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Freiburg Marathon 2013: The jubilee marathon Freiburg and its special stories
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The first runner to cross the finish line at the 10th Freiburg Marathon was the German Ulrich Benz. Exactly 2:31:31 hours after the start, Benz could enjoy the great feeling of winning – and not for the first time: He won the premiere in Freiburg, the first Freiburg Marathon (2004) and also the 5th Freiburg Marathon (2008). What an accomplishment!
First one to speak was the winner of today’s women’s race over 42,195 kilometers, Heidrun Besler, who finished in 3:07:52 hours and was overwhelmed by the atmosphere in Freiburg: “I want to thank all the fans and the great audience. The atmosphere was great; I have never before experienced something like that.” Due to the low temperatures, Heidrun’s running time was a little bit worse than she had expected; however, she really deserves the victory, as she already starts in the age class W55. Sandra Reiss (3:11:59 h) and Miriam Engel (3:14:06 h) came in second and third among today’s women’s race.
The men competition was characterized by many changes at the top of the field. The race’s second Thomas Klingenberger (2:36:52 h) had been leading the field for a while, expanding his lead at one point of the race to 200 meters. But Ulrich Benz exactly stuck to his race plan and passed Klingenberger at KM 33… and kept the first position. Third best of the day was Gerhard Schneble (2:37:30 h).
“It’s great to win the 10th Freiburg Marathon. I have been dreaming about that and actually believed in it.” Uli Benz states further about his three Freiburg victories: “The most beautiful win was today, the most difficult in 2008 and the most surprising in 2004.”
The half marathon in Freiburg is definitely the most popular running event in the region; today’s completion was won by Kathrin Müller and Gian Luca Borghesi. Müller, who lives in Freiburg, won in a time of 1:18:12 hours before Susanne Gölz (1:20:22 h) and Anja Röttinger (1:23:40 h). Borghesi from Rimini won in a time of 1:09:05 hours and was one of the many Italians who were in Freiburg for the marathon. Similar to Benz in the men’s marathon race, Borghesi passed the leading Daniel Hummel with a fantastic sprint. Hummel reached the third place (1:10:43 h) behind the second Felix Köhler (1:09:43 h).
There are two kinds of relays in Freiburg: Adults run the marathon and pupils the half mara-thon. At the S`Cool Run, the half marathon relay for school teams, the audience could see an exciting race, with the young runners of the Droste Running Team winning among girls and boys. The marathon relay was won by the guest from Italy: Bellaria Igea Marina needed 2:31:07 hours for the 42,195 kilometers.
Besides the successful athletes, also organizer Gernot Weigl and Dr. Bernd Dallmann from Freiburg Economy Tourist and Exhibition had something to say at the press talk.
Dr. Dallmann (FWTM) was again actively taking part, a particularly wonderful experience at the jubilee: “That was my 10th and also my most beautiful Freiburg Marathon. It was a great birthday party.”
Star guest Jeanette Biedermann with her band „Ewig“ summarized the atmosphere along the track: “Simply brilliant. The energy everywhere is fantastic. I was so excited that I almost for-get the text during one of ours songs.”
Of course, the last statement at the press talk came from the host. “11,056 participants. We are very proud to be again over the magical boarder of 11.000 runners,” said Gernot Weigl from the organizing runabout sports Freiburg GmbH. He was live in one of the cars on the course and enjoyed it: “On the track was a lot going on.” Moreover, the prospects for the fu-ture are great, as the official German half marathon championships will be held in 2014 at the 11th Freiburg Marathon, an additional highlight that will attract many spectators and the best German athletes. In a couple weeks, there will be some calmer days for Gernot Weigl and his team, before the planning for 2014 will start. “A marathon consists of planning and good prep-aration,”
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