After the Corona crisis: problems for running events continue


After the Corona crisis
Still problems for running events

There are more than 45,000 entries for the Berlin marathon Photo: Andreas Gora/dpa

There are more than 45,000 entries for the Berlin marathon

© Andreas Gora/dpa

Many running events in Germany continue to have problems with declining numbers of participants and decreasing budgets. This was pointed out by the long-time race director of the Frankfurt marathon, Jo Schindler.

Many running events in Germany continue to have problems with declining participant numbers and shrinking budgets. This was pointed out by the long-time race director of the Frankfurt marathon, Jo Schindler.

"The situation is difficult," said Schindler in an interview with the German Press Agency. "All have a decline." Schindler sees the Berlin marathon taking place on September 25 "a bit out of the question, because they have a different budget". In the capital there are more than 45,000 entries for the 42.195-kilometer race, the organizers there see themselves at about the level of 2019 and thus ahead of the corona crisis.

Of the Frankfurt-Marathon, in which shorter distances are also offered, will take place again for the first time on October 30th after a two-year break. Three weeks earlier there is also a marathon and races over shorter distances in Magdeburg. Ralf Eger explained for the organizers with regard to the situation with the sponsors: "Long-term partners no longer exist." In view of the overall economic situation, he expects entry fees to increase next year. In Magdeburg, too, there were fewer registrations than before. After once 6000 there are now 4500.

dpa



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