7th Airport Run Berlin: second place and PB

Last Saturday, April 27th, me and other 3681 people had the chance to run (perhaps for the last time?) on the new landing strip of the “Berlin und Brandenburg” airport. The 7th Airport Run Berlin, this year started at 7:00 p.m., letting us to enjoy a beautiful sunset even if the clouds brought a little rain since the 5th km. The half-marathon participants went through two laps, while the 10 km course was made of a single lap. You can find the GPS track of my 10 km on the new cloud platform by SportTracks following this link.
A strong tailwind really speeded us up in the first 5 km, where I tried also to save some energies for the second part (what a headwind from 5th to 8th km!). After the good final time at the 24th Lauf in Britzer Garten, another PB has come almost unexpectedly, lowering my 10 km best time to 00:34:38.

Ready to go!


A few seconds after the start (© H. Winter).

The start (© Günter Wicker).


Pushing on the new landing strip (© H. Winter).

A wonderful view right after the start (© Günter Wicker).

It was an honour to join the podium of such a great race. The organisation (BERLIN LÄUFT) was, as usual,  perfect and the staff very kind assisting runners immediately after the finish line.

Medal and trophy for the second place overall over the 10 km race.

Below there’s an extract from the official results of the 10 km race. 
1
Krannich, Christian
GER
00:33:26
2
Santuz, Alessandro
ITA
00:34:38
3
Foth, Carsten
GER
00:34:45
4
Eisenreich, Christian
GER
00:34:46
5
Dr. Teifke, Nils
GER
00:36:50
6
Wünsch, Gregor
GER
00:36:53
7
Spohn, Oliver
GER
00:37:00
8
Eidhof, Chris
NED
00:37:03
9
Plaumann, Mike
GER
00:37:08
10
Lepers, Thomas
FRA
00:37:44
The official results of the 7th Airport Run Berlin (10 km course).

BIG 25 Berlin 2012: a new World Record!

The 10478 runners at the start of three different races (25 km, Half Marathon and 10 km), were the perfect scenery for the seventh world record in the history of Germany’s oldest city road race: with an astonishing time of 1:11:18, the Kenya’s 28 year-old newcomer Dennis Kimetto broke into  the legendary Olympiastadion after a brilliant race. Caroline Chepkwony (Kenya), was the women’s winner, with an amazing time too (1:22:56).
Coming back to the ordinary people, the 10 km (my race) saw the French Adam Pardoux (winner of the 6th Berliner Airport Run) winning with a time of 00:34:25, while Susanne Hahn (German National Team) won the female race with a marathon-pace time of 00:35:12. The finishers were 1148 men and 954 women.
The first 10 male results of the 10 km are listed below. For the complete results go to http://berlin25km.r.mikatiming.de/2012/.
Keep on training, people!

Pl.
N.
Name
Team
Time
1
11307
34:25
2
10728
LT OSI Berlin
35:00
3
11080
35:13
4
10118
SC Potsdam
35:31
5
10801
Lupus Team Zehdenick
35:54
6
11183
SC Siemensstadt Berlin
36:02
7
10678
SV Friedrichstadt Berlin
36:17
8
10047
LTC Berlin
36:24
9
10757
Nokia Networks Networks
36:32
10
10690
Silca Ultralite Vittorio V.to
36:38
The first 10 male results of the 10 km race.

A beautiful shot of the start© Thomas Wenning

Sprinting in the Olympiastadion.

The beautiful atmosphere in the legendary Olympiastadion.

The altimetry of the 10 km course: a tough one!

Here you can find a list of my running-related posts. Now shut down the notebook and have a run! 
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BIG 25 Berlin – Preview.

One of the most famous Berlin’s road races has now an official Half-Marathon course. The start will be in front of the Olympic Stadium; the course then will lead the runners through the city centre of the capital, passing Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Friedrichstraße, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, the Memorial Church at Kurfürstendamm and the TV tower (the Half-Marathon and the 10k runners will pass through a shorter version of the route). The finish will then be on the glorious blue track of the Olympic Stadium (a very rare opportunity to trample on the legendary track). Did you train for the event? You could check your condition with a simple Conconi-test, or refine your preparation using the Hypoxic chamber! For the most scientific race-enthusiasts: have you ever thought about Amino Acids supplements?
More than 10000 entries are expected and after the recent record set by the 6th Berliner Airport Run (3972 runners at the start) it’s not difficult to predict a great race!

The time limit to accomplish the race for 25k is fixed in 3h 15min and for 10k in 1h 30min. Anyone not reaching 12.5k within the time zone of 95 min after the start is kindly asked to end the race. These runners will be brought by bus to the Olympic Stadium.
BIG 25 Berlin has produced five world records in total over the years: Kenneth Cheruiyot 1:13:58 (in 1997), Rodgers Rop 1:13:44 (in 2001), Paul Kosgei 1:12:45 (in 2004) and Samuel Kosgei 1:11:50 (in 2011). The course seems to be very fast: every runner looking for a PB should think about the participation to this spectacular race.
Meanwhile…keep on training, people!