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The Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON lined up with top athletes like never before:

The 24th Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON that will start next Sunday on the

boulevard Unter den Linden (skaters: 10:20 a.m., runners: 10:40 a.m.) will

include the highest class athletes ever. SCC RUNNING has already received

15,354 registrations from 62 countries for the by far largest and most

important international race over the half marathon distance of 21.0975km. In

addition to the runners and skaters, this includes power walkers and wheelchair

competitors, as well as 597 starters for the Bewag FUN RUN over the distance of

3.5 km (start: 11 a.m.).

With the anticipated late registrations, a total number of starters is

expected that should be in the range of last year’s event (17,692

participants). "Following the great leaps in development that the Bewag

BERLIN HALF MARATHON experienced in the past years, we are satisfied that we

have now stabilised at this high level,” explained Rüdiger Otto, the

head of SCC RUNNING. With an eye on the elite runners, Race Director Mark Milde

said: "If the weather plays along, we hope to have a world class time at

least for the men.”

There will be four men with world-class best times of under 61 minutes at

the start on Sunday. Among them is last year’s champion Paul Kirui

(Kenya), who currently holds the world’s fastest time of 60:22 minutes.

Although the Kenyan Rodgers Rop was faster with a time of 59:49 minutes last

Sunday in Lisbon, the course goes 40 metres downhill, so that the time does not

meet the requirements to be included in the list of fastest times. Paul Kirui

will meet his fellow countrymen Christopher Cheboiboch (60:33), Daniel Rono

(60:14) and James Kwambai (60:38) on Sunday. For the women, Magdaline Chemjor,

who also was last year’s winner, will be at the start, with an improved

personal best of 69:39 minutes.

Kathrin Weßel (SCC Berlin) and Susanne Ritter (LG Braunschweig), both

German runners, also have a chance at a top ranking. The 36-year-old Kathrin

Weßel has a personal best for the half marathon of 70:47 minutes (her

winning time in Berlin 10 years ago). Susanne Ritter is eleven years younger,

and nine days ago she demonstrated her calibre at the World Cross Country

Championships, where she placed 23rd in the long distance. She hopes to use the

Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON to qualify for the World Half Marathon

Championships, for which she has to improve her personal best to 72:30

minutes.

Not only the attractive start and finish area at the Schloßplatz

(Palace Square) is new at this Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON. The sport fair

BERLIN VITAL Spring is also celebrating its premiere. The event, which includes

a broad programme in addition to the race number distribution, will take place

from Thursday to Sunday in the Berlin Fairgrounds at the Radio Tower

(Funkturm).

 

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