The SCC race organizing team are proud to announce that an extraordinary honour
has been granted to the BERLIN-MARATHON event to be held on 30th September
The Federal Chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, has agreed to become patron
of Germanys largest and truly international running event.
This particular gesture by the head of government, which is normally granted
on the occasion of European or World Championships only, underlines the
paramount importance of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON for both elite and mass
participation sports in Germany.
"More than 42,000 participants from 85 countries, among them 6,000
youths, the well-achieved integration of wheelchair athletes, the enthusi-asm
expressed by the spectators along the course - all these are positive examples
and characteristic of Berlin as a sport-loving metropolis," says Gerhard