Paul Kigen and Monika Drybulska win the 10k on the Kurfürstendamm
A NEW RECORD NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS AND
There was a great atmosphere at the 13th edition of the Bewag Berlin
City Night on Saturday evening on the Kurfürstendamm. At the
largest street race of this kind in Germany, the organiser SCC RUNNING
registered a new record number of participants and spectators: with 7,924
runners, inline skaters, walkers, and wheelchair athletes, last year’s
record (7,094) was broken by more than 10 percent. Not only that, but about
55,000 spectators lined the course, primarily down the Kurfürstendamm and
The Kenyans celebrated a double victory in the main 10k race (with
6,193 runners and walkers, the bulk of the participants).
Paul Kigen won with a time of 30:04 minutes with only a one-second lead over
his fellow Kenyan James Rotich. “I really liked the atmosphere. It was
not an easy race, the competition was strong,” said the 29-year old
champion, who took home the winning prize of 500 Euros (as did the fastest
woman). The best German was Embaye Hedrit (LAC Quelle Fürth-München)
in third place with a time of 30:47.
Carsten Eich (LG Braunschweig) missed a hattrick on the Kurfürstendamm.
After winning the last two years, the strongest German road runner over the
past few years dropped out between the 6th and 7th kilometre. “I felt
wiped out from the beginning and I didn’t feel like finishing with a time
of 32 minutes,” said Eich, who also won in 1999 and 2000.
Monika Drybulska (Poland) easily won the women’s race in 33:23. For
the 24-year-old it was a successful test run for the Olympic Marathon in Athens
in three weeks. Second place went to the 22-year-old Romy Spitzmüller (LAZ
Leipzig/34:22), who will be starting at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON on September
26th. Kathrin Weßel (SCC Berlin/34:51), for whom this was likely the 3rd
to last race of her career, came in third.
“The real,- BERLIN MARATHON will be the last race of my career. But I
really wanted to take part in the City Night as the atmosphere along the
Kurfürstendamm is so unique. The number of spectators was so impressive,
despite the fact that the opening ceremony of the Olympic Stadium was taking
place at the same time,” said Kathrin Weßel.
“This was a successful summer night in the city. We are happy with the
good and exciting race, the new record number of participants and the enormous
spectator interest,” said Race Director Mark Milde.
Men’s 10 km:
1. Paul Kigen KENYA 30:04
2. James Rotich KENYA 30:05
3. Embaye Hedrit LAC Quelle Fürth-M. 30:47
4. Mario Burger Goslar 31:06
Women’s 10 km:
1. Monika Drybulska POLAND 33:23
2. Romy Spitzmüller LAZ Leipzig 34:22
3. Kathrin Weßel SCC Berlin 34:51
4. Claudia Dreher Gänsefurther SB 37:44