Message of greeting of the Federal chancellor of The Federal Republic
of Germany, Gerhard Schröder
"Gerhard Schröder" /> Once again, this years 29th BERLIN-MARATHON
sponsored by real,- brings together running fans from all over Germany, Europe
and many other countries around the world. 41,000 men and women will be taking
a route across Berlin. The runners, wheelchair athletes and skaters all have
various expectations: outstanding times, personal best marks or just simply
reaching the finish line.
I would like to welcome all the participants, those there to look after
them, the friends and relations who are also here and all the spectators of the
29th BERLIN-MARATHON sponsored by real,-. Emil Zatopek, the legendary runner
from Prague, once explained the phenomenon of running with the simple words
"Birds fly, fish swim, people run". In the meantime . and a few years
have passed since Emil Zatopeks time . many people have discovered the joy and
fun of this sport. As for Berlin in particular, a marathon provides a thrill
shared by participant and spectator alike.
I would like to thank the organizers, the many volunteers, the police, the
emergency services and all those who are working to make this years marathon
the usual success. My special thanks go to the organizing Sport-Club
Charlottenburg (SCC) and its members, who devoted many hours in preparation for
this event whose popularity extends far beyond the city limits, and who are
celebrating their clubs 100th anniversary . happy birthday SCC!
I am especially pleased that the 29th BERLIN-MARATHON sponsored by real,- is
again linked to a humanitarian project. The participants will be helping German
Agro Action in Afghanistan and thus jointly setting an example against world
hunger. My sincere thanks go to all concerned.
I wish every participant success in achieving his or her hoped-for goal, the
organizers the smooth running of the marathon and the spectators many hours of
Message of greeting from the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus
"Klaus Wowereit" /> More than 41,000 competitors from over 80 countries will be
taking part in an unparalleled sports highlight again this year, making Berlin
once again a city on the move. The marathon has become one of Berlins
trademarks as a city of sports, and there is no end in sight to this success
This year, however, we will be celebrating not only new records, but also an
anniversary. The SCC, the traditional organizer of the big "loop," is
celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. A better setting for a splendid
party can hardly be imagined.
I would like to wish all of the competitors-from the star athletes to the
recreational runners-an unforgettable running experience on the streets of
Berlin, good marathon weather, and an enjoyable stay in our city, which, as it
does every year at this time, belongs to the runners for the weekend.