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Start into new dimensions for
Dresdner Kleinwort Frankfurt Marathon
This year's 26th Dresdner Kleinwort Frankfurt Marathon was a start into new
dimensions for Germany,s oldest city marathon race. It was not only about
Wilfred Kigen's (Kenya) course record of 2:07:58 and Germany's surprise
winner Melanie Kraus (2:28:56). But the depth of the men's elite field
produced quality results never seen before in Frankfurt: Six runners
achieved sub 2:10 times. Taking this aspect Frankfurt is number three in
the world. Only London and Amsterdam had more sub 2:10 results.
"This event has lifted the Dresdner Kleinwort Frankfurt Marathon up onto a
new level," said Race Director Jo Schindler, who was happy about more
records regarding the mass race. With altogether 18,302 entries last year's
record of 17,478 was well broken. There were 11,507 marathon runners, 2,017
entries for the Mini-Marathon, 4,676 for the relay and 102 handbikers. In
the marathon 9,506 athletes started and 9,167 finished the race – as many
as never before. 290,000 people lined the course in ideal weather
conditions on 28th October.
Interest in the TV coverage of the race was also as high as never before.
The race was covered live by regional TV partner 'hr fernsehen'. TV ratings
reached 20 percent, which was the highest viewing figure of the channel for
the whole day. "During the whole of our coverage we had superb ratings,"
said Ralf Scholt of 'hr fernsehen' adding: "The elite field was put
together in a perfect way." Highlights of the race were broadcasted by a
number of international TV stations as well.
"In Frankfurt we are now improving for many years. And together with our
sponsors and partners we will continue to do so," said Jo Schindler. Next
year's Dresdner Kleinwort Frankfurt Marathon will be staged on 26th October
For more information please visit www.frankfurt-marathon.com.