Rhein-Ruhr-Marathon

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The Rhein-Ruhr-Marathon is a marathon in Duisburg, which was first held in 1981. It is therefore one of the oldest city marathons in Germany. In addition to the classic 42.195 kilometer race, the current program also incorporates a half marathon, a marathon for inline-skaters and a wheelchair marathon.

History[edit]

When, in 1981, the sport budget of the City of Duisburg had a sum of 8,000 DM at its disposal, Eintracht Duisburg 1848 audaciously applied for funding for its intention of setting up a marathon. With assistance from sponsors Thyssen Bautechnik, it succeeded in staging the race as a city marathon, directed in a clockwise fashion through 12 city districts – this was only the second city marathon to be held in Deutschland, after the Frankfurt Marathon which had been run for the first time in the spring of the same year. The then Oberbürgermeister Josef Krings personally fired the starting pistol for this first race on 18th. September 1981, in the Sportpark Wedau . With 385 competitors making it to the finish, it admittedly lagged behind Frankfurt and the Berlin Marathon of one week later, which each notched up over 3,000 entrants. However the positive response to the first staging of the race lead to Duisburg also being able to report four-figure entrant numbers from 1983 onwards

In 1987 the Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband conferred its championship on Duisburg, resulting in a record of 3155 runners reaching the finish line. The administration had by this time however taken on such proportions that the organizing club Eintracht Duisburg was reaching the limits of its capabilities. A decision over the future of the race was postponed when in 1989 Duisburg received the contract for the Universiade, whose marathon was staged within the framework of the Rhein-Ruhr Marathon. In 1990 however came a (temporary as it turned out) cessation.

In 1991 and 1992 a second attempt was undertaken with Eintracht Duisburg as organizers and the Duisburg Werbe- und Touristik GmbH, a municipal organization, as administrators. Competition with the considerably larger city marathons such as the Berlin Marathon, which was also staged in September, was however futile and so both organizers and administrators finally pulled out, resulting in the marathon failing to be staged in 1993 and 1994.

In 1995 a new beginning was undertaken by the Stadtsportbund Duisburg e. V. and the Lauf-Club Duisburg e.V., who still administer the race today, and a broader sporting outlook was followed. The direction of the race was altered so that now it went through the town in a counter-clockwise direction and the date was changed from Saturday afternoon to Sunday morning.

In 2000 an inline-skater event was entered into the program, in 2002 a half marathon and wheelchair marathon followed. The German Championships of 2000 and 2003 were staged within the framework of the Rhein-Ruhr Marathon.

Course[edit]

The course consists of a full circuit. The start is in the Kruppstraße in the Sportpark Wedau, from where it goes through Neudorf to the city center. While the half-marathon course branches off here in a southern direction towards the Dellviertel, the marathon course leads to the Inner Harbor and then via Kasslerfeld and the Ruhr as far as Ruhrort. After a diversion through Meiderich it goes over the Friedrich-Ebert-Bridge taking you to the left bank of the Rhine (Rhein). From Alt-Homberg it turns South and goes via Essenberg and Hochemmerich to Rheinhausen. The Brücke der Solidarität takes it back over the Rhein into Hochfeld, where at the 28 km mark, it meets the half-marathon course coming in from the North. Shortly after this, the course turns to the South and leads via Wanheimerort, Buchholz and Huckingen as far as its southernmost point and then via Großenbaum and Wedau to the finish in the MSV-Arena.

Statistics[edit]

Course records[edit]

Winners 2008[edit]

Marathon

  • Male: Magnus Kreth, 2:33:18
  • Female: Marlies Meyer, 2:58:17

Half Marathon

  • Male: Boško Bjelajac, 1:13:58
  • Female: Lisa Müller, 1:21:27

Finishers 2008[edit]

Number reaching the finish

  • Marathon: 1286 (1095 men and 191 women), 71 less than the previous year
  • Half Marathon: 2874 (1996 man and 878 women), 625 more than the previous year

List of winners – Marathon[edit]

Sources: website of the organizers,[1] arrs.net[2]

Date Men Time Women Time
9 June 2013 Magnus Kreth 2:36:44 Vanessa Rösler 3:02:18
20 May 2012 Samson Kosgei (KEN) 2:32:03 Dorothea Frey (GER) 2:56:41
29 May 2011 Richjard Ngolepus (KEN) 2:30:30 Silvia Krull (GER) 2:46:16
30 May 2010 Magnus Kreth 2:29:43 Antje Möller 2:58:41
7 June 2009 Sascha Velten (GER) 2:32:16 Marlies Meyer 2:56:56
1 June 2008 Magnus Kreth -2- 2:33:18 Marlies Meyer 2:58:17
29 April 2007 Robert Jäkel 2:33:57 Martina Schwanke 2:55:32
30 April 2006 Magnus Kreth 2:30:07 Antje Möller -3- 2:56:30
5 June 2005 Volker Dorn 2:35:12 Antje Möller -2- 3:12:42
6 June 2004 Karsten Kruck 2:35:23 Ulrike Ewald 3:09:11
1 June 2003 Michael Fietz 2:23:15 Sylvia Renz 2:41:57
26 May 2002 Salvatore Di Dio 2:27:10 Alexandra Zaparty 3:08:40
27 May 2001 Carsten Breidenbach -3- 2:30:21 Antje Möller 3:06:42
30 April 2000 Matthias Körner 2:20:04 Ines Cronjäger 2:40:57
30 May 1999 Winfried Spanaus -3- 2:32:12 Heike Säger 2:58:11
24 May 1998 Carsten Breidenbach -2- 2:24:53 Andrea Thieken 2:45:07
25 May 1997 Carsten Breidenbach 2:27:13 Svetlana Waack 2:57:12
22 May 1996 Winfried Spanaus -2- 2:25:58 Bärbel Halfmann -2- 2:56:09
17 September 1995 Winfried Spanaus 2:25:22 Bärbel Halfmann 2:55:40
19 September 1992 Jean Weyts (BEL) 2:20:39 Olga Parlyuk (RUS) 2:38:30
21 September 1991 Thomas Eickmann 2:17:55 Birgit Lennartz -4- 2:43:30
26 August 1989 Tibor Baier (HUN) 2:14:33 Irina Bogachova (URS) 2:35:09
24 September 1988 Jan Huruk (POL) 2:17:11 Irena Hulanicka (POL) 2:47:23
26 September 1987 Régis Ancel (FRA) 2:17:32 Monika Lövenich 2:38:26
27 September 1986 Edi Kaul 2:18:18 Gaby Wolf 2:38:13
28 September 1985 Wiesław Dubiel -2- 2:17:34 Bernadette Hudy 2:46:13
15 September 1984 Wiesław Dubiel (POL) 2:18:07 Birgit Lennartz -3- 2:42:18
17 September 1983 Jean-Pierre Crochon (FRA) 2:16:55 Birgit Lennartz -2- 2:43:23
18 September 1982 Jerzy Kowol (POL) 2:21:16 Birgit Lennartz 3:05:57
19 September 1981 Manfred Brucks 2:26:36 Mary-Ann Christen-Meyer 2:53:50

List of winners – Half Marathon[edit]

Jahr Männer Zeit Frauen Zeit
2008 Boško Bjelajac 1:13:58 Lisa Müller - 3 - 1:21:27
2007 Oliver Minzlaff - 3 - 1:06:41 Lisa Müller - 2 - 1:23:40
2006 Oliver Minzlaff - 2 - 1:05:06 Lisa Müller 1:24:52
2005 Muharrem Yilmaz 1:13:15 Svenja Jütte 1:24:21
2004 Oliver Minzlaff 1:06:51 Ulrike Hoeltz 1:22:46
2003 Moses Cheserek (KEN) 1:08:13 Rosemarie Kössler 1:22:31
2002 Carsten Thoma 1:08:40 Bärbel Halfmann 1:24:18

Finishers year by year[edit]

Year Marathon Half Marathon
Total Men Women Total Men Women
2008 1286 1095 191 2874 1996 0878
2007 1357 1161 196 2246 1657 0589
2006 2214 1842 372 3223 2147 1076
2005 1344 1183 161 2585 1875 0710
2004 1575 1378 197 2332 1690 0642
2003 2103 1787 316 1664 1211 0453
2002 2152 1897 255  ???  ???  ???
2001 1742 1515 227 --- --- ---
2000 2592 2249 343 --- --- ---
1999 1867 1675 192 --- --- ---
1998 1643 1481 162 --- --- ---
1997 1620 1465 155 --- --- ---
1996 1655 1486 169 --- --- ---
1995 1671 1486 185 --- --- ---
1992 1404 1309 095 --- --- ---
1991 1703 1559 144 --- --- ---
1989 1903 1781 122 --- --- ---
1988 2135 1990 145 --- --- ---
1987 3155 2913 242 --- --- ---
1986 2628 2481 147 --- --- ---
1985 2145 2006 139 --- --- ---
1984 1258 1000 058 --- --- ---
1983 1005 0966 039 --- --- ---
1982 0616 0589 027 --- --- ---
1981 0385 0368 017 --- --- ---

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Informationen zur Geschichte des Rhein-Ruhr-Marathons
  2. ^ Rhein-Ruhr-Marathon auf arrs.net

External links[edit]