New Start and Finish Area for the Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON at the Schloßplatz
Last year, over 17,500 athletes participated
2004-03-01The 24th Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON will take place on a new course on April 4th. The new attraction will be the start and finish area that will now be on the Schloßplatz, the old palace grounds, on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße (start) and the boulevard Unter den Linden (finish). Previously, the start was on the Karl-Marx-Allee and the finish on Alexanderstraße.
"We are pleased that, together with the authorities, we have been successful in relocating the start and finish to the Schloßplatz. That is an appropriate location for this high-class international race. The Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON will thus continue to gain in appeal,“ explained Race Director Milde. The pictures of the finish line, which lies directly in front of the Schloßbrücke “Palace Bridge“, will show the Berlin Cathedral in the background. Like the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, where the finish was moved to the Brandenburg gate in 2003, the Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON will thus also become an even more valuable advertisement for the city.
In order to not disturb the church service in the cathedral during the finish, the starting times for the 24th Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON have been moved back slightly. The runners will begin the 21.0975 km course at 10:40 am. (was 10 am). The starting gun for the inline skaters will be at 10:20 a.m. The 3.5 km Bewag FUN RUN for school kids and beginning runners will begin at 10:55 a.m.
The course had to be altered slightly at various points in order to retain the correct half marathon distance. At the Charlottenburg Palace, the course will go down the Spandauer Damm a little bit longer before it turns into Sophie-Charlotten-Straße. Thus, the cobblestones in the Schloßstrasse will be avoided, which is especially good for the inline skaters. The profile of the course will remain very flat, allowing the course to continue to present the ideal conditions for top international times.
Last year, over 17,500 athletes participated in the Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON. On April 4, a similar number of participants is expected. Registrations can be made either in the running office of SCC RUNNING (Tel.: 030 - 3012 8810) or online at: www.berlin-marathon.com.
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