Unique logistical and program features of Düsseldorf's METRO GROUP Marathon create magnetic mix for runners from across the world and grow participation every year since its inception in 2003. Registration at this IAAF Road Race Label-winning race (April 28, 2013) already at 20% over last year
Düsseldorf, Germany - METRO GROUP Marathon, Düsseldorf's annual marathon event, is now in its tenth year (2013 date: April 28). It has quickly become one of the fastest growing marathon events in Germany and attracts a wider international participation each year. Last year's statistics of 14,000 runners from 76 nations will probably be surpassed as registration numbers are already up 20% compared to 2012.
More than just another big city running event, several factors make this marathon stand out for runners and spectators alike. The city's elevation makes the route a record-oriented runner's paradise, evident in the many record times: Ethiopian Seboka Tola achieved the new route record of 2:08:27 this year, while Kenyan Agnes Jeruto set the new women's record of 2:25:49, and 23-year old German newcomer Anna Hahner surprised everyone by coming in just 14 seconds under the German Olympic standard for London; the route is one of the most fascinating and diverse backdrops, and includes the Rhine River promenade and all other main city attractions such as the historic Old Town, super-modern Media Harbour, and shopping boulevard Königsalle; and Düsseldorf provides an unrivaled party atmosphere: the city is home to one of the biggest carnival celebrations and parades in Germany, and the audience does not miss out on turning the sidelines of the race into a spectacle. More than 400,000 line the street, often in costumes and equipped with instruments and other noise makers.
Moreover, the format of the marathon allows some unusual participants. About 2,500 corporate relay teams -- with four runners per company splitting the route and competing against other companies -- participated last year; and children and teenagers get to take off with everyone else, and then race towards a separate finish line in Old Town after 4.2 kilometers.
Last but not least, the highly developed infrastructure makes Düsseldorf not only a great travel destination, but also an easy one for marathon runners. Düsseldorf International Airport offers non stop flights from 11 North American cities alone, taking the hassle out of traveling to foreign marathon locations and allowing American runners -- as well as those from across the globe -- to arrive full of energy and ready to break more records.
Düsseldorf's tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for marathon participants and visitors. The “METRO GROUP Marathon Düsseldorf” packages can be booked online at http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/hotel-packages/marathon. Prices start at €48 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3 star hotel in the city center and at €74 per person for a 4-5 star hotel. All packages include breakfast, a Düsseldorf Welcome Card (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), 10% off the marathon registration fee, and a city information package.
For more information about METRO GROUP Marathon Düsseldorf, please visit metrogroup-marathon.de
For more information about the destination Düsseldorf, please visit: www.visitduesseldorf.de.