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.
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!