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Registration boom for the real,- BERLIN MARATHON and the Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON

When the SCC RUNNING organisers announced that the start and finish of the

anniversary event of the 30th real,- BERLIN MARATHON on September 27-28, 2003

would be set together on the avenue Straße des 17. Juni, runners and

experts around the world gave their approval, praise, and laudations.

"The decision to relocate to the Brandenburg Gate caused great

enthusiasm everywhere", proclaimed the pleased organisers around Race

Director Horst Milde. For potential participants, the idea of running the last

metres of the marathon across Pariser Platz and through Gemanys most famous

landmark, and then to finally reach the finish line in front of full spectator

stands in front of the Soviet memorial is already seen to be a great emotional

experience."

The decision to move the inline skate marathon to a separate sporting event

on Saturday, September 27, 2003 was also met with great approval. The

announcement of these changes has already caused a boom in the number of

registrants and a rush to the marathon office. The number of those wanting to

run has almost doubled compared to the same time last year, with 11,470

registrations so far.

Half of the registrations were made online on the internet at

www.berlin-marathon.com.

SCC RUNNING has set the limit for the inline skater marathon at 12,000 and

the limit for the runners at 35,000 participants.

The spring classic and counterpart to the fall marathon, the 23rd Bewag

BERLIN HALF MARATHON (21.0975 km), on April 6, 2003, also has a magnetic effect

on the runners. With 7,680 registrations so far, there are almost 50% more

registrations compared to the same time last year. Special training for this

race is offered every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. in the Tiergarten park at the

Siegessäule (Victory Column) in co-operation with the SFB Running Movement

under the direction of John Kunkeler for runners who do not belong to a

club.

 

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