The organiser of the Berlin Marathon, SCCRunning, had a record year in 2006. A total number of 144,599 athletes had entered 20 different events starting with the New Year’s Day Run and ending with the New Year’s Eve Race. Since 1964 SCC-Running has registered 1,682,425 entries in 407 events organised until today.
Berlin road race highlights in 2006 were once again the Berlin Marathon with 39,823 runners, walkers, wheechair athletes and handbikers as well as the Berlin Half Marathon. This race had more than 20,000 entries for the first time, but the figure includes skaters.
Haile Gebrselassie’s winning time at the Berlin Marathon remained the fastest of the year. The Ethiopian clocked 2:05:56. Additionally the result of Kenyan Edith Masai, who won the Berlin Half Marathon in 1:07:16, remained the year’s best. “For the first time we have two world leading results that still stand at the end of the year,” said race director Mark Milde. This year’s Berlin Half Marathon will take place on 1 April while the Berlin Marathon will be staged on 30 September.
Jörg Wenig for the IAAF