40 YEARS AGO TODAY – A MOVEMENT CONQUERS BERLIN

4. May 2021

Germany’s oldest city run held for the first time on May 3, 1981

BERLIN. 40 years ago, the starting signal for the running movement in German cities was given in Berlin: On May 3, 1981, the “25 km de Berlin” is the first city run in Germany. The anniversary is to be celebrated in 2021 despite the challenging times: On October 10, the 40th edition of the S 25 Berlin, as the popular run is now known, will once again transform the heart of the city into an unforgettable sightseeing tour for top and amateur runners.

We have moved the run from the traditional date in early May to the fall to make the event possible. By scheduling it in the second half of the year, we want to send a positive signal for the sport and offer everyone a realistic perspective and anticipation,” explains Martin Seeber, who has been organizing the popular “Berlin läuft!” series with TOP Sportevents GmbH since this year. “In view of the latest news, we are optimistic that we will be able to celebrate the 40th anniversary of this special run on the streets of Berlin and in the Berlin Olympic Stadium. We are in constant exchange with the responsible authorities and will of course adapt our detailed hygiene concept of the S 25 Berlin to the current conditions.

On offer will be distances of 10 kilometers, the half-marathon distance, the traditional 25 kilometers as well as a relay competition for teams (5 x 5 kilometers) and a children’s race. The athletes will start at the Olympic Stadium and – after the “stations” of Victory Column, Brandenburg Gate, German and French Cathedral, Potsdamer Platz, Kurfürstendamm, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and Radio Tower – run to the finish on the famous blue track in the Olympic Stadium.

Running enthusiasts can register online for the S 25 Berlin.

Runners first took to the streets of the metropolis on May 3, 1981 – the French Allies in Berlin organized the “25 km de Berlin” and thus became the pioneer of German city runs. Since its premiere in 1981, the starting point of the race has always been the Olympic Square – and the finish line the Berlin Olympic Stadium. The last meters of the race are run through the marathon gate on the famous blue track.

French Major Jaques Bride once had the idea for a 25-kilometer run in the middle of the city. In 1981, the French Allies wanted to use the race to document their friendly ties to the people of Berlin. The premiere was a great success with over 3,000 participants.

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