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When I'm on inline skates, I feel free

After two years of forced break, the Blade Night is back - 2000 inline skaters are on the first Monday in the city. On the money, it's still missing something, but the organizers are optimistic.

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the last Time the knee pads to put, then the putting on the helmet and the ride: After two years of Pause, the Blade Night is on this Monday evening back in the city. At least 2000 participants according to the organizer, to roll for two hours through Munich's West. One of them is Markus Lehner. The Munich is a man of the first hour: "Since 1999, I'm here with," he says, and is pleased that the long Blade-Night break is now over.

It is shortly before 21 clock, Lehner stands on the forecourt of the transport centre of the Deutsches Museum, which fills slowly with helmeted people with colorful vests and Inline Skates. Here, in the vicinity of the Theresienwiese, will be this summer, every Monday, weather permitting, the starting point for one of the five new routes this year's Blade Night. At the first journey on Monday, the Tour takes in the West of Munich. From the Theresienhöhe it goes high on the hacker bridge, the dachauer road, before the route via the Georg-Brauchle-Ring.

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only the cars have to Dodge The police block the road sections of approximately 30 minutes in length, so that the Skater can safely roll over the Asphalt. "It is good, if the cars have to stop," Markus Lehner. As a political Statement, he does not see the Blade Night but still: "for Me, it is about the fun of skating," he says. Lehner pulls his hand schooner joint a bit tighter and checked his protectors at the knee. Since the Blade Night was in the last two years, he for the first time in a Long Time on inline skates. "The feet don't do quite what you want," he says with a laugh. He is still waiting for a friend, then the fun can begin: In a large group on roads, which is otherwise full of cars are, for him, the charm on the Blade Night.

For the students, Artem Zatzepin means skating more than that: "When I'm on inline skates, I feel free," says the 23-Year-old. Zatzepin comes from St. Petersburg, for his studies, he came in front of one and a half years after Germany. Since the eighth class he is driving inline skates, meanwhile, he meets several times a week with friends to "Freestyle Slalom", a discipline in which the athletes deal with on inline skates different Parcours with obstacles. Zatzepin this year folder at the Blade Night. Together with the approximately 200 other volunteers, he ensures a smooth running of the event. "A few of my friends are here, too, it's nice to do something like that," he says. Then he got to go, there are only a few minutes to launch.

The Blade Night in Munich has a long Tradition: Already since 1999, according to the organizer of the "biggest night of Kate event in Europe takes place". At times up to 30 000 people rolled up on your roller blades through the closed roads. In the past two years, but nothing more. After the cancellation of the main sponsor, AOK, the organiser, the environmental organization Green City, found a new Sponsor. With the sporting goods manufacturer K2, a new Sponsor stepped in, the gives on the spot, free of charge, every Monday from 19 o'clock to inline skates and protective gear this year. A total of 100 Pairs of Skates are available for drivers without their own equipment.

Despite the new sponsor is a lack of the organizer of the Green City so far 23 000 euros for the organization of the Blade Night. To close the gap is currently running a Crowdfunding on k2bladenight.de. Charlotte Hofmann, project Manager for the Blade Night, confident that the missing money is still being taken: "6000 Euro, we have already been together, and every day coming in.". And even if the money is not raised completely, it is to start the Blade Night this year to a total of 18 assemblies 21 PM; the program with live interviews and music starts at 19 PM. On whit Monday family day, since the round will start through the city at 15. With the 2000 visitors on the first Monday of Hofmann is satisfied: "For a two-year break and the cold weather that's wonderful," she says. "From now on, it can go up."

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