FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The real,- BERLIN – MARATHON - this year
for the first time under meteorological control
This year the Institute of Meteorology of the Free University Berlin, the
society Berliner Wetterkarte e.V. and three grammar schools in Berlin will
be recording the meteorological conditions along the route of the real,-
BERLIN - MARATHON for the first time.
Five mobile measuring instruments, which have been purchased in the course
of a project sponsored by the Robert-Bosch-foundation to establish
cooperation between schools and research centres, will record the
meteorological conditions during the run.
On Sunday, 30th September 2007, 5 groups of students will measure
temperature, relative humidity and wind speed at selected points every ten
minutes from 8am till 3pm. In addition they will record the weather
conditions and pass on all collected data.
These measurements will be supplemented by data from the Berlin
Stadtmessnetz of the Institute of Meteorology. Moreover, meteorologists of
the society Berliner Wetterkarte e.V. will provide current analyses as well
as forecasts of the weather (see www.berliner-wetterkarte.de).
All information concerning the weather will be collected, analysed and
presented at the real,- BERLIN - MARATHON headquarters.
Actually, the weather is running as well!
For the first time ever, parallel to the marathon itself, weather
conditions will be recorded, as they could have a considerable effect on
the performance and on the health of runners.
All runners are equally exposed to the weather and have to prepare
themselves adequately. High temperatures and high humidity put an
additional strain on their bodies, slippery roads demand higher
concentration and proper trainers, headwind can – depending on its strength
– cause runners to turn cool and slow down.
After the race the medical board of the real,- MARATHON - BERLIN will
analyse the meteorological data with regard to medical treatment required
during the marathon.
The aim is, on the basis of this pilot study, to collect data concerning
the weather on a large scale. In the run-up to future marathons
participants of the real,- BERLIN- MARATHON could be provided with specific
warnings based on the weather forecasts. In addition it is hoped that
medical treatment during the real,- BERLIN - MARATHON could also be
improved in the future.