28,033 runners crossed the finish of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON
The cooperation with the police ran perfectly, there were no serious medical emergencies
2004-09-28The cooperation with the police ran perfectly, there were no serious medical emergencies, and Felix Limo thrilled the crowds a second time at the after-race party
The participants of the 31st real,- BERLIN MARATHON were well prepared. Of 28,681 runners who started on Sunday, 28,033 reached the finish. That means a 97.74 % finisher rate. It was even higher for the inline skaters on Saturday, with a 98.10 % success rate. Of 6,223 skaters, 6,105 reached the finish at the Brandenburg Gate.
Better informed and better prepared
“The runners are better informed and better prepared than in earlier years,“ explained Dr. Willi Heepe, the medical director of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.
First aid was administered 1,185 times on Sunday, including minor treatments like handing out band-aids. The only major problem on Sunday involved a runner (born in 1928) who collapsed at kilometre 38. He was taken care of immediately and was never in a life-threatening situation.
Excellent cooperation with the police
The cooperation with the police was just as excellent as with the sport medicine services. The Berlin police did a job like never before in keeping the course free of hindrances. “We would like to express our thanks for the fantastic joint work with the police. I am very happy with the entire course of the event,” declared race director Mark Milde.
His father, Horst, who passed on the position of race director to Mark at the beginning of the year, commented on the organisation: “I am still helping out where I can in the background. The transition to the new race director went perfectly – but who can really talk of a transition? Everything is going on just as earlier, except that the positions were quasi switched.”
The managing director of SCC RUNNING, Rüdiger Otto, joked: “MOMA is still in Berlin – Marathon Ohne (without) Milde Absurd.“
Felix Limo with astounding dance moves - Shibui too
While Felix Limo thrilled the crowds with astounding dance moves, Yoko Shibui kept off the dance floor. “I was simply too tired,” explained the women’s champion, while Felix Limo almost left the impression that he had kept back his reserves during the race to save some for the party.
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