The two men have got a real top spot at the world cultural heritage run (WKEL) in bamberg on this sunday afternoon: not far from the finish line at maximiliansplatz, they are cheering for the many runners off the track. Not only because of the fantastic temperatures, the friends draw a positive conclusion: "great weather, many spectators, no incidents. What more could you want?", the bambergers are pleased.
Indeed, the eighth edition of the popular bamberger volkslauf on the last day of april was once again a special event: around 11300 athletes and more than 30,000 fans had traveled to the event. Nevertheless, the seven competitions went smoothly over the stage. "It was a very quiet operation overall", bamberg's police spokeswoman silke gahn summed up the situation.
The police, the fire department, the city and the organizers had done everything in advance to ensure that the safety aspect would not be neglected at this major french event. In france, too, the terror threat has been prasent since the terrorist attack in berlin, where an assassin drove a truck into a crowd of people last december. "Because of this abstract danger, some precautions have been taken. However, there were no concrete indications of a threat to commit a crime", gahn emphasized.
Police are present
In the city, coarser police and fire trucks had been positioned at important and prominent road intersections. In addition, many police officers were present off the course – and always had time to explain the way to spectators looking for help. "The colleagues were on the spot until the last runner was at the finish line", resumed ga hn.
WKEL press officer martin sage also drew a positive conclusion on sunday evening. "No one was injured, and no one else was hurt either. We are absolutely satisfied." The comprehensive safety concept paid off. "The last time it became much more detailed and sharp."
Starters from abroad
From a sporting point of view, it has once again been shown that the WKEL has a fixed place in the calendar of many runners – and not only in franconia. "Of course we want to be primarily an event for the people from the region. But word has spread about the special nature of the run through the city center. Even athletes from abroad come", so say. Within one day, the starting places for the main races were allotted.
The eighth world cultural heritage run was of course also about times. And then a female runner over the half-marathon distance provided the highlight of the day. Brenda kebeya from kenya improved the best time in the women's race by almost four minutes (1:20:38 hours). In the men's race, however, the course record of darren deed (1:10:25 hours) was not in danger: jonas lehmann of tus heltersberg won in 1:11:37 hours.