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Participation Record and Top Athletes at the 26th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON

2006-03-27

On Sunday the 26th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON will be started with a new participation record and an international elite field. While there were 18,331 athletes in last year’s edition, there will be an expected figure of around 20,000 this year. With that the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON is the seventh biggest race of its kind in the world. Among the total number are runners as well as walker, wheelchair athletes, hand biker and inline skater. Furthermore the participants of the 3.5 k Vattenfall FUN-RUN, the Kids Race and the Skating Kids Cup are among that total number. For the first time the Vattenfall Berlin Nordic City Walk will be staged on a 6.8 k course.

The Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON will feature the best elite field in its history. The most spectacular commitment is that of US marathon star Deena Kastor. She will use the 26th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON as a dress rehearsal for her start at the Flora London Marathon. The 33 year old had won the bronze medal in extremely hot conditions at the Olympic marathon in Athens in 2004. Last year the US marathon record holder (2:21:16 hours) bettered the national half marathon record as well. With her personal best of 67:53 minutes Deena Kastor has exactly the identical time as the second top runner at the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON: Edith Masai. The Kenyan won the Gold medal at the World Cross Country Championships three times in a row (2002 - 2004). Kastor and Masai are both able to better the current course record of 68:22 minutes.

But there is also a German runner with very good chances at the Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON – which will be impossible in the men’s race. Luminta Zaituc is the defending champion. The 37 year-old won in 71:04minutes in 2005. Her goal is a time of sub 70 minutes and she will try to improve her personal best of 69:35. „I am happy that I can compete again in Berlin,“ said Luminita Zaituc, who additionally finished second in last year’s real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.

There will be a world record holder in Berlin, who is not unknown here: Paul Kosgei won the ,25 km of Berlin’ in the world record time of 1:12:45 hours in 2004. Recently the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie ran faster but there are doubts if the record will be ratified. 27 year-old Kosgei has the fastest half marathon time in the field as well. In Newcastle he won in 59:58 minutes in 2002. In the same year he was World Half Marathon Champion. If Paul Kosgei is in his best shape, the course record could be in danger. Since 2001 the Spaniard Fabián Roncero holds it with 59:52 minutes. Another Kenyan favourite is Joseph Ngolepus. The 30 year-old Kenyan has a personal best of 60:56 minutes and was runner up last year. 2001 he was the surprise winner of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. Currently in good shape is another Kenyan: Evans Cheruiyot finished second at the half marathon in Ostia (Rome) in 60:12 minutes a month ago. .

FIGURES AND DATES FOR THE 26th Vattenfall BERLIN HALF MARATHON
as of Monday, 27th March 2006

Expected overall participation: 20.200
PRE-REGISTRATIONS: 18.893 from 67 nations

15.937

Runner

11.286

Men

4.651

Woman

1.512

Skater

966

Men

546

Woman

7

Handbiker

5

Men

2

Woman

5

Wheelchairs

3

Men

2

Woman

332

Nordic Walker

74

Men

257

Woman

700

FUN-RUN

 

 

 

 

400

Kids Race

 

 

 

STATS OF THE RUNNERS:
1.708 runners come from 67 nations (non Germans)

Most common nations:

410

Netherlands

85

USA

57

Sweden

256

Denmark

71

Italy

55

Poand

228

England

58

Austria

50

France

The development of the Vattenfall BERLIN HALFMARATHON since 1999:

1999

4.763

Participants

2002

14.709

Participants

2000

8.137

Participants

2003

17.692

Participants

2001

11.584

Participants

2004

17.046

Participants

 

 

 

2005

18.331

Participants

The figures include FUN-RUN and Kids Race.

 

TOP Men

Bib.

Name

First name

Age

Nation

PB

in

2

Paul

Kosgei

27

KEN

59:58

1. Newcastle-South

3

Lawrence

Kiprotich

20

KEN

60:30

3. Mailand 05

4

Evans

Cheruiyot

25

KEN

60:14

2. Rom-Ostia 06

5

Joseph

Ngolepus

30

KEN

60:56

1. Den Haag 03

7

Silas

Kirui

24

KEN

61:07

1. Prag 05

8

Benson

Barus

25

KEN

61:14

1. Nizza 05

14

Ernest

Kipyego

27

KEN

61:58

4. Berlin 05

16

Charles

Ngolepus

 

KEN

62:25

6. Berlin 05

17

Moses

Masai

 

KEN

62:48

8. Berlin 02

18

Ernest

Kimeli

19

KEN

62:29

2. New Jersey 05

19

Abraham

Tandoi

31

KEN

62:37

1. Knittelfeld 03

20

Azat

Rakipav

37

BLR

62:56

7. Saint-Denis/Paris 03

25

Jussi

Utriainen

27

FIN

63:45

3. Houston 04

26

Martin

Söderberg

29

SWE

64:47

 

32

Joel

Mwaura

 

KEN

Debüt

 

35

Lennart

Sponar

25

GER

66:48

Griesheim

50

Tom

Scharff

21

GER

Tempo

GRR-Preisträger 2006 (s. Programmheft)

As at: 27th March 2006

 

TOP Women

Bib.

Name

First name

Age

Nation

PB

in

F1

Luminita

Zaituc

37

GER

69:35

2. Luxemburg 04

F2

Deena

Kastor

33

USA

67:53

1. Philadelphia 05

F3

Edith

Masai

38

KEN

67:53

1. Nizza 01

F6

Melanie

Kraus

31

GER

69:36

2. Luxemburg 99

F8

Beatrice

Omwanza

32

KEN

69:47

 

F10

Florence

Chepkurui

22

KEN

70:40

 

F11

Mary

Ptikany

28

KEN

70.18

1. Den Haag 05

F12

Monika

Drybulska

26

POL

73:34

2. Pila 02

F15

Jenny

Johannesson

29

SWE

78:23

 

 

Inline-Skating TOP Men

T1

Atkins

Sutton

Sieger 2005

71

GBR

Team Orthomol-Sport

T2

Zschätzsch

Daniel

Deut. Nat.-mannschaft, Skater des Jahres 05

82

GER

Team Creative-Rollerblade

T3

Begg

Wayne

Internationaler Favorit, Weltcupstarter

83

NZL

ZEPTO Skate Team

T4

Rubick

Clemens

Deut. Nat.-mannschaft, Sieger German Blade Challenge 05

85

GER

VERO-Powerslide Team

T5

Krempl

Bernhard

Skater des Jahres 04

84

GER

ALPA Speed Team

T6

Wieduwilt

Nico

Deutsche Nationalmannschaft, Weltcupstarter

82

GER

ZEPTO Skate Team

T7

Van Loon

Jan

NDL Top-Skater, Weltcupstarter

85

NDL

ZEPTO Skate Team

T8

Grandgirard

Mathieu

Mehrfacher Französicher Meister und Europameister

76

FRA

Team Creative-Rollerblade

T9

Schwierz

Matthias

Deut. Nat.-mannschaft

84

GER

ZEPTO Skate Team

 

Inline-Skating TOP Woman

X1

Gegner

Jana

Berlin, Siegerin 2005

85

GER

ZEPTO Skate Team

X2

Bak

Sarah

Siegerin German Blade Challenge 2005

83

GER

Team KIA Motors Germany

X3

Strüver

Tina

Deut. Nationalmannschaft, Team Europameister 2005

85

GER

Team KIA Motors Germany

X4

Gehring

Friedericke

Deutsche Meisterin Halbmarathon 2004

79

GER

Experts Race Team

X5

Wieduwilt

Sandra

Deut. Nationalmannschaft, Team Europameister 2005

86

GER

Powerslide Racing Team

X6

Van Tournhout

Britta

Siegerin 2004

83

BEL

Team KIA Motors Germany

X7

Rossow

Sabrina

Deut. Nationalmannschaft

86

GER

Experts Race Team

X8

Kessler

Denise

Deut. Nationalmannschaft

86

GER

Team KIA Motors Germany

X9

Frik

Anette

 

78

GER

ZEPTO Skate Team

X10

Neuling

Franziska

 

87

GER

Team C-Quadrat

 

MEDIA-INFORMATION

Press Center:

 

Opening Hours for the Press Center:

Radisson SAS Hotel
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 5
10178 Berlin
Saal Rubin
Telephone: 030 – 23828 8901
Fax: 030 – 23828 3770

 

Friday, 31st March: 10 am to 6 pm
Saturday, 1st April: 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday, 2nd April: 8 am to 8 pm

 

 

 

Further Press Conferences in the Radisson SAS Hotel, Room Rubin:

Friday, 31 st March 2006
Topic: Top Athletes
11 am expected time: 12:15 pm

 

Sunday, 2 nd April 2006
Press Conference with Winners
expected time: 12:15 pm

 

 

 

Media Contact:

Marisa Reich
Telefon: 0178 – 68 29 568
E-Mail: marisa.reich@scc-running.com

 

 

 

Race-Director:

 

 

Mark Milde 0179 – 394 82 76

 

 

 

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Here you’ll find all relevant information of all the events of SCC-RUNNING. Certainly you’ll also find information about the 26th Vattenfall BERLIN HALFMARATHON.


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