The last victors of the running year 2003 were honoured at the Mommsen Stadium
at the 28th Berlin Pilsner New Years Eve Run organised by SCC RUNNING, also
known as the “Donut Run“.
The “next to last“ victors were the participants of the costume
competition. The most intricate mens costume went to Achim Schulz, who appeared
as a pregnant bird, while the best womens costume went to Waltraud Born, who
was dressed as a clown. The costume contest shortly before the start is
becoming more and more popular with the spectators—and with the
participants, too, of course. Fireworks—just before the start of the main
race—put the participants in the right mood before they made their way to
the Teufelsberg Mountain.
This year, the traditional race up the mountain on the 9.9 km course was
possible—2 years ago the bad weather, snow and ice, made the course up
the hill too dangerous. Horst Milde, of SCC RUNNING, was pleased with the 1,947
participants (1,908 last year), as it means an increase, albeit a small one, in
the number of starters. Germanys most successful running event organiser thus
totalled 123,778 participants for the 17 events organised throughout the year.
An impressive total of 1,264,110 runners, walkers, skaters, and wheelchair
competitors have participated in 345 events organised by the SCC organisers
from September 8, 1964-December 31, 2003.
The winner of the 9.9 km race was Ingo Ortel in 30:45 ahead of Michael
Gottschalk (31:34) and Kartsen Thermann (31:51), all of SCC. The womans winner
was Regina Marunde (LTC) in 36:43 ahead of Suzanne Hoppe (SCC Triathlon) in
38:58 and Jannie Weiter 39:03.
The victors received giant jelly donuts and a bottle of sparkling wine, and
all the other participants received “normal“ donuts and a
certificate at the finish. For a few “unlucky“ runners, according
to a New Years Eve tradition, their donuts were filled with hot mustard rather
than with jelly. Further results are available at: www.berlin-marathon.com
On January 1, 2004 at 12 noon the new running year 2003 starts off at the
33rd Berlin New Years Day Run at the Brandenburg Gate.
The district mayor of Berlin Mitte, Joachim Zeller, will give the starting