At their annual meeting this year, held in Bolzano on Nov. 10-11, the German
Road Races association passed several trail-blazing resolutions that will
strongly influence the face of road racing in Germany in the years to come.
They included two decisions relating specifically to competition conditions.
Firstly, all the major members of GRR, specifically the large city marathon
organizers, have undertaken to in future conduct tests for EPO and thus to
guarantee fair conditions for all on the road-race circuit. The real,-
BERLIN-MARATHON and THE Hansaplast Marathon Hamburg have already pursued a
policy of implementing the expensive blood tests, and the other GRR members
agreed that for larger city marathons, national trials and for course record
attempts, subject to testing be approved by the IAAF, they would conduct urine
tests for EPO. Second, the GRR members will be approaching German AA (DLV)
long-distance coach Wolfgang Heinig with the intention of developing a joint
concept to promote up-and-coming German talent over the next three years. To
this end, GRR envisages setting a matching plan in place, whereby it undertakes
to financially support training camps for talent young long-distance runners
and then nurture this young vanguard onto the international scene by providing
them with start opportunities at GRR marathons and races. To this end, they
expect the DLV to guarantee that such runners will duly configure their
long-term training schedules and target these races. Once again, the Berlin,
Hamburg and the other big marathon organizers will be leading the way.