A glance backward: Berlin Wall Race 2011
At the 100MeilenBerlin premiere on 20 August 2011, 92 runners started at the Lobeckstraße stadium in Berlin-Kreuzberg. What an impressive number for a running event that had never existed in this way in Berlin before. At the end, 78 runners reached the finish line within 30 hours – some at the end of their strength, but still entirely happy and surely with many newly gained experiences and impressions. The famous weather god was kind: 25 degrees Celsius as a peak temperature was within tolerable limits.
The victory in the men’s category was shared by the so called “Ultra Running Twins” Michael Vanicek and Jan Prochaska from the LG Nord Ultrateam at a total time of 16 hours and 22 minutes. Third place went to Holger Hedelt from Mannheim who crossed the yellow and black finish line after 16:51 hours.
Among the women, one of the favorites also won the title: Marika Heinlein from 1. FC Geesdorf won the 100Meilen premiere in 17:49 hours. Thereby she placed fifth overall. Second place in the women’s category went to Grit Seidel, followed by Catherine Todd, who arrived on short notice from Dubai.
The highlight at the end was the award ceremony at the Lobeckstrasse stadium: Every finisher was handed a certificate and the 100Meilen medal by 100Meilen patron Rainer Eppelmann, together with Minister of the Interior of Berlin at that time Dr. Ehrhart König, Berlin Wall Trail initiator Michael Cramer, District Mayor Franz Schulz, City Councilor for Sports Jan Stoeß (now head of the SPD in Berlin) and Katrin Gueffroy, the mother of Chris Gueffory, a victim of the wall. The medal showed the outline of the Berlin Wall Trail and a portrait of Chris, who was shot to death in 1989 while attempting to escape from the GDR.