Bonn · The weather is looking good for the Bonn marathon on Sunday. From street closings, to the running route, important phone numbers and viewing places, here is what you need to know for the big event on April 2.
Even if you are not a runner, the Deutsche Post Bonn Marathon offers a warm atmosphere and plenty of chances to cheer on all those athletes pushing themselves to the limit. With a beautiful weather forecast for Sunday, it promises to be comfortable not only for the participants but also for the spectators. It offers a chance to get out the noisemakers and signs and encourage Bonners from all over the world to reach the finish line. Here is what you need to know about race day:
Racers start in the Bonn city center and make their way over the Kennedy Bridge to Beuel, running a loop on that side of the Rhine and then back again over the Kennedy Bridge, continuing on the other Rhine side. The final stretch brings runners down Konrad-Adenauer-Allee, past the University of Bonn and to the finish at Marktplatz.
Beginning Saturday, April 1 at 9 pm, there will be some no-parking areas designated, and cars parked there will be towed away at the owners expense. Recommended for visitors at this time are the Friedensplatz parking garage and the Stadthaus parking garage.
On Sunday from 8 am - 5 pm, here are the street closings: Streets from Wachsbleiche along Römerstraße, Welschnonenstraße, Belderberg, Sandkaule, Adenauerallee, Bundeskanzlerplatz to Welckerstraße. In the city center, the area of Oxfordstraße from Wilhelmstraße to the Kennedy Bridge, Rathausgasse, Am Hof, Wesselstraße, Am Neutor and Am Hofgarten.
On Sunday from 8 am - 3 pm, here are the street closings: The area between Kennedy Bridge, Konrad-Adenauer-Platz, Limpericher Straße, Auf der Schleide, Rudolf-Hahn-Straße, Landgrabenweg until T-Mobile and Rhein/Rheinaustraße, Combahnstraße, Professor-Neu-Allee.
For those who want to go and cheer on the runners, there are many great perspectives offered. Standing along the Rhine promenade near Bonn city center is a favorite place for many. One can also see them on the Beuel side of the river in the Rheinaue park. For those who want to encourage runners closer to the finish line, a spot along the B9 (Konrad-Adenauer-Allee) is the place to be. While there is always an enthusiastic crowd, it is never too full to get a first row standing place, and the runners appreciate the support!
8:30 am Inline skaters/ Handbikers
8:45 am Halfmarathon
10:30 am Marathon, including relay teams
Orig. text: ck with information from Bernd Joisten