News Archive

News Archive

Dec 2003

Berlin secures the top position

Paul Tergats historical run on September 28, 2003 not only assured a place for

him in the sport history annals, but also for the real,- BERLIN MARATHON. With

now a total of five world records, the real,- BERLIN MARATHON lies at the top

of the ranking of the current city marathon races.

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON5 World records1977, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003
Flora London Marathon4 World records1983, 1985, 2002, 2003
La Salle Banks Chicago Marathon4 World records1984, 1999, 2001, 2002
ING... Marathon & Race Walking Review

The Marathon running and Race Walking highlights of 2003. Renowned

statisticians A. Lennart Julin and Mirko Jalava continue their end of season

review - Part Four of eight instalments.

MEN - Marathon and Race Walking

Marathon The marathon revolution of recent years showed no sign of coming to

an end in 2003 – rather the opposite. At the very top 2003 compared more

than favourably with the whole previous history of the event. The top-10

runners of 2003 averaged 2:06:12 while the top-10 of...

The BERLIN MARATHON Jubilee Club with 1,229 members from 14 countries

At the end of the year, the members of the BERLIN MARATHON Jubilee Club

traditionally receive the Running News and a letter with the current membership

and information on what is going on in the club. The new members are greeted by

name, along with their city listing.

The club continues to grow, and we are delighted that the members come

from 14 countries. Nothing demonstrates more strongly the attractiveness and

appeal of the real,- BERLIN MARATHON.

In the following, the letter is available in...

Excellent successes for SCC RUNNING

For the running year 2003 in Berlin, to our great pleasure almost all of the

races showed an increase in number of participants. Numerous event organisers

had to restrict participation to assure a smooth organisation. The enthusiasm

for running in Berlin continues-both outside of any formal organisation (just

having fun moving and the health aspects play a key role) and at the numerous

races organised in Berlin for the general public by the clubs.

Ranking of the Berlin Races 2003

1. 30th...

Takahashi worries about Olympic selection

The defending champion Naoko Takahashi has to worry about Olympic selection for

2004 in Athens. The Japanese marathon star had won the Olympic gold medal in

Sydney 2000 and then became the first woman to go under 2:20 in the real,-

BERLIN MARATHON in 2001 (2.19.46). She then ran again in Berlin and won in

2002. But after suffering of injury problems she had a disappointing comeback

in the Tokyo Marathon.

Before actually running the Tokyo Marathon the only question seemed to be

what sort of...

Kevin Allen eased into the Guinness Book

Kevin Allen eased into the Guinness Book of Records after Sundays Standard

Charted Singapore Marathon, but easy is perhaps not the word. Despite the 6am

start, with the first 45 minutes in the dark, the fair-haired west Londoner

suffered badly in the 30 degree heat (85+F) and 95% humidity.

But his time of 3.59.40 shattered fellow Brit Tim Rogers best for seven

marathons on seven contintents within a year. Allens cumulative time was 24hrs

21min 3sec, which betters Rogers time by over ten hours.


Singapore Marathon: run, cycle swim, ski?

The theory that Kenyan long distance runners could become Nordic skiers was

tried out at the last winter Olympics, and found to be little more than a

gimmick. After John Kelais win in the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon on

Sunday, we might have a long wait for the first world class Kenyan triathlete.

Kelai is already close to being a world-class duathlete - running and

cycling - and is trying to improve his swimming, to make up the triathlon set.

But his win in his second home of Singapore... Sihine and Tirunesh Dibaba take Great Ethiopian Run in record times

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - World 10,000m Bronze medallist Ethiopian Sileshi Sihine

won the men’s division of today’s TOTAL Great Ethiopian in a course

record time, while the Dibaba sisters, Tirunesh and Ejigayehou, crossed the

line in that order in the womens race.

Sihine, who this year has also won gold medals in the 10,000m at the

All-African and Afro-Asian Games, beat training partner and last years champion

Gebregziabher Gebremariam, while little-known Mulugeta Wondimu was a surprise


Singapore Marathon: Flying Squad

You can run away from the Police. Thats the philosophy that the Tanzanian

marathoners - all policemen - are bringing to bear on their race in the

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon on Sunday morning.

The Tanzanians have a formidable line-up - Francis Robert Naali,

Commonwealth marathon champion from Manchester 2002, Simon Marshani,

Commonwealth silver medallist 1998, and Geway Suja, who has run 2hr 14min 02sec

at altitude. Marshani is an Assistant Inspector, and Naali and Suja are


Nov 2003

Horst Milde: The man who taught Berlin running

It was on last Friday evening (19 Nov) when Horst Milde got one of the warmest

rounds of applause of his life for an honour which he rates as the most

valuable he has ever received at an international level.

During a reception the IAAF, which is holding its Council meeting in Berlin

this weekend, took the opportunity to honour Horst Milde for his lifelong work

and commitment for athletics, with IAAF President Lamine Diack presenting him

with the IAAF Plaque of Merit.

Milde is Berlin’s Fred...

German Road Races with new members and extended quality standards

At the annual conference of the interest group for renowned street races,

German Road Races (GRR), the association of the largest race organisers in

Germany, in Herborn on November 15-16, 2003, Harald Rösch (Ford Cologne

Marathon) was elected the successor of Erwin Rixen (Olympus Marathon Hamburg)

as the new spokesman of the organization. Horst Milde (real,- BERLIN-MARATHON)

retained his position as secondary spokesman. The 6-person board also includes:

Bernd Düngen (Rhein-Ruhr-Marathon)


Oct 2003

Rutto makes 2:05:50 debut in Chicago

With strong late race surges, Kenyan Evans Rutto and Svetlana Zakharova of

Russia burst to convincing wins in the 26th LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon on

Sunday (12 October).

In his stunning first appearance over the distance, the 25 year-old Rutto

broke from a seven-man pack in the 19th mile to win in 2:05:50, placing himself

firmly among the four fastest marathoners of all time, with the fastest-ever

marathon debut.

His effort easily bettered Wilson Onsares debut record of 2:06:47 from


Marathon Skater injured spectator

The police are looking for eye-witnesses of an accident that occurred during

the skater marathon on Saturday, September 27. At around 5 p.m., a 63-year-old

man from Berlin-Lichterfelde was watching the race on the side of the course in

Lentzdallee in Zehlendorf, ca. 200 metres before the round-about “Wilder

Eber“. A skater suddenly pulled out of a group, leaving the street, and

ran into him. The 63 year old suffered a triple fracture of his knee bone.

The marathon participant continued the race...

And another world record: SMSs at the real,- BERLIN MARATHON 2003

Another world record, this time not athletic but in the SMS messaging system,

has been broken. Continuing the trend in 2003, there were overwhelming requests

for the SMS result service for the real,- BERLIN MARATHON, allowing us to

report an SMS result service record (Status: at the finish at 3 p.m.):

Bewerb Marathon145642041434978
Bewerb Skater251338156328
Bewerb Wheel112031
Bewerb Powerwalker251136

There were 27,751...

International Congratulations

The new marathon world record of 2:04:55, set by Paul Tergat in the 30th

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON caused a stir in the sports world. Race directors of the

biggest marathons have sent us congratulations which we publish here and for

which we would like to say thanks!

Allan Steinfeld, New York City Marathon

Dear Horst

Absolutely fantastic. Congratulations, congratulations, congratulations to

you and your organization. Sub 2:05 unbelievable. You, Mark, your whole family

and Paul Tergat and his wife...

Sep 2003

Uta Pippig, three time BERLIN MARATHON champion sends congratulations

Dear runners and organisers, that was truly superb!

I want to congratulate on a great 30th real,- BERLIN MARATHON. Sadly I was

not able to witness this festival of running live. But I got information in the

US and kept my fingers crossed for all participants and organisers.

I was especially happy for Paul Tergat that he was able to crown the jubilee

with such a stunning world record. The real,- BERLIN MARATHON has an absolutely

thrilling atmosphere, which I was able to experience as a runner...

Paul Tergat smashes the world record

Paul Tergat of Kenya made a quantum leap in marathon running when he clocked

the first sub-2.05 in history, winning in Berlin this morning in 2.04.55. That

takes all of 43 seconds off American Khalid Khannouchi's previous record of

2.05.38, set in London 2002, when Tergat was second in 2.05.48.

Paced by half a dozen compatriots, on a perfect day with temperatures

ranging between 9 and 12 degrees centigrade, the 34 year old Kenyan was always

on course for a new record. But, in the end it was...

Uphill Road

European champion Janne Holmen measures himself against the best in the world

in Paul Tergat and last years winner, Raymond Kipkoech in the Berlin Marathon

on Sunday, but the Finn has no illusions about the gulf in class. "If

Tergat runs up to his usual level, I have no chance at the moment," said

Holmen, who celebrated his 26th birthday at a press conference in the German

capital today (Friday). The Finn was a surprise winner of the European title in

Munich a year ago, in only his second...

It is time for Paul Tergat to win a marathon

Its time for Paul Tergat to win a marathon, even he admits that. The man who,

but for Haile Gebrselassie would be considered the greatest distance runner in

history, the man who outstripped even Geb by winning five consecutive World

Cross Country titles has run five marathons so far without winning any. But

Berlin on Sunday could be the one. And given the acknowledged fast course, we

could be talking a world record time.

"I can believe I have run so fast in the marathon without...

A great festival of running and one superstar: Paul Tergat

A number of records have already been broken before the start of the 30th

real,- BERLIN MARATHON, which will be a big festival of running. In time for

the jubilee race there are two major changes: The finish will be at Brandenburg

Gate, Germanys most famous landmark. A record number of 44.931 athletes from 91

nations have entered the race, which is Germanys most prestigious road race.

35,000 runners, 193 walkers and 126 wheelchair athletes will all start their

races on Sunday morning (runners...

The First American Olympic Champion in the Marathon

The athlete participants in this marathon comprised an interesting mix of

talent. Particularly because there was no limit on the number of athletes

representing each nation, the United States contingent was logically the

largest: 18 athletes out of 32 starters. They included some experienced and

well-known stars. Thomas J. Hicks, of the Cambridgeport YMCA in Massachusetts,

had run four of the past five Boston-Marathons, placing very well in three:

sixth in 1900 and 1901, and second in 1904. Fred...

Real Time Tracking on 8 wheels

At the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON for Inline Skaters, Tim Pritlove will be at the

start amongst 9.500 starters. His last competition in a marathon was 8 years

ago - for this years race he has set two personal goals: "Reach the finish

and if possible race the 42.195 k in less than 2 hours"

Tim Pritlove will carry a small device. A Benefon GSM/GPS phone will

transmit his current position during the race to the internet and visitors of

his website can track Tim in real time, see his current speed and...

MARATHON Medal 2003 as a thank you to the doctors at the Concord Hospital in Sydney

The following is an article by Ingrid Remke, marathon runner and participant

in the 29th real,- BERLIN MARATHON on September 29, 2002. Fourteen days later

she was a victim of the bomb attack in Bali—and luckily survived, though

with severe injuries.

She is making a call to the “Running Family“ to help support

the Balinese and Indonesian victims of the bombing. Read the moving story of

her suffering and how she won the fight for survival—and found new

strength to go on through running. Please...

AIMS Athlete Info Page: Paula Radcliffe


Born 17 December 1973 in England

1.73 m tall, 54 kg weight

Degree in European languages from Loughborough University

One of Britains most accomplished long distance runners, with a distinguished

career dating back to 1991; is enjoying an unparalleled reign over distances

from 3,000 m through the marathon, on turf, track, and road

Ranked # 1 in 2002 World Merit Rankings (Athletics Weekly) at 10,000 m despite

running only one race (the European title), in a time second only to Wang...

The “Jubilees“ at the Anniversary Marathon on September 28, 2003

The member of the BERLIN MARATHON Jubilee Club have their traditional green

“permanent“ race numbers (starting at number 201).

For those uninformed: you have to have successfully made it to the finish of

the BERLIN MARATHON 10 times to get into this exclusive circle. This year they

will receive an extra race number for the back: the number has the club logo,

the members name, and the number of races successfully completed. Then they can

be cheered on “from behind“, as well.

If... Turkish Prime Minister flies to Paris to see Süreyya Ayhan

It was just 50 minutes before the scheduled start of the women’s 1500m

final in the Stade de France when the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyib

Erdogan flew into Paris. He was then driven to the stadium and watched

Süreyya Ayhan’s race, in which she finished second.

The runner is Turkey’s number one sports person since she won the 1500

metres at the European Championships last year in Munich. And as Turkey had

never won any medal at the world athletics championships nor in the Olympic


Aug 2003 Putting the King on hold

Jaouad Gharib delayed a phone conversation with the King of Morocco to tell the

world’s press about his love of the marathon.

The newly-crowned World champion was awaiting a phone call from the King

when he was required to attend a press conference, but he was due to receive

his royal congratulations soon after he revealed how happy he is with his

transition to his new distance.

He may have run 26.2 miles only twice, but he is convinced he is now a

marathon runner. The 31-year-old says he will... Gebrselassie to attempt 10,000m World record in Brussels

Haile Gebreselassie will make an assault on his own World record in the 10,000m

at the Ivo Van Damme Golden League meeting next Friday in Brussels, the

Ethiopian announced this morning in Paris.

"I want to attack the World record at 10,000 in Brussels," the

Olympic champion said, "because Brussels is very special. Especially for

long distances. With the drums and everything, its a big chance to break the

record. And Im going to try."

For full article on - click here Bekele wins

Tonight Kenenisa Bekele drove a three piece Ethiopian juggernaut through the

World 10,000 metres hopes of East African rivals, Kenya, and so took the first

step on the path to become the first man since compatriot Miruts Yifter’s

triumphs at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, to take a 5000m and 10,000m double at a

major senior global championship.

For full article on - click here


From "Lantern 665" to the left "tank chain"

There are now good marking points for whomever would like to try out the course

of the anniversary marathon on September 28, 2003. The starting line is exactly

2.76m in front of "Lantern 665" on the Strasse des 17. Juni in the

direction of the Victory Column, near the "Kleinen Stern", which is

the axis to the Bellevue Palace, the seat of the German president. The finish

line is at the left "tank chain" of "Tank 300" of the

Soviet memorial on the Strasse des 17. Juni - about 300 metres from the...

News for the Skaters of the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

Dear Skaters of the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON and skating enthusiasts,

The summer has reached its climax, the weeks until the real,-

BERLIN-MARATHON are flying by, it is time for you to start with longer training

sessions, but it is also time for us to fill you in with details about this

years event.

It is now official: The police have Okayed the marathon for the skaters for

Saturday, September 27th. The start will be at 4:00 p.m. There were a few

restrictions regarding the course, however: A...

Jul 2003

For its anniversary, the real,- BERLIN MARATHON has the theme “Berlin is Vital“

While the previous sport and health fairs of the real,- BERLIN MARATHON have

been primarily focusing on running and inline sports, it has increasingly

enticed exhibitors from other endurance sports.

Thus, the new "BERLIN VITAL" fair is presenting itself as a

fair for an extensive segment of endurance sports and lifestyle. “With

the new theme of the fair--the expansion of the concept of endurance in the

areas of health, fitness, nutrition, and sport innovation--we are this year

becoming both more...

“Accomplishing Community“ – BERLIN-MARATHON is cooperating with Europes largest diaconate family, Bethel

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON and the v. Bodelschwingschen Anstalten Bethel in

Bielefeld, Europes largest diaconate facility, are planning to cooperate on a

larger scale. In doing so, they hope to further the motto “Accomplishing

Community“, which is also a significant goal of this institution for the

disabled, in and through the sport of running.

The cooperation between

BERLIN-MARATHON and the v. Bodelschwinghschen Anstalten began at the first

German Ecumenical Meeting (Ökumenischen Kirchentag) at the...

Germanys international broadcaster Deutsche Welle to supply multilingual media coverage of 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

German and international media have started the countdown for intense and

comprehensive coverage of the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on 27-28 September.

From Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (RBB) there will be live coverage of the

event and a wealth of interesting background material.

RBBs television cameras will be delivering action pictures of the marathon

to all corners of the globe. Deutsche Welle, Germanys international

broadcaster, sees itself in its element at this prestigious sporting...

Paul Tergat to Run the Anniversary Marathon in Berlin

The Kenyan Paul Tergat is without a doubt one of the greatest runners of all

times. His accumulation of successes could hardly be more impressive:

  • He was the five-time cross country world champion in series from 1995-1999.
  • He has an accumulation of track bests and successes spanning an incredible spectrum from 7:28.70 for the 3000m, to 12:49.87 for the 5000m and the then-world record of 26:27.85 for the 10000m.
  • In four international championships (1996 and 2000 Olympics and two world...

Golden League in Rome

Article © IAAF -

"/images/news/goldenleague.gif" align="left" />Yamile Aldamas 15.29m Triple

Jump, Hicham El Guerrouj under 3:30 in the 1500m, and the vanquishing of the

famous Ethiopian duo Bekele and Gebrselassie at 5km, were the highlights of the

action at the Peroni Golden Gala - the third of this season’s IAAF Golden

League meets - in Rome’s Stadio Olympico, as both remaining Golden League

Jackpot contenders won through easily.

Golden Duo both win

Two women began tonight still on the trail of gold in the six meet Golden...

The course of the MARATHON is ok – it is exactly correct!

There was good news on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. for the organising team of

SCC-RUNNING. The course of the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON has been measured,

and it is correct, almost to the metre: 42,195 km.

With the assistance of the police, they met on the boulevard, Straße

des 17. Juni, Sunday morning at 6 a.m. in order to measure the course. After 4

hours of work, the “doctoral thesis“ of the AIMS course surveyor,

Siegfried Menzel, was finished:

The starting point is lantern 665 on the Strasse...

Jun 2003

A near World record miss for Adere in Oslo’s Golden League

Two wonderful 5000m

races, a 2.01m High Jump for Inga Babakova, and another majestic (Area record)

Triple Jump of 15.11 for Yamile Aldama were the highlights of the Exxon Mobil

Bislett Games, the first meeting of the 2003 IAAF Golden League.

After a 38 year history the Bislett Games tonight waved farewell to one of

the most hallowed Athletics stadiums in the world, the Norwegian

capital’s famous Bislett stadium, which will be torn down and replaced by

a state of the art facility on the same...

Wilfred Bungei is the man to beat

The man to beat in the 800 metres at present is Wilfred Bungei. He showed a

great performance at the Sparkasse DLV Meeting in Dortmund. He was guidede by a

pacemaker and was soon out of reach for the rest of the field. Clearly in front

on the home straight the Kenyan started celebrating when there were still at

least 30 metres to go. He suddenly rose his arms and waved to the crowd instead

of heading on for a faster time. By doing so Wilfred Bungei probably wasted the

opportunity of clocking a...

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON reached it’s limit

15 weeks before the race, the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON has reached

it’s limits. The spectacular anniversary marathon, with a new course and

it’s new finish at the Brandenburger Gate on Strasse des 17. Juni –

at the Russian memorial – has caused a real rush on the starting numbers.

35.000 runners from over 80 nations – in 2002 32.752 runners

participated – entered the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON. No further

applications can be accepted. Online-registration has been closed.

With the number of...

Sir Simon Rattle will get the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON running

On Sunday, September 28, 2003, at 9:00 a.m., the director of the world-famous

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle, will send the 35,000

participants from over 80 countries off running in the 30th real,-

BERLIN-MARATHON. Sir Simon will make the starting shot of the spectacular

anniversary marathon on the boulevard “Straße des 17. Juni“

– together with the mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit. “The

BERLIN-MARATHON and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra are beacons of this city,


Only 925 race numbers left ... for the runners

The 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, which will finish at the Brandenburg Gate,

will take place on September 27-28, 2003. The organisers from SCC-RUNNING have

set the limit for this spectacular anniversary year marathon to 35,000 runners.

With over 34,000 participants from over 80 countries already registered, this

limit has almost been met--already surpassing last years record total of


There are only 925 spots still open.

Based on last years experiences, after this...

Tegla Loroupe runs 30 k world record on the track

Karolina Szabos 30,000 metres track world record was one of the oldest in

athletics. The Hungarian had run 1:47:05,6 in Budapest on 22nd April 1988. Now

it is beaten after 15 years: At a meeting in Warstein Tegla Loroupe ran 1:45:50

for the distance, achieving her goal to run the sixth world record of her

career. The Kenyan now holds the track world records for 20,000 metres, 25,000

metres, 30,000 metres and the hour. In 1998 and 1999 she had run two marathon

world records. Of course one has to...

May 2003

AVON RUNNING: A great comeback by Sonja Oberem

Probably the third placed woman in the race was more happy than the winner:

While Lenah Cheruiyot from Kenyan crossed the line in the 10 k race of the AVON

RUNNING 20th Berlin Womens Race in Tiergarten after 33:26 minutes, last years

winner Kathrin Weßel (Berlin) just caught Sonja Oberem (Leverkusen) on

the home straight to take second place in 33:34. But third place in 33:39 was

all but disappointing for Sonja Oberem. It was her first race for nearly seven

months. “I am very happy to have been...

New finish at Brandenburg Gate is welcomed by top officials

The new finish of this years 30th real,- BERLIN MARATHON is welcomed by top

officials worldwide. Since the organisers from SCC-RUNNING have announced that

the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will finish at the Brandenburg Gate for the first

time, the response has been enormous.

Additionally for the first time the inline skaters are planned to have their

own race a day earlier on 27th September. Runners, wheelchair athletes and

walkers will follow on 28th September. News of the finish led to an entry...

Vattenfall - Women and health

During the recent years, Vattenfall has grown from being a Swedish energy

company to become one of the larger European energy corporations - the

Vattenfall Group. Vattenfall is today mainly operating in Germany, Sweden,

Poland and Finland. The number of employees is 34,000, whereof about 22,000

employees are working in Germany. A lot of efforts and work have been done

– and is to be done - to create one company with the same core values and

company philosophy, though with respect for cultural...

Mbote and Kwambai win ,25 km von Berlin

Four weeks earlier Kenyans dominated the Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON. Now they

have come back to Berlin to take the first few places in another major road

race. Jason Mbote and Caroline Kwambai won the ,25 km von Berlin. That meant of

course that Magdaline Chemjors win streak in the German capital had come to an

end. The Kenyan had won the 25 k race in 2001 and 2002. And she also triumphed

in the Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON a month ago. But now she was denied the hat

trick by Caroline Kwambai. The...

The 21st Breslau Marathon (Wroclaw – POL) with good results

Images © Adam Hawalej

Breslau (Wroclaw), a city with an over 1000-year history and unique

architecture from many epochs, has a lot to offer, not only for those

interested in running, Breslau is easy to reach from Berlin—just 4 or 5

hours on the highway.

The centre and heart of the city is the market square. By May 6, 1945, the

“Citadel Breslau“ was almost completely destroyed, but the Polish

restorers successfully restored it, and with the bourgeois houses at Ring/Rynek

at the historical city...

Apr 2003

Rey wins against the wind in Hamburg

Never have there been so many entries for the Olympus Hamburg Marathon, which

is Germanys number two behind the real,- BERLIN MARATHON. 21,551 runners plus

2,000 skaters were accepted. But very bad weather during the night before the

race was probably a reason for many not to turn up. So only 16,300 starters

were counted. But still the two winners – Julio Rey (Spain) and Hellen

Kimutai (Kenya) – made it a very successful day for the organisers.

Road running gets more and more popular in Germany....

Santa Claus at the 3rd Berlin Easter Run

While around the world runners are racing their best times at the spring

classic races, Berliners are testing their form and improving their times at

training races.

At 2 p.m. on Easter Saturday, the SFB Running Movement is offering its

traditional training in the Tiergarten Park, with start and finish at the

Siegessäule at the corner of Hofjägerallee. John Kunkeler will open

the Easter weekend together with the running trainers from SCC-RUNNING.

At 9:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2003,...

Congratulations to the Flora London Marathon

The Team of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON congratulates the organisers of the

Flora London Marathon and especially Paula Radcliffe on her fabulous world

record set on Sunday, April 13th. Paula Radcliffe won in 2:15:25 - and received

the Jim-Peters price afterwards - this price is awarded in London to the

fastest british "men" every year.

Paula Radcliffe with the Jim-Peters-Price

An exciting finish:

Gezahegne Abera wins in 2:07:56

2nd Stefano Baldini and 3rd Joseph...

Mar 2003

Old Stagers, World Class Athletes, and Young Wild Ones....

are the terms best characterising the running qualities of the 23rd Bewag

BERLIN HALF MARATHON, which is drawing more and more top international runners

to Berlin due to its advantageous date and well-known fast course.

Running legends, such as the former world record holders Moses Tanui and

Ronaldo da Costa, can be found in the field of runners, as well as stars from

the current running scene, like Rodgers Rop and Joyce Chepchumba. Last year,

Rop won the marathons in Boston and New York, and...

Unusual Marathon Victory


20 Years Womens Run – 30 Years BERLIN-MARATHON – 40 Years Berlin

Cross Country Run

Part 3 of our look into the “history box“ of the development of

running in Berlin

On September 28, 1975 at the 2nd BERLIN PEOPLES MARATHON, as the real,-

BERLIN-MARATHON was still called in the first two years, there was a very

unusual constellation of winners.

The winner of the womens race was named Bochröder—and the winner

of the mens race was a Bochröder, as well....

Haydn MARATHON on March 30 in the Kammermusiksaal

Members of the Berlin Philharmonics have often participated successfully in

the BERLIN-MARATHON, including some with very fast times. That cannot only be

due to the fact, that the course of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON directly passes

by the Philharmonie! The organisers of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON are even more

so pleased that the “MARATHON“ has now officially found its place

in classical music. We recommend a visit to our musical


It may sound a bit more athletic than it really is....

30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2003

The BERLIN-MARATHON - these words resound wonderfully not only in the ears of the athletes and running fans; a wide audience extending well beyond these groups is also excited about and looking forward to this outstanding international sporting event.

As patron of the event, I therefore do not see much need to advertise for the 2003 BERLIN-MARATHON and its individual competitions. The dates of the Marathon, 27 and 28 September, have surely already been marked down in the calendars of all those...

Distance Running and the AIMS Races Worldwide

AIMS (Association of

International Marathon and Road Races) and the IAAF publish the trade magazine

"Distance Running" three times a year (circulation 400,000 per

issue), in which the races of the member organisations are listed. In the

newest issue, January/April 2003, the dates for 120 races in 25 countries are

listed for the period until April 2004.

On 78 colourful pages, the largest races in the world also advertise for

their events. The real,- BERLIN-MARATHON and the Bewag BERLIN HALF...

CHRIS BRASHER - father of the London Marathon died

It is with great

regret that London Marathon Limited has learnt of the death of Chris Brasher

CBE, President of London Marathon Limited. Chris Brasher, who died at the age

of 74 after an illness, was the co-founder of the first London Marathon in 1981

and it is to his unflagging energy and enthusiasm that the event owes its


It was after visiting New York in the late seventies that Chris decided

London should also stage a big city Marathon. After he had run the marathon in

New York he...

Feb 2003

RUN BERLIN RUN - The Running Magazine 2003 for Berlin

Although the running season already has begun for SCC-RUNNING with its New

Years Day run on January 1, 2003 and the 25th Berlin Team Marathon on January

18, the big classic races organised by SCC-RUNNING all lie ahead; starting with

the 23rd Bewag BERLIN HALF MARATHON on April 6th, a total of 12 races are

planned for the year.

The "Running Magazine 2003", with all dates and invitations for

the races, is out in time for the Berlin running community to get ready for the

running year 2003. With the...

JAPAN - Five under 2:24 in Osaka Marathon

Mizuki Noguchi, in her second marathon (she won on her debut at Nagoya in March

2002 in 2:25:35) moved to eighth on the world all-time list to win a great

womens marathon in Osaka. In second place Masako Chiba improved from 2:25:11

(2nd Rotterdam 2002) to 2:21:45 and Naoko Sakamoto (22) ran a stunning 2:21:51,

a time bettered only by Paula Radcliffe for a womens marathon debut. In fourth

Lornah Kiplagat took 14 seconds off her two year-old pb while Mari Ozaki, in

fifth place, debuted with...

The fastest couple in the world will have to forego a lot of money.

The announced change of trainers for the track and field dream couple Marion

Jones and Tim Montgomery is a catastrophe for the sport. The new man, whom they

apparently have wanted for a long while, is Charlie Francis, the man who led

the Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson to his Olympic victory and world record in

the 100 m in Seoul in 1988.

The whole Johnson affair blew up the next day with a positive doping sample,

when the Cologne doping expert Manfred Donike for the first time was able to...

Jan 2003

Berlin VITAL - the Sport and Health Trade Fair

The anniversary event of the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on September 27/28,

2003 will bring new changes, not only with the start and finish at the

Brandenburg Gate and with a change of course through Berlin, but also with the

Sport and Health Trade Fair that will accompany the event.

The new name demonstrates the modification: "Berlin VITAL"

signifies a change in course in this area, as well. The new trade fair halls

8.1, 8.2, 10.1, 10.2., 11.2, and 18 will make the area more spacious and open...

The Internet - a "winner" for the real- BERLIN-MARATHON and SCC-RUNNING

The year 2002 was not only a success from an athletic standpoint, but also from a digital one for the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON and SCC-RUNNING.


At, the website offers a large variety of information about our own running events in Berlin, but numerous reports from the world of running and inline skating, as well.

Brandenburg Gate will be the spectacular new finish of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON

This year will see major changes for some of the events of SCC-RUNNING. First

of all the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON will have a new course with the most

spectacular finish you can imagine: the Brandenburg Gate. For marathon runners

this news must be like fireworks for celebrating the New Year.

A day before New Year’s Eve Horst Milde, the director of the real,-

BERLIN MARATHON, announced some major changes concerning the race, which will

have a jubilee edition on 28th September 2003. The finish of...

92 Orphans on the „Much Work Farm“

For decades, Kipchoge Keino (KEN) pretty much went unnoticed. But when the

omnipotent Kenyan super sport functionary Charles Mukura accepted a bribe of $

50,000 from the Olympic organisers and the whole affair came to light, he

suddenly became the man of the hour. At the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City

and in Munich in 1972, he won two gold and silver medals each for the 1500 m

and 3000 m hurdles. Until recently, he had lived the life of a farmer, and in

his role as vice president of the...

Four Anniversaries in the Running Year 2003

SCC RUNNING will be celebrating 4 anniversaries of well-known races in Berlin

in the running year 2003:

  • 20 years AVON RUNNING Womens Run,
  • 25 years Team Marathon,
  • 30 years real,- BERLIN MARATHON and
  • 40 years Berliner Cross Country Race

Started in 1964, the Berlin Cross Country Run in the Grunewald Forest (and

on the Teufelsberg Mountain), is the "grandmother" of widespread

running and jogging for the general public and mark its beginning and


Since the large running events were started...

SCC running wishes a happy new year

Dear Internet-users of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON website.

the year 2002 has ended, a new year 2003 has started. We wish all of you a

relaxing, enjoyable and successful year 2003

May running play again a central role in your life - we would be glad to

welcome you in one or the other of our upcoming running events.

With best wishes, your SCC running team and the internet crew of


The Running Year 2003 began at noon at the Brandenburg Gate

After the New Year’s Eve Run the day before, the Berlin running community

met again, on the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate, which was

already cleaned up after the New Year’s Eve festivities, for the 32nd

Berlin New Year’s Day Run, a charity run for UNICEF, in minus 10°C


At the traditional start of the running year in Berlin, the masses of

participants had to be slowed down by “breakers” organised by SCC


The police supported the runners by...