On the 16th and 17th May 2009 the starting shots sounded for the superlative cycling event of the year: The Gerolsteiner Radsport Festival 2009. On the occasion of this kick-off to the cycling season, everyone had the opportunity to put their abilities to the test on a selection of road races.  In addition to individual and team race events across distances of 26 km and 30 km, there also were four ultra-marathon routes on offer of between 51 km and 209 km. The various routes run through the Vulkaneifel and the German-Belgium Nature Park, promising not only sporting challenges with altitude differences of up to 3,050 metres, but also breathtaking landscapes.

And there was also something for the offspring of cycling enthusiasts:  The EVM Junior Race offered children and young people aged between 6 and 15 years of age the opportunity to participate in cycle races on the basis of age categories. An outdoor cycle sports trade fair and framework programme with a whole host of attractions for the entire family rounded off the event.


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Gerolsteiner Radsport Festival 2009: Race overview

TOUR Single Time Trial: Saturday 16th May 2009, 1pm - 3.30pm
Route length: 26.6 km, 404m altitude difference

TOUR Team Time Trial: Saturday 16th May 2009, 3.30pm - 6.00pm
Route length: 30.59 km, 305m altitude difference

EVM Junior Race: Saturday 16th May 2009, 6.00pm - 7.30 pm
Route length: 5.08 km to 20.32 km, 66 to 264m altitude difference (depending on age category)

In just ten weeks, all 12,500 running slots for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon have been filled and registrations have closed two weeks early.
Now organisers need volunteer helpers to sign up for the event.

"The response has been nothing short of phenomenal. Not only has it garnered more participation than any other marathon in Malaysia but 92% of the participants are Malaysians, which is a step in the right direction of our goal to establish a running culture in Malaysia," said Race Director Hemant Dua.
Even the title sponsor was delighted with the registrations.

"This is the inaugural Standard Chartered KL Marathon and we are very happy that the community has responded so positively," said Julian Wynter, Managing Director and CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Malaysia Berhad.

Runners who missed out on registering were welcome to sign up as volunteers, Mr Dua said.

"Volunteers are the backbone of any sporting event and will help us ensure that runners from around the world have a great time in Kuala Lumpur and are treated to the best of Malaysian hospitality."

More than 500 volunteers are needed to assist before and during race day, including race pack distribution, drink stations, course marshals and crowd control.

The event includes a full and half marathon, 10km, 5km fun run and kids dash. All start and finish at Dataran Merdeka and follow routes on a completely new course around the city's highlights.

Great Schottish Run

Next Event:
2009: 28. June



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