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AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Race: Record number of up to 12,000 women runners expected

Mockenhaupt and Dreher run AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Race

2005-05-17

The 22nd edition of the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run will take place this coming Saturday in the Tiergarten park with a record number of as many as 12,000 participants. The event will start at 3:15 p.m. on the boulevard Straße des 17. Juni. The athletic highlight will be the 10 k race, when at 6 p.m. the German top female runners, Sabrina Mockenhaupt (LG Sieg) and Claudia Dreher (Gänsefurth Sport Movement) will face one another. The development of the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run is outstanding. Just four years ago there were only half as many contestants as there are today, and in 1997 there were only 2,000 women and girls participating.

With the new record number of participants, the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run is the largest event in the international AVON running and walking series. A total of 65,824 women and girls have participated in all of the 21 editions of the Berlin race. That will mean that the 75,000th participant in the Tiergarten will be present this time.  It happens to be the 44-year-old Berlin physiotherapist Elisabeth Süßkow.

There is a choice of two distances being offered on Saturday - 5 and 10 k - which can be run, walked or Nordic walked. There will also be over 2,000 schoolgirls participating in the 5 k race. The programme is rounded out with an approx. 800 m Bambini run for children born in 1995 and later. Boys are allowed to participate in the Bambini run as well.

It is well worth it for all girls and women to participate in the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run. All participants will receive a medal, a certificate, and gifts from AVON as well as an event t-shirt from adidas. (The girls registered through the schools will not receive a t-shirt).

Late registration for Germany’s largest women’s race is still possible. Whoever would still like to participate can register on Thursday or Friday at Karstadt Sport in Joachimstaler Strasse 5 – 6. In addition, one can still register starting at 2 p.m. on the day of the event on-site on the Straße des 17. Juni. Registration for children for the bambini run on Saturday will also be located in the extended starting area.

With Sabrina Mockenhaupt and Claudia Dreher, there will be two top German runners competing in the 10 k race who have already qualified for the World Championships in August in Helsinki. Melanie Krauss (Bayer Leverkusen) will also be participating. 24-year-old Sabrina Mockenhaupt, who will compete in the 10,000 m race at the World Championships, is the favourite on Saturday over the marathon specialist Claudia Dreher. But the 34-year-old, who came in second last year at the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run and who will compete in the 42,195 km race in Helsinki, has recently demonstrated that she is stronger than ever before. “This race was thrilling. Everything fits perfectly at this race—the organisation, the atmosphere, and the participation. The focus is on women, and you feel like you are on par with everyone”, said Claudia Dreher after her race in Berlin in 2004.

The STARTING TIMES at the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run

3:15 p.m.    10-km Walking and Nordic Walking
3:20 p.m.    Bambini Run
4:15 p.m.    5-km Run with timekeeping
4:20 p.m.    5-km Run without timekeeping
4:25 p.m.     5-km Walking and Nordic Walking
6:00 p.m.    10-km Run

The REGISTRATION STATISTICS for the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run

10 km:
4,148 Runners
586 Walkers and Nordic Walkers

5 km:
2,891 Runners, Walkers, and Nordic Walkers          
2,000 School Girls

Bambini Run:     
500 Children

TOTAL:               
10,125 Women and girls

The photo agency Camera 4 offers current photo material on the AVON RUNNING Berlin Women’s Run with Sabrina Mockenhaupt. Tel: + 49 - 30 – 823 00 22

Further information is available from SCC RUNNING at tel: + 49 - 30 – 3012 8810 or online at: www.berliner-frauenlauf.de


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