The Berlin Half Marathon was a memorable race characterized by break-neck speeds. Not by me of course, but by winner Leonard Koman, whose time of 59:14 is the fastest half marathon debut time in history. If you double that time and then add on another 25 minutes, then you get my finish time. While I may not have broken any records, I did manage to conquer another destination on my quest to run the world.
The Race Expo
Since “traveling the world and running it, too” is what I do, I thought it was very cool that the race expo took place inside an airport. The disused Tempelhof Airport was once considered one of Europe’s three iconic pre-World War II airports, along with London’s now defunct Croydon Airport and the old Paris – Le Bourget Airport.
However, Tempelhof is probably best known as the airport where the Allies flew into to deliver essential supplies to sustain the people of Berlin during World War II. These days, the property is used as an event location for trade fairs and conventions, and the runway used by cyclists, skateboarders and rollerbladers, and on this occasion, the children’s race event that was part of the Berlin Half Marathon.
We also ran along the Unter den Linden and its grand buildings, however, while this is normally a very pretty street, there was a lot of construction going on, with cranes and barriers obstructing much of its beauty. Also, Berlin, like many parts of Western Europe, is having a glorious spring, and temperatures on race day were 20 C/68 F. However, there was no relief to be had in the shade Unter den Linden (translation: Under the linden trees), which were still bare or not there at all because of the construction.
Nearly 30,000 people participated in the Berlin Half Marathon, and there were musical bands, artists and enthusiastic spectators waving signs and cheering us along the way. I even had my own personal cheering section. Too bad I totally missed them!! They had cool signs and everything!
For me, half of the fun of conquering destinations on my quest to run the world is the loot, the spoils, and the take away from this conquest was less than impressive.