As a part of the organizational team from the „Laufteam Gesundheit“ I ran the Berlin half marathon 2016: It was the third time and again a looots of fun:
Here is a video „5 minutes before the start in starting block E“ > youtube video
What is the Laufteam Gesundheit? It is a mixed running group most of the members are working in the Berlin healthcare sector, we run every week one hour in the Tiergarten or along the Spree from beginner to professional runners, everybody can join. Every year we offer around 30 start passes and organise a pasta evening on the evening before the marathon.
The Berlin half marathon
is every year like a small sightseeing tour of Berlin city, you are passing many sights and its next to the marathon the only chance to run in the middle of the streets of Berlin. And the big advantage of this half marathon is, that it is easy to run, because Berlin it is flat and there are no hills to „climb“:
I would really recommend first half marathon runners, it was also my first longer run and it is a perfect start because of the „no hill fact“, the weather – which was the last three years perfect dry and sunny – and also the professional organisation from the SCC Berlin.
How is it organised? The start number you have to pick up for safety reasons they say- personally on the days before in the Station Berlin (they moved from Tempelhof, because of the refugees) where they also have a little fair, and you can buy shoes and clothes or make running analyses.
The sign up to the half marathon Berlin starts in autumn, and the last years it was sold out around January or February so be quick, check the dates and further Information on the website from SCC Events.
So how was my run today: fun and sunny but I started too fast (.. a „beginner mistake“ after years of running). But it was an awesome run with perfect weather and amazing people. And in the end it is the main fact for me. Here you get some impressions of my run:
and our pasta-evening on the 2nd of April with this stunning view:
and after the run today I went to my absolutely super burger restaurant in Berlin: Rembrandt Burger (insider Tipp)
If you are interested in the running group Berlin here you find more information: Laufteam Gesundheit on Facebook