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30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2003

The BERLIN-MARATHON - these words resound wonderfully not only in the ears of the athletes and running fans; a wide audience extending well beyond these groups is also excited about and looking forward to this outstanding international sporting event.

As patron of the event, I therefore do not see much need to advertise for the 2003 BERLIN-MARATHON and its individual competitions. The dates of the Marathon, 27 and 28 September, have surely already been marked down in the calendars of all those interested in it.

However I do want to congratulate and extend my warm thanks to everyone involved. For the BERLIN-MARATHON is this year celebrating its 30th anniversary. It is impressive how much has been accomplished in this period of time - and how much is continuing to be accomplished - by all those responsible for the event and the many volunteer helpers. Not only has there been a notable increase in the number of participants and spectators, the Marathons overall organization, course and services have been continuously optimized. Today, running the 42,195 metres has also become a tourist attraction because runners pass many of the German capitals landmarks on the way.

I know that the preparations for this 30th anniversary BERLIN-MARATHON are in full gear and would like to wish the team responsible for organizing the event continued good luck and much success.

Yours sincerely

Gerhard Schröder
The federal chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany