100 historical Miles through and around Berlin
The 100MeilenBerlin event will take place on August 16th/17th, 2014 in memory of the numerous Berlin Wall victims. This is the third race since 2011. Most of the run is on the paved Berlin Wall Path which leads around what was once the West Berlin border. The 100MeilenBerlin is an annual event occurring after the August 13th memorial date of the Walls original erection. That day, in 1961, the construction of the border began using concrete and steel barricades. At least 138 people lost their lives attempting to escape the East-West-Border before 1989.Each year, 100MeilenBerlin is dedicated to another Wall victim. This year, it is devoted to Peter Fechter who died during his attempt to escape in 1962 near the well-known Checkpoint Charlie. His death changed the world's perception of the Berlin Wall. As he laid bleeding to death in the border strip, neither the GDR Border Guards nor Western Allies helped him.
The Finishers-Medal will bear the likeness of Peter Fechter in the same way Chris Gueffroy was remembered at the „Mauerweglauf“ premiere in 2011 and Günter Litfin in 2013.
This year, once again, the 100Meilen-Patron is former GDR-Civil Rights Activist Rainer Eppelmann.
Similar to 100Meilen-Premiere in 2011, the Wall Path will be run clockwise. Each year, the direction of the run alternates. For the first time, the Start and Finish of 100MeilenBerlin will be at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark near the 'Mauerpark'.
Here is a list of the most important information for the 'Mauerweglauf':
- Start Times: 6 a.m. Single Runner, 7 a.m. Relay Run
- 27 Catering/ Aid Stations with a total of 300 Volunteers along the Path (every 6 km)
- 13 Online Time Checkpoints (times can be checked online)
- Time Limit: 30 Hours (Single- and Relay Run)
- Relay Run for up to 28 Team Members (runner exchange points are flexible)
- Back-to-Back-Medal for all Finishers that successfully participating in 2013 and 2014
- 100Meilen buckle for a race time that is less than 24 hours
- Finisher shirt in co-operation with "Künstlerinitiative East-Side-Gallery e.V."
- Limit of Participants is 500. The deadline for registration: July 1st, 2014
- Bib Number entitles free rides on Public Transportation (BVG/VBB) during the Event
- Pasta-Party (August 15th) and Final Dinner (August 17th) is included
- Special Rates at hotel partner RAMADA Hotel for all participants and coaches (limited)
- Free of charge Dormitory style facilities
Greetings from the Patron Rainer Eppelmann
Dear Runners, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am happy to see how the Berlin 100-Meilen Run has developed into such a success story and is attracting more participants than ever in 2014. 25 years after the fall of The Wall this is an impressive way of remembering the inner German border and its fall in 1989.
From one day to the next, the Berlin Wall divided families, separated friends and made a normal life in Berlin nearly impossible. Personally I was not able to attend my school from August 1961 onwards, others lost their jobs or university placements. Above all, this monument became a trap for the 17 million people locked-in. Especially for those that were brave or desperate enough to escape the GDR yet paid for their attempts with long prison terms, heavy fines or even with their lives.
This year we want to especially remember one of the most joyful monuments in recent German history 25 years ago, on 9th November 1989, the majority of the GDR population had enough of inprisonment and dictatorship. The citizens opened the borders and The Wall finally fell. Today only a few remnants of The Wall are left to remind us of this inhuman border that locked-in West Berlin while also turning all of the GDR into a prison. Therefore, it is very important to remember the decades of German division and of course all of its victims.
The Berlin 100-Meilen event along the former Berlin Wall path has become a major achievement. I hope it will continue to grow as successfully as it has the past few years and continue to attract many exceptional athletes to run this historic course. I wish every participant a successful run.
Slipping On History: The Finishers-Shirt
This year the 100Meilen-Finishers-Shirt
will display artwork from Berlin's East Side Gallery
. It illustrates the special rock music art of The Wall image by American artist Lance Keller and the legendary British band Pink Floyd
. While Pink Floyd was performing in 1990 at 'Potsdamer Platz' in front of thousands of people, Lance was brushing the record cover of the rock opera "The Wall" onto the Berlin Wall. In September 2013, Pink Floyds co-founder Roger Waters
came to Berlin to protest the partial demolition of the East Side Gallery, and as a result Lance Keller's artwork had to be on the 2014 shirt!
100Meilen-Organiser Dr. Ronald Musil (left) gets a chance to meet Roger's manager Andrew Zweck (right) at the East Side Gallery in late 2013 showing off both the new design as well as the green Original-2013-Finisher-Shirt.
Special thanks to „Künstlerinitiative East Side Gallery e.V.“ for the ongoing support and cooperation!