FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Phone: 030-301 288 10
Fax: 030-301 288 20
Gete Wami to compete in the real,- BERLIN MARATHON
Final deadline for registering is this coming Monday at Midnight
The deadline for registering for the 33rd real,- BERLIN MARATHON, which
will take place on September 24, is this coming Monday at midnight for the
last 500 entries. The limit of 40,000 runners will be reached by then.
After that, the only additional runners will be runners who register
through tour-operators or are running for charity which still have a few
entries and some elite athletes. Race director Mark Milde today announced
the commitment of Gete Wami. The 31-year-old Ethiopian will face last
year’s champion and Olympic gold medallist, Mizuki Noguchi (Japan), in
After the commitment by Mizuki Noguchi, who won the Sapporo Half Marathon
last Sunday with a course record of 68:14, Gete Wami is the second top
woman runner to commit to the race. Following a very successful career on
the track, the Ethiopian is now concentrating more on the marathon. At the
1996 Olympics she won bronze and in 2000 silver in the 10000m race. She was
world champion in the same distance in 1999, and two years later she took
third at the World Championships. The multiple cross-country world champion
ran the second fastest marathon debut for a woman in 2002. She won in
Amsterdam with a world-class time of 2:22:20h. That time remains her
personal best for the 42.195 km distance.
"With Gete Wami at the start it could be an exciting race for the women.
She is a great opponent for Mizuki Noguchi," says Mark Milde. Commenting on
the mass appeal of the real,- BERLIN MARATHON he exclaims, "The interest in
the real,- BERLIN MARATHON remains high. Like last year, due to the great
demand, we have to close the registration several weeks before the official
registration deadline." Those who would still like to register have until
midnight on Monday to do so at the website: www.berlin-marathon.com.
The real,- BERLIN MARATHON is part of the new series of the World Marathon
Majors (WMM). In Berlin and at the BAA Boston Marathon, Flora London
Marathon, LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and ING New York City Marathon, the
top marathon runners in the world collect points over a two-year period.
The marathon races at the Olympics and World Champions count towards their
totals, as well. The best male and best female runner then share the
one-million dollar prize money for points gathered at a maximum of four
Further information is available from SCC-RUNNING at the telephone number:
+ 49 – 30 – 3012 8810 or online at www.berlin-marathon.com