Marathon this weekend Getting ready for the Bonn marathon

Bonn · It’s coming this weekend, the highly anticipated Bonn Marathon. More than 13,000 runners will be participating and registration is still open for those who want to sign up.

On Sunday, April 2, more than 13,000 runners will be participating in the 17th Deutsche Post Bonn Marathon. A growing number of women are running these days. One can see them along popular routes at the Rhine, doing the bridge round but also participating in weekend runs or big city marathons. More than one third of those registered for the Bonn Marathon in 2017 are women.

For all female and male runners, everyone is looking towards their own personal achievement. Some will be running to improve their best times. Others will be running just to be able to complete it and be a part of it, whether the full marathon at 42.195 kilometers or the half-marathon at 21.0975 kilometers. Still other runners just want to soak up the atmosphere. The marathon is fascinating for participants, but also for onlookers who cheer on the runners.

In 2015, Bonn passed the 13,000 participant mark for the first time and the numbers since then have been climbing. The number of half-marathoners is especially growing from year to year.

Kicking off the event is a three-day Marathon Exhibition at the Koblenzer Tor (Gate) in the Stadtgarten. The so-called Premium Food Festival has established itself on the Münsterplatz, offering even more culinary variety this year. Music can be heard from different groups and in different styles.

First place winners in the full marathon receive 500 euros, and there is a time bonus as well. In the half marathon, there are monetary wards for the first three finishers.

You want to run but you haven’t registered yet? Registration is open until Saturday evening for both the full and half-marathons. Sign-up is at the Marathon Exhibition in the Stadtgarten, open Thursday, March 30 from 2 - 8 pm, Friday, March 31 from 10 am - 8 pm, and Saturday, April 2 from 10 am to 6 pm. More details about the marathon will be provided in GA-English in the coming days.

(Orig. text: Berthold Mertes, Bernd Joisten)

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