The huge banner which at the start of this years real,- BERLIN-MARATHON on
September 30 referred in a very particular manner to the current political
situation in the world will go on a trip. In a way similar to that in Berlin,
it will be draped over the athletes participating in the New York City Marathon
on November 4, 2001 and send out a political signal to the world at large.
The huge banner has a size of about 25 x 40 meters. It bears the logo of the
real,- BERLIN-MARATHON and of the New York City Marathon and displays the
slogan: "United We Run".
With this motto, the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON wants to demonstrate its
heartfelt solidarity with the American people and in particular its close links
to the New York City Marathon.
As already demonstrated in Berlin, the tens of thousands of runners from all
over the world taking part in it will show the importance of sports and in
particular of marathons for uniting the peoples of the world.
Just like in the German capital, in New York, too, volunteers will help the
runners unfold the banner.
The action was made possible by the Bewag AG the major shareholder of which
is the American energy corporation Mirant. In a spontaneous action, Bewag had
stated shortly before the marathon race that it was ready to bear the costs of
the banner. About 40 staff-members of the company took part in the real,-
Reinhard Heitzmann, spokesman of the Bewag AG: "The horrible events of
September 11 in New York and in Washington caused a great shock in our company.
We appreciate what America did for Berlin over the past decades. By displaying
the huge banner at the start of this years marathon in Berlin and in New York,
we want to manifest our solidarity with our partners in America and with the