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Dresden against flooding


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 contacts - brought about a minor delay in

the preparation of the planned activities.

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Fotos: K. Dahms

The organizing team of the Morgenpost Dresden Marathon ensures that the

event will proceed according to the planned program. The course will run

through the historic downtown area, again as planned. The extensive media

coverage of the flood produced an impressive surge of solidarity and many

inquiries throughout all of Germany. Many supporters of running from all over

Germany have expressed the desire to give meaningful financial support to the

competitors, who have suffered great losses. This is possible, as the

Morgenpost Dresden Marathon event promoters will deposit donations into a

specially organized account of the Elbe-Marathon Dresden, e.V (s. Homepage).

Together with the Dresden Running Store the athletes most in need of assistance

will be determined and donations will be assembled (e.g. also those donations

from manufacturers of athletic equipment). Additionally, from the sales

proceeds of the Fourth Morgenpost Dresden Marathon t-shirts, two Euros per

shirt will be paid into the account. The entire donation procedure will proceed

judiciously so that all contributions > come to the appropriate athletes

without impediment. The final tally of the donations and the name of the

athletes will be made known in the results booklet.

Participation in the Fourth Morgenpost Dresden Marathon can also provide

helpful support for a quick return to normality following the flood. Of

particular interest to many runners would be a chance to participate, for

example at the Berlin Marathon 2002 on the 29th, in the completion of the

half-Marathon or in the 10 km. course at the Fourth Morgenpost Dresden Marathon

on 20 October 2002. Welcome to Dresden and have a great race! Peter Fleischer