patron of this event, I would like to extend a hearty welcome to all of the
participants, the organisers, the trainers and coaches, the accompanying
friends and family, and the numerous spectators of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON.
now has a permanent spot in the event calendars of many runners from around the
world. It is thus no surprise that once
again tens of thousands of runners, wheelchair competitors, hand cyclists, and
power walkers from 100 countries will come to the capital city this year to
participate in the challenging competitions. There is a broad range of the
athletes’ expectations: from a top time to a personal best, to the wish to
survive a great athletic challenge.
past few years, more and more people have discovered the fun and excitement of
running. Berlin clearly demonstrates that a marathon is similarly exciting for
the athletes and the spectators. Whoever has stood along the course knows the
great zeal and enthusiasm of the spectators in the capital. The participants,
who are led past numerous sightseeing attractions along the course, are certain
to get goose bumps throughout the race, and not only when they pass through the
like to thank everyone who has contributed to the success of this international
sporting event. I would like to mention the organisers from SCC-RUNNING GmbH,
the city of Berlin, the medical service, and the police, as well as the
numerous volunteers. For years the well-rehearsed team has assured a smooth
operation of the event and optimal services for the athletes.
also like to express my special gratitude to the television and media
representatives and the sponsors. Without their active support, the execution
of the BERLIN-MARATHON and the worldwide coverage with its spectacular images
would not be possible.
I wish all
of the participants the successes they are hoping for and the numerous
spectators many exciting hours in Berlin.
<p"> </p">Angela Merkel