3,900 participants open the running year 2005 at the 24th Berlin New Year’s Run.
Joachim Zeller gave the starting shot and ran himself. Many donations were collected from the runners and spectators
2005-01-03The running year 2005 began in Berlin just 12 hours after midnight: 3,900 participants started at the Brandenburg Gate at the 34th Berlin New Year’s Run. Some dressed in colourful costumes, the runners jogged the four kilometre course down the boulevard “Unter den Linden”, making a loop around the Berlin Cathedral and the Lustgarten.
The finish of the non-competitive race was back at the Brandenburg Gate.
The major of the district of Berlin-Mitte, Joachim Zeller, gave the starting shot and then ran himself. The assistant (on the right) is the ol’ champ Horst Milde.
Donations for UNICEF
As is tradition, SCC-RUNNING does not collect a registration fee for Berlin New Year’s Run. Instead, just like at the 29th New Year’s Eve Run the day before with 1,939 participants, donations were collected for UNICEF. The money collected will go to help the victims of the Tsunami in Asia. The runners were generous in their donations, and SCC-RUNNING will round off the total collected.
Thank you for € 6,655.52 collected for UNICEF
UNICEF and SCC-RUNNING would like to say THANK YOU for the € 6,655.52 which the participants donated.
Rounded off by SCC-RUNNING, this means that UNICEF will receive € 7,000.
Joachim Zeller gave the starting shot and then ran
The district mayor of Mitte-Tiergarten, Joachim Zeller, gave at the starting shot at 12 noon on January 1 at the Brandenburg Gate. After shooting off the gun, he jogged along with the others, later saying:
“That was a nice start for the new year. One was surrounded by happy people. I really wanted to be part of it this year.“ In the past years Joachim Zeller often gave the starting shot. This year he ran along easily...the good mood was catching and motivating.
Among the runners were also Berlin’s Secretary of Sport, Thomas Härtel, and Peter Kurth, an ex-senator of Berlin.
The great number media, photo and radio crews who were there is worth mentioning, some of whom ran along with their microphones in hand.
Slow pace makers with flags
The moderator Karsten Holland provided good music to put the record number of participants in a good mood—and many of the spectators also joined in, clapping along.
The jogging pace for the New Year’s runners was set by a large group of SCC runners carrying flags from around the world. Whole families participated, holding hands with their children or pushing them in baby joggers.
The four-year-old Lukas made it the whole way, as did the 90-year-old Heinz Hesse, who never misses being part of it all on this day.
Photos by Bernd Hübner
All of the participants received a certificate at the finish signed by Heinz-Florian Oertel, who initiated this run in 1972 in Friedrichshain.
Cult Run since 1990 at the Brandenburg Gate
On January 1, 1990 – shortly after the Wall fell – the New Year’s Run became a great political event, when for the first time the run went from the West to the East –and back—through the Brandenburg Gate.
It was Stefan Senkel (East) and Horst Milde (West) who then were able to make it possible to run through the two openings in the Wall and through the Brandenburg Gate. Since then, the SCC-RUNNING event has had its start at the Brandenburg Gate.
Donations were also collected along the way
The Berlin police did a good job leading the race—without much bureaucratic red tape—through the streets lined with spectators and tourists. The runners also collected money along the course for the victims of the Tsunami in Southeast Asia with UNICEF donation tins.
The German Red Cross provided hot tea at the finish. And whoever gave a small donation also received a donut.
Reception in the COMMERZBANK
As is tradition, SCC RUNNING had a reception after the New Year’s Run. In the COMMERZBANK, Pariser Platz 1, directly next to the Brandenburg Gate, those involved with SCC RUNNING, friends, patrons, sponsors, politicians, representatives from relief agencies and organisations, colleagues and volunteers, could look back together at the successful running year and get ready together for the new running year 2005.
Thank you to the COMMERZBANK - with Monica Roesner at the forefront – who has a big heart for UNICEF and for the sport of running.
129,367 participants in the year 2004
The day before, SCC-RUNNING had finished off a record year with the New Year’s Eve Run. With 129,367 participants in the year 2004, Germany’s largest running event organiser registered more participants than ever before in its 40-year history.
"We are proud that we have been able to keep up the positive trend and hope to be able to continue this successful development in 2005,” says Race Director Mark Milde.
Since 1964, SCC RUNNING has registered a total of 1,397,377 participants in 366 events.
Donations for the victims of the Tsunami can also be made
Account: 56 56 56 6
Bank Number: 100 400 00 - Commerzbank Berlin
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