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Sep 2007

Haile Gebrselassie breaks world record in 34th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

This was his seventh attempt at the marathon, and Haile Gebrselassie finally succeeded in one of the objectives he set himself when he launched himself into the 42.2k race five years ago. He broke the world record in the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON today, running 2.04.26, taking 29 seconds off the record of friend and rival, Paul Tergat of Kenya, who ran 2.04.55 in this same event in 2003. “This was something special,” said the 34 year old Ethiopian immediately after he emerged from a scrum of...

Famous pacers at real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

It’s getting so that the pacemakers are as famous as the performers. And when you have Haile Gebrselassie and Gete Wami defending their titles in the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday, that’s saying something. When news of Sonia O’Sullivan’s impending retirement from international athletics was announced earlier this year, few expected her to pop up in a marathon at the eleventh hour and 59 minutes. But, if she was going to have a last fling at the 42k, this was the one to do.

34th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON live on the internet at

The real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will be shown live on the internet. Viewers will be able to tune in from across the world through simply subscribing to, therefore it will be the second time, that the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will be broadcasted in the USA. The real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will have 40,215 participants and the legendary Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie will attack the world record.

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON: Haile likely

Ambition is a fine thing. And it’s even finer when the person harbouring the ambition has the talent and drive to achieve it. Haile Gebrselassie doesn’t lack any of the aforementioned attributes, but he’s always been cautious about announcing targets in such a precarious event as the marathon, the more so when his record at 42k has been somewhat less auspicious than the rest of his illustrious career. But when the 34 year old superstar turned up in Berlin a few weeks ago to announce the defence...

Press conference Highlights - Thursday, 27th September 2007

Gete Wami, (Ethiopia) real,- BERLIN champion 2006: „I am pleased to start in Berlin for the second time. I am in good shape but do not want to make predictions for the race on Sunday. To run a time of sub 2:20 hours will depend on many factors like weather and competition. I did not change my preparations for this marathon also when I am running the ING New York City Marathon in November. It is always the same hard training. Marathon is never easy. That is the way I am living. At the moment put...

The real,- BERLIN – MARATHON - this year for the first time under meteorological control

This year the Institute of Meteorology of the Free University Berlin, the society Berliner Wetterkarte e.V. and three grammar schools in Berlin will be recording the meteorological conditions along the route of the real,- BERLIN - MARATHON for the first time. Five mobile measuring instruments, which have been purchased in the course of a project sponsored by the Robert-Bosch-foundation to establish cooperation between schools and research centres, will record the meteorological conditions during...

Sonia O’Sullivan runs real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

Sonia O’Sullivan will run the 34th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on 30th September. For the 37 year-old, who has dual citizenship of Ireland and Australia, this will probably be her last race in Germany. O’Sullivan had announced that she is going to retire from the sport. Among her rivals at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will be the defending champion Gete Wami (Ethiopia).

Aug 2007

New duel between Haile Gebrselassie and Sammy Korir at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

Defending champion Haile Gebrselassie will face strong opposition at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on 30th September. There will be another edition of the duel between the Ethiopian super star and the second fastest marathon runner in the world: Sammy Korir (Kenya) finished second at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON in 2003 with a time of 2:04:56 hours and is therefore exactly one minute faster than Haile Gebrselassie. In 2003 Korir finished only one second behind Paul Tergat (Kenya). Tergat established...

Defending champion Gete Wami returns to the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

Defending champion Gete Wami (Ethiopia) will return to the 34th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on 30th September. That means that both champions will come back to Germany’s biggest marathon race. Wami’s fellow countryman Haile Gebrselassie intends to break the world record set by his big rival Paul Tergat (Kenya/2:04:55) in 2003 in Berlin. For Gete Wami it is also about more than just the victory in Berlin. If she will win the race with 40,000 runners again, she would take the lead in the World Marathon...

Jun 2007

Haile Gebrselassie returns to real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

Haile Gebrselassie, the defending champion, will return to the 34th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. The signing of the exceptional Ethiopian runner was announced by Race Director Mark Milde. Last year Haile Gebrselassie won the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON in the fastest time of the year of 2:05:56 hours. The most spectacular German road race will be held on September 30th with up to 40,000 runners. The race belongs to the World Marathon Majors (WMM).

Apr 2007

World Marathon Majors race heats up in London

The countdown to the inaugural World Marathon Majors Series championship continued today as the Flora London Marathon crowned its winners Martin Lel (KEN) and Chunxiu Zhou (CHN). Lel’s victory strengthened the chances for current World Marathon Majors points leader Robert K. Cheruiyot (KEN) to take the 2006-07 crown. Zhou’s victory marked the first time a Chinese athlete – male or female – has won any one of the five World Marathon Major races.

World Marathon Majors 2006-07 Leaderboard Advances at Boston Marathon

Boston, Mass. (April 16, 2007) – The chase for the inaugural World Marathon Majors Series championship heated up at the 111th Boston Marathon today as champions Robert K. Cheruiyot (KEN) and Lidiya Grigoryeva (RUS) each earned 25 points in the race for the $1 million prize purse. The champions battled the elements and strong fields to further their positions in the series and simultaneously establish themselves as the early leaders on the 2007-08 circuit.

Inaugural World Marathon Majors Series Enters Stretch Run

A course record, nine national records, and some of the most exciting finishes in recent memory highlighted the inaugural season of the World Marathon Majors Series. Launched in 2006, the WMM united the world’s most prominent marathons—Boston, Flora London, real,-Berlin, The LaSalle Bank Chicago, and ING New York City—in a two-year series. As the world’s top marathoners vied for the early WMM Series lead, 45 athletes earned points—and positioned themselves for a run at their share of a $1...

Flash Quotes from winners and leading finishers

Patrick Makau Musyoki (Kenya), winner of the 27th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON in 58:56 (course record and personal best)


“I’m happy to have broken the course record and very pleased with how things went for me in Berlin. The course is very good and I’m sure that the world record can be broken here.”

Mar 2007

Johnson looking for fast half marathon in Berlin

Australian record holder Benita Johnson on Sunday plans sending out a final warning to her rivals that she is in the best shape of her life before contesting the Flora London Marathon. The former world cross country champion believes the Vattenfall Berlin half marathon, will offer her the ideal opportunity to put the final touches to her preparations, before London in three weeks time. Johnson over the very quick course, believes the presence of last year's winner Edith Masai of Kenya, will be...

Great field entered for 111th Boston Marathon

In its 22nd year as principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock announced its elite team of 25 marathon runners from eight countries, including American Olympic bronze medalist Deena Kastor, defending champions Rita Jeptoo and Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya and past champion Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia. Also in the field are the leaders of the World Marathon Majors Series. The race is set for Monday, April 16, 2007.

Patrick Makau, second in Ras Al Khaimah, runs Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON

Patrick Makau will run the 27th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON on 1st April. The Kenyan has shown some great form in early Febuary when he came in second in Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates), where Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya) broke the world record. While Wanjiru clocked 58:53 in this race and recently improved to 58:35 Makau set a personal best of 59:13. With this mark he is just six seconds slower than the current course record of the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON set by Paul Kosgei (Kenya)...

Kenyans Cheruiyot and Taragon return to the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON

While it had been announced just a couple of days ago that the defending women’s champion Edith Masai (Kenya) will return to the 27th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON on 1st April Race Director Mark Milde signed three more Kenyan athletes. Among them are Evans Cheruiyot and Wilfred Taragon who had placed second and third in last year’s edition of Germany’s biggest and best quality half marathon. Additionally Francis Kibiwott will run in Berlin, where a total of more than 20,000 athletes are...

Mizuki Noguchi out of London

Olympic Champion Mizuki Noguchi, who has won the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON in 2005 with the present course record, has withdrawn from the Flora London Marathon on April 22nd due to an Achilles tendon injury. Race Director, David Bedford commented: “We are obviously very disappointed that Noguchi will not be joining us in London this spring, but reports from her coach were that from late January Mizuki was bothered with an inflamed Achilles tendon in her left leg, and this hampered her enough that...

Feb 2007

2005 Men’s Champion Hailu Negussie Set for Rematch with Defending Champions During 111th Boston Marathon

John Hancock Financial Services announced that defending Boston Marathon champions Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot and Rita Jeptoo will face an elite group of athletes with a depth of experience on the challenging course during the 111th running of the race on April 16. The top contenders in the men’s group include Hailu Negussie of Ethiopia, the men’s 2005 champion, and several past runners-up.

Benita Johnson will run Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON on 1st April

Australia’s marathon record holder Benita Johnson will run the 27th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON on 1st April. The 27 year-old is the first major signing for the biggest German half marathon. More prominent names are expected to be released soon. Organisers of SCC-RUNNING have registered already more than 10,000 entries for the race. Adding skaters, wheelchair athletes, handbikers and walkers about 20,000 participants are expected to take part in the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON.

Jan 2007

Deena Kastor to run Boston Marathon in April

In its 22nd year as the major sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial Services announced the entry of the world’s top three ranked women marathoners for the 111th running of the race on April 16. Olympian and American Record Holder Deena Kastor is set to compete against returning Boston Champion Rita Jeptoo and World Marathon Majors Leader Jelena Prokopcuka.

Gebrselassie, Tergat and Baldini set for London

Some of the world’s greatest marathon runners will go head-to-head in a battle for the 2007 men’s Flora London Marathon title on Sunday April 22nd. Last year’s fastest marathon runner Haile Gebrselassie will take on his great rival and world record holder Paul Tergat of Kenya, plus Italy’s Olympic Champion Stefano Baldini, Morocco’s double World Champion Jaouad Gharib, and the reigning London champion Felix Limo of Kenya, in one of the highest quality men’s fields ever assembled for a major city...

Leaders of World Marathon Majors to run Boston Marathon

In its 22nd year as the major sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial Services announced the return of two-time champion Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot of Kenya and last year’s runner-up Jelena Prokopcuka of Latvia for the 111th running of the race on April 16. Cheruiyot and Prokopcuka have chosen to compete in Boston to reinforce their commanding lead in the prestigious World Marathon Majors series and move closer to sharing the million-dollar prize awarded at the end of the year.

3,900 runners at the Berlin New Year’s Day Run

SCC RUNNING started off the running year 2007 at noon at the Brandenburg Gate with 3,900 participants. The runners joined in the festive atmosphere along the 4 k course without timekeeping or a competitive character at the 36th Berlin New Year’s Day Run. The course led primarily down and back the grand boulevard Unter den Linden to the Brandenburg Gate. The director of the ARD capital television studio, Werner Sonne, sent off the runners with the starting shot and then joined in himself. In lieu...