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AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Race on Saturday: Record number of 11,000 women and girls to run

Kathrin Weßel and Claudia Dreher will participate in the 10 km race in the Tiergarten Park

2004-05-19

A new record number of participants is again expected at the by far largest women’s race in Germany, on this Saturday, May 22, in the Tiergarten Park. So far, already 9,986 women and girls have signed up for the 21st AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run. This means an estimated 11,000 runners and walkers can be expected. Last year it was exactly 10,528. In 2003, the 10,000 barrier was broken for the first time.

Traditionally, the runners can chose between two distances at the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run: 5 km and 10 km. This year, a new discipline is on the programme of the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run. Nordic walking will be integrated into the race. Walkers and Nordic walkers will have their own 10 km race for the first time. Alternatively, they can also participate in the 5 km race. This year schoolgirls will again make up a large portion of the starting field of this shorter race. The racing programme is rounded off with a ca. 800m Bambini Run for children born in 1994 and later.

From an athletic standpoint, the 10km race will be the highlight. Among others, two top German women runners will be at the start: Kathrin Weßel (SCC Berlin) and Claudia Dreher (Gänsefurther Sportbewegung). Kathrin Weßel, the once world-class long distance track runner, was the German champion in the marathon in 2003. At the 1999 World Championships, Claudia Dreher ran to 9th place in the marathon. "It is always a special motivation for me to run in the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run. This race has gone through a phenomenal development, and the atmosphere is great,“ says Kathrin Weßel, who came in second in last year’s AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run.

It is worth it in many respects to participate in the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run. Every participant will receive a medal, a certificate, presents from AVON and the event t-shirt from adidas. Only the girls registered through their schools will not receive a t-shirt.

Late registration is still possible. Whoever would like to participate can register on Wednesday or Friday at Karstadt Sport in Joachimstaler Straße 5 – 6. That is only true, however, until the limit of 11,500 walkers and runners has not yet been reached. Children can be registered for the Bambini Run on Saturday in the starting area. The supporting programme will begin at 2 p.m.

STARTING TIMES AT THE AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run

3.30 p.m.: 10 km Walking / Nordic Walking 3:40 p.m.: Bambini Run 4:30 p.m.: 5 km (with Walking / Nordic Walking) 6:00 p.m.: 10 km race

CURRENT REGISTRATION AT THE AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run

10 km: 3,784 runners 278 walkers 5 km: 3,060 women runners 2,364 schoolgirls Bambini Run: 500 children

TOTAL: 9,986


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