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Berlin half marathon on Sunday : A Party for 37.548 guests

Who claimed large parts of a city for a couple of hours for his own Party, in advance, of course. Only the points of road closures and security consume vast amounts of resources, money, personnel and energy. And still is one of the host of the Party, Jürgen Lock, SCC Events, a few days prior to the event relaxed. "We are in the process of the items on our list to tick off," he says. "But all his gear."

the Berlin half marathon, of which 39. Edition this coming Sunday is taking place and the Lock is also not as a Party. "A lot of people are going to be on Sunday the traffic out and also for our environment," says the 51-Year-old. "The half marathon is fun and the protection of the environment."

at 9: 30 a.m. the skaters are on the road of the 17. June, start, a half hour later the wheelchair to get to the driver and hand bikers, marriage, shortly afterwards, the runners want to complete the route over the distance of exactly 21,095 miles. "We have 37.548 logged-in participants. As much as never before. That is of course a house number,“ says Lock. Especially when it throws back a glance.

at the beginning of the zero years, around 4000 sports registered just enthusiastic. Henceforth grew and grew the runner community. "The half marathon is already since many years in Germany, a Trend that is growing and growing," says Lock, with Christian Jost, managing Director of SCC Events. The half marathon is growing so much so, that Lock and his colleagues did already the end of November, no applications received for the course in April. "It would also certainly want to start more than 40,000 people in the half marathon," says Lock. "But at some point we could accept no more applications." Finally, the large streets of Berlin as the 17. June for 37.548 people pretty closely. "The fact that the runners move in a snake is not our claim." The exact start calculated times for different groups are not intended to guarantee that the many participants, too much in the way of that.

Some things are not predictable

at All it would Lock, and its numerous employees at the loved one, things would be at this huge event to calculate. But they are not. No, not the weather. "Currently, we are expecting 13 to 14 degrees, no rain," says Lock. But as we know, is hardly anything more uncertain than the weather. Rain can't be ruled out for Sunday and that it was a couple of degrees will not be less, also. And both would draw a big rat tail. "Then the question is whether we will serve hot drinks, for example." Whether you serve tea or not, the like to prepare on a normal Party, no circumstances. But for those hosts who need more than a host of 37,000 visitors.

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but that's not enough, there are even more unpredictable than the weather. Now the big sites are the organizers known. However, can open up short-term problems. Smaller roads - or water damage, for example, can be a major hurdle for the participants. "These are the usual things, the interactive objects again and again," says Lock. "We are all very disciplined."

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