German Agro Action (DWHH) was an active partner of the real,- BERLIN MARATHON 2003
BERLIN MARATHON runners donated ca. 45,000 Euros for the DWHH
2003-11-19For the second time in the 30-year history of the BERLIN MARATHON, the German Agro Action (DWHH) went to the start again as a charity partner in 2003. The real,- BERLIN MARATHON 2003 was a marathon of superlatives in many ways. Never before were there so many runners and skaters at Germanys largest marathon as in 2003. And never before were so many Euros “run in“ for the drinking water project of the German Agro Action in Butajira, Ethiopia, as in this year at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON – ca. 45,000 Euros.
The DWHH, the charity partner of the BERLIN MARATHON, was active too, with its own celebrity relay—with the race number 33225, which was the account number, as well. The celebrity team included a colourful mix of athletes from various areas. Tegla Loroupe (KEN), the multiple champion of the BERLIN MARATHON and former world record holder left the first 10 kilometres quickly and easily behind her and passed the baton on to Marc Kowalinski, German runner up this year in the 1500m. He passed on the baton to Joycee Moewius, triathlete, at the 20km mark, who ran backwards in part, in order to better show off the Agro Action logo on the back of her t-shirt. Kofi Prah, who was 5th in long jump at the Sydney Olympics three years ago, relieved her. The final runner starting at the 35km mark was André Niklaus, who was 8th in the decathlon at this years world championships.
Willi Wülbeck, sponsoring the idea, who is the current German record holder (1:43:65) and was world champion in the 800m in 1983 in Helsinki (1:43:65), gave the starting shot for the real,- MINI MARATHON for school-age youth. Afterwards he was a much sought-after interview partner on the stage in the finish area at the Brandenburg Gate. The uncomplicated cooperation with the athletes made it an enjoyable event for all involved, and it is certain to be repeated in the future. The German Agro Action would like to sincerely thank everyone who made donations and is very happy that the runners of the anniversary marathon 2003 demonstrated such open arms (and wallets) for the poorest people in the world. We will soon be announcing the total amount of the contributions here. Simone Loose German Agro Action (Deutsche Welthungerhilfe) Team “Run for life“ (Aktionsteam Lebensläufe)
Photo (DWHH/Jungeblodt) relay participants and sponsors (from left to right): Dr. Hans-Joachim Preuß, General Secretary DWHH, Joycee Moewius, Triathlete, André Niklaus, WC 2003 8th place in decathlon, Tegla Loroupe (KEN), multiple champion of the BERLIN MARATHON, Kofi Prah, 5th in long jump at the Sydney Olympics 2000, Marc Kowalinski, German runner up in 2003 in the 1500m, Willi Wülbeck, World Champion in the 800m in 1983 in Helsinki
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