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Baldeneysee Marathon in the Ruhr Metropolis

October 13 2024

Marathon runners
© Westenergie Marathon

Obviously more people prefer to perform the role of spectator at a marathon than to entertain the idea of running 42.195 kilometres. A surprising number do turn up to jog some or all of the distance, which is the metric equivalent of the 26 miles and 385 yards length of the marathon during the 1908 Summer Olympics in London.

The Marathon, which has taken place since 1963, has participants chasing each other on an asphalt route twice around the picturesque Baldeneysee in Essen. The day also sees a relay taking the same route.

With impressive scenic views of such a beautiful spot and great atmosphere, it is a truly great event for runners and spectators alike.

Story Vincent Green, Jan 2 2022

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