race

organised by SCC Berlin.

A total of 9,426 runners from 24 nations meant that last year’s

figures were exceeded by far. Despite rainy weather and a simultaneously held

large demonstration which coincided with parts of the course on its way towards

Brandenburger Tor, all of the nearly 10,000 female athletes demonstrated their

own kind of women’s power...

25 k race in Berlin:

For the first time in its history Berlin’s traditional 25 k race has the

same winners as the year before. The 2001 champions from Kenya, Rodgers Rop and

Magdaline Chemjor, came back and won again. While the recent Boston Marathon

champion Rop decided the race with a strong sprint finish, Magdaline Chemjor

reached the finish line without any opponents near her. In a tactical race the

26-year-old Rodgers Rop clocked 1:15:48, beating Wilson Onsare (Kenya) by just

one second. Magdaline Chemjor ran...

Apr 2002

Bewag BERLINER HALBMARATHON on the sunny side

The forecast did not look promising, after the days leading up to the 22nd

Bewag BERLINER HALBMARATHON had seen temperatures constantly dropping. Still on

race day morning, it was icy cold and barely above freezing. But then, the sun

came up and kept on shining through the whole race. Though it still was a bit

on the cold side for the top African runners, a high percentage of competitors

achieved personal bests in near-perfect conditions. Of 14,709 competitors from

49 nations who had entered the...

Mar 2002

We Will Never Forget

Allan Steinfeld is the New York City Marathon Race Director. In this exclusive

contribution for the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON website, he summarizes his thoughts

and worries concerning the execution of his race after the tragic events of

9/11. Allan Steinfeld also visited the 28th real.- BERLIN-MARATHON and

participated in the AIMS Board of Directors meeting in Berlin.

Right at the start of the 28th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on 30 September 2001,

he delivered a short address to the runners who were...

More entries than ever for the 22nd Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON

Already, four weeks before the date of the run on the 7th of April 2002, the

record number of 10,474 entries for the 21.0975 kilometre race, including

runners, skaters, power walkers and wheelchair athletes from over 40 countries,

has arrived at SCC RUNNING, the event’s organisers.

This compares with the 7,342 participants who had registered on the

corresponding day in 2001. Including the usual late entrants, altogether 10,119

took on the super-fast course through the capital city. This year the...

Feb 2002

Berlin is in the race for the World’s 2005

Germany will go ahead with the strongest possible contender: the capital. The

German athletics federation, Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (DLV), announced

that Berlin will be the city with which the federation will apply for the

IAAF’s World Championships in 2005. A national selection was necessary as

Stuttgart, the venue of the World Championships in 1993, and Munich, where this

year’s European Championships will take place, also applied for the most

prestigious event in global sports behind...

Teag Indoor Erfurt

Nils Schumann is back – though not at his best. His presence was still

enough to enthuse about 2000 spectators before the start of the Teag Indoor

meeting in Schumann’s hometown Erfurt. The Olympic Champions was

celebrated during a lap of honour with pictures of his Sydney race on the

screen. It was his first race in this meeting after his Olympic gold. But at

the end there was not much to celebrate for Nils Schumann, who finished a

disappointing sixth in the 1000 m race. The 23-year-old clocked...

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