SCC RUNNING Newsletter 09 / 2003
News for runners
2003-09-071. Arrive in good health at the finish of the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2003!
2. Doctors-Charity Run for Multiple Sclerosis
3. MarathonFoto - The official photo partner again this year!
4. Your results on the mobile phone
5. Medical Studies at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON
6. Charity Partnership with the German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe)
1. Only 4 more weeks off to the 30th Anniversary Marathon 2003
In four weeks the 30th real,- BERLIN MARATHON will already be (sport) history and you were part of it! You will know then if all of your preparation was correct or what you did wrong.
In Berlin the organisers from SCC-RUNNING are now making the final and really final preparations. On Sunday there was a traditional cult run that has been known for years as the "Only 4 more weeks to the BERLIN-MARATHON", which drew 132 Berliners last year for an easy training through the Grunewald Forest. Yesterday there were, believe it or not, 1,068 participants!!! The conclusion made by SCC-RUNNING: The Berliners are taking their preparation for the anniversary marathon on September 27-28, 2003 seriously.
We hope you are, too. You should use the last few weeks before the running event well, to prepare yourself seriously both in training form and health for the adventure of the big loop through Berlin. You should get advice about the correct clothing and shoes from experienced runners and you should definitely consult an experienced doctor for a thorough check-up.
That is our main priority: You should run through the Brandenburg Gate in good health with a smile on your face about 300 metres further the medals and photographers are waiting for you at the finish!
The inline skaters will start this year on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. on the boulevard Strasse des 17. Juni. The skaters course differs slightly from the original course of the runners. The finish is on Pariser Platz (in front of the Brandenburg Gate). As the limit of participants has not been reached, the registration deadline has been moved back one week to September 5, and the fee has not been raised. Your colleagues, friends can register easily at ->http://www.berlin-marathon.com/events/oa
The runners are very welcome to get a closer look at the skaters and cheer them on during their race. This is the first time that will be possible, as in previous years the skaters were already across the finish when the runners had not yet reached the 10 km mark.
The preparations of the TV station ARD are also going full throttle: your friends can watch Germany s largest and most important marathon spectacle live on TV (ARD) from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Spread the word and programme your VCR. We wish you (and us) good preparation in the last 4 weeks before the race.
Your SCC RUNNING Team
2. Doctors-Charity Run for Multiple Sclerosis
There is a special event for the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON for the doctors participating in the race.
As in the years before, the company Schering AG is giving 100 EUR to the German Multiple Sclerosis Society for each doctor who successfully finishes the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.
All colleagues who would like to participate should contact Prof. Dr. med. C. D. Reimers, Klinik für Neurologie, Sächsisches Krankenhaus, Postfach 1165, 01475 Arnsdorf, Tel. 035200/263511, Fax 035200/263513 or by email at Carl.Reimers@skhar.sms.sachsen.de, with your name, address, and if possible, email address.
3. MarathonFoto The official photo partner again this year!
The real,- BERLIN-MARATHON is happy to have MarathonFoto as the official marathon photographer again this year. MarathonFoto has 20 years of experience in the area of sport photography, and as a pioneer in photo-online-ordering, they operate completely digitally. The participants of last years real,- BERLIN-MARATHON praised the quality of the photos, the speed with which they were available online, and the simplicity of ordering online.
As an extra bonus for the participants in the inline skate marathon 2003, the MarathonFoto team will also be on the course taking pictures of the inline skaters this year, too.
On the day of the marathon, MarathonFoto will be present with 30 photographers at 10 points along the course and will be documenting the experience of the 30th real,- BERLIN- MARATHION for you with over 100,000 pictures. In order for MarathonFoto to be able to take good photos of you and to get them on the internet as fast as possible, please wear your race number so that it can be seen easily on your chest - or for the skaters - on your helmet (separate stickers will be in your race bag) and thigh.
On Saturday, October 4, 2003, you will be able to view and order your photos at www.marathonfoto.com. To log in, just enter your last name and race number.
4. Your results on the mobile phone
Now for the fourth time, it is possible to have your personal results from the real,- BERLIN -MARATHON sent to your mobile phone. The message will be sent by SMS only seconds after the finish! The free service, in which participants can supply up to 3 mobile phone numbers and one email address to which the results of a specific race number will be sent, is again being offered by the Institute for Practical Informatics of the University of Linz, under the leadership of Prof. Ferscha.
"We are pleased to be able to give a special treat again this year for the event of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON especially as we expect to send the 100,000th message per SMS at this anniversary event", says Prof. Ferscha.
Registration is possible starting on Wednesday, September 3, 2003 at -> www.berlin-marathon.com- look for the mobile telephone icon on the homepage. But hurry the number of messages that can be registered is limited.
5. Medical Studies at the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON Again this year there will be several medical studies relating to the real,- BERLIN- MARATHON in which the active athletes can participate.
The real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, the Department of Sport Medicine of the Humboldt University, BAS and the SMS are looking for volunteers to participate in various studies:
-> Who wants to know what his/her personal dehydration level is when running?
Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about drinking during physical activity. News reports about the necessary liquid intake have been circulating in the USA, stating that runners often drink too much.
Since the need for liquids can differ significantly from person to person, we would like to give you the opportunity within the framework of a study to find out your own level of hydration necessary. For this study, 1000 participants in the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON --500 men and 500 women-- are needed. The study is being carried out together with the Department of Sport Medicine of the Humboldt University.
What does participation involve? All you have to do is be weighed directly before and after the marathon. The weighing will take place in the start and finish area. You also have to note the amount of liquids consumed during the race. Furthermore you will need to fill out a questionnaire about your training and about any complaints you had during the race. The time necessary is minimal.
If you are interested in participating in this study, please register at: firstname.lastname@example.org. The study is possible through the friendly support of the Berlin Water Works.
6. Charity Partnership with the German Agro Action (Welthungerhilfe)
For the second time, the German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe) will be at the start on September 27 + 28, 2003, as the charity partner of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. The aim of the partnership with the event organiser SCC-RUNNING is to help people in Iraq and in the running nation Ethiopia through sport. Last year the fantastic sum of 35,000 EUR was collected for charity. This year through the marathon registrations, more than 20,000 EUR has already been collected for post-war Iraq by the participants.
Two projects - a common goal
The charity money collected in 2003 under the motto "United we run for Life" will be used for the Iraqi and Ethiopian aid projects of the German Agro Action. The Ethiopia project of German Agro Action has as its primary goal lasting and long-term assistance in the communities around Butajira (about 140 km south of the capital Addis Abeba). To achieve this goal, the German Agro Action and the Ethiopian Rural Community Water Development Organisation (COWDO) have been working together for the past ten years. COWDO provides water for families and villages. In 2003, a further 2,400 people are to receive clean drinking water. The aid includes building a new well, the organisation of an independent local water committee for self-help, the training of local water technicians, as well as hygiene counselling. Visible successes can already be seen. Most of all, women and girls are profiting from the project. Through the improvements in the water supply, their daily workload has been greatly reduced. Especially the girls now have time for their schooling.
A sporting means for active contribution
The organisers of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON and the German Agro Action are convinced that an especially active contribution is possible through sport. For this reason, they would like to make an appeal to support these projects. The runners can either get sponsors by the km or minute, or one can make donations directly to the German Agro Action project
More information is available at:
German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe), Aktionsbüro, Tel 0228 / 22 88 160 E-Mail:email@example.com Internet: http://www.welthungerhilfe.de/
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