Press archive 2012

10 September 2012

Records at the 17th ebm-papst Marathon 2012

Jan Fitschen, multiple German and European champion, has set a new record for the 10 km course at the ebm-papst Marathon in Niedernhall with a time of 30:29 minutes. The same feat was achieved by Theresa Kett from Crailsheim, who set a new women's record of 37:47 minutes over the same distance.

Jan Fitschen has set a new record for the 10 km course
Jan Fitschen has set a new record for the 10 km course
Marathon winner Fedor Zeyer
Marathon winner Fedor Zeyer
The duo-marathon was won by Kay-Uwe Müller and Werner Fröschke
The duo-marathon was won by Kay-Uwe Müller and Werner Fröschke

"We are extremely pleased with the number of participants - more than 3,600 athletes," said ebm-papst Press Spokesman Hauke Hannig, commenting on the new records for the numbers of starters and finishers. "Our idea of establishing the ebm-papst Marathon as a running event for all the family has been a total success," said Hannig.

The exact numbers of starters and finishers had still not been confirmed yesterday at 14:00 hrs before the start of the inline skating race. The number of registrations received gave ebm-papst and the Police Sports Club of Hohenlohekreis to expect more than 3,600 runners at the finish. That would be about 200 athletes more than last year. The new record number of finishers was already expected on Saturday when 363 nordic walkers took to the course - an absolute record.

Arne Haag, who organised the event at ebm-papst, reported at the press conference that Jan Fitschen had registered for the ebm-papst Marathon from his training camp in Switzerland. Fitschen wanted to run the 10 kilometre course in Niedernhall on his way back to Bochum, using it for training and as motivation for the Berlin Marathon. And he did so with success. Jan Fitschen was enthralled by the "fantastic atmosphere" along the course and at the start/finish area in Niedernhall. The event was "perfectly organised with passion and commitment". As an example he pointed out the "superb pasta party" on Saturday evening.

While the weather on Sunday morning was just perfect for the 10-kilometre runners, the half-marathon and marathon runners had to struggle with the heat. Marathon winner Fedor Zeyer from Gerlingen coped with this best, finishing in Niedernhall relatively relaxed in a time of 2:44:49 hours. "My respect to everybody who is still out there," he said at the finishing line. Runner up was ebm-papst employee Marco Rüdenauer in a time of 3:02:27 hours. Fastest woman in the marathon was Andrea Müller in a time of 3:30:44 hours.

The duo-marathon was won as expected by Kay-Uwe Müller (Ilshofen) and Werner Fröschke (Schwäbisch Hall) in a time of 2:35:56 hours. That was also a new course record.

With a time of 1:14:57 hours, Johannes Moldau (SV Würzburg) was the fastest in the half-marathon. Heike Volkert (LAV Tübingen) won the women's event over 21-Kilometres in a time of 1:23:12 hours ahead of Branka Hajek from Vellberg-Großaltdorf.

Athletes from region also performed well in the men's 10-kilometre race. Dennis Weikum (TSG Schwäbisch Hall) came in a superb third in the 10-kilometre race in a time of 32:58 minutes ahead of Günter Seibold (TSV Crailsheim), Steffen Mader from Pfedelbach, Johannes Weingärtner and Jonas Mager (both TSG Schwäbisch Hall).

Behind Theresa Kett, Irina Benner (TSG Öhringen) came second in the women's 10 kilometres. Eleisa Haag (Niederstetten) finished sixth.

The kids all had fun in the bambini marathon, the mini marathon and the mini-half-marathon.

The event once again had an international flair: besides ebm-papst, lots more companies from Hohenlohe used the ebm-papst Marathon as a gathering for employees from all around the world. Along with around 12,000 spectators, they all enjoyed the family atmosphere and the varied fringe programme. The highlights in the festival marquee were the hula-hoop show by Andrea Engler and the dance moves of the twice world champion Poppin Hood.

Hauke Hannig
Head of Corporate Communication / Press Spokesperson ebm-papst Group
Phone: +49 7938 81-7105
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