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Online-Entry for fast Skaters possible

In order to have a better control of the skaters wishing to start in the first

starting blocks (sub 1:30 hours) of the BERLIN-MARATHON we ask for a proof of

their capability. This can be shown by a copy of a certificate or results lists

when sending the entry form. For further information see below at figure 1.

Because of a change in our software, skaters with personal bests of sub 1:30

can also enter online, if they achieved their times in Berlin in 1999 or 2000.

Great care has to put on the way the name is spelled and the year of birth, it

has to appear exactly like in the results list. From Wednesday the 31st of

January this service should be in working order. We are also trying to get the

results of other races (Hamburg, Frankfurt, Koeln, Hannover, Muenchen and

Mainz) online soon. Please have some patience.

Further informationen regarding changes for the Speed-Skating event of the


1) Entry Limit, Starting Blocks and Personal Best Times With 6,741

participants the BERLIN-MARATHON was the biggest Skate-Marathon in the world.

We entered unknown territory and after the race some skaters complained, that

the streets were too full. Due to this there will be no further growth in

Berlin in 2001, the field is limited to 6,000 starters. Additionally we will

procede with an enhanced block start, which will be delayed slightly and in

return will bring more space to the individual starter. We will also pay more

attention that only the accredited skaters can enter their responding starting

block. Furthermore will the skaters with a best time of sub 1:30 verify their

time with a copy of a certificate. Please provide a copy of your certificate

when sending your entry form. Due to this, skaters with a PB of sub 1:30 will

not be able to enter online. Please be aware, that your best time must be

achieved on a course measured by the AIMS-Standard (this standard is enforced

by the international Marathon Foot Races). Dreamtimes of for example the

Engadin with a 300 meters net drop will not be accepted. At the moment the

AIMS-standard applies to the following marathons:

Hamburg, Frankfurt, Koeln, Hannover, Muenchen, Mainz and of course


Slower participants will of course also be seeded into starting blocks.

2) Ellbow-, Wrist- and Knee-Protection For years the wearing of a helmet is

compulsory. Although scars are sexy, we recommend strongly the wearing of the

complete protection set. Crashes are common in competitive Speed-Skating and

the protective gear can really help to reduce injuries. There is a limited

insurance provided by the organizer (for acts of gross negligence by the

organizer), but this will only apply to participants wearing the full

protective set, others do start fully on their own risk.

We also urge you to take along your own drinks, this further helps to

minimizr reasons for unnecessary crashes. Nevertheless we will have water along

the course, you will not die with thirst.

You can test your shape on the 1st of April in Berlin when we organise the

21st BERLIN-HALFMARATHON. You will find further information also on our

homepage. Other races in Germany can be found on our Homepage when you are on

the German site, click on Skate and than on Rennkalender. Our third race for

Speed-Skaters is in the dawn of the 4th of August on the Kurfuerstendamm


One annoyance of last year was the wet road right after the start. At first

we thought it was the local cleaning company which did this without an order

from us, but the truth is of course much simpler: the street runs through a

huge park and due to the climate on this weekend (rain and high humidity) the

park produced this natural wetness on the street! We hope that won be the case

this year.