Düsseldorf not only offers the longest bar in the world but also a shopping mile. Approximately 14,000 runners were convinced by this at the METRO Group Düsseldorf Marathon on the 8th of May 2011, including it’s additional competitions.


Great views over the Rhine make this one of the most attractive races in
Germany.  High class participants ensure the reputation of the event is
maintained.  High temperatures climbing above more than 20 degrees
Celsius in the shade and strong winds ruined some hopes for distance


The 28-year-old Kenyan Nahashon Kimaiyo won the "heat running" in 2:10:54 hours just before Vasyl Remshchuck (Ukraine 2:13:09) and Jonathan Yego (Kenya 2:13:50). Merima Mohammed, the favourite, took first place. The only 18-year-old Ethiopian finished 42.2 kilometres in 2:28:15. Numerous spectators alongside the course proved that the Rhinelanders are also ready for carnival beyond the carnival season. At the “Bergischer Löwe” the runners once more received an extra motivation: the band Jazz Rally Düsseldorf turned up the heat for spectators and athletes.

The time measuring chip, integrated for the first time into the start number, stood the test – every participant automatically gets the right chip and no expenditure to return it. What the chip is not able to do: Photos! This took over the approved team from Marathon-Photos.com. Further information and result lists on the Internet under





She calls herself “an athletic nobody” – but Julia Thorn is the only Australian female to have run 100 marathons.


In her book, Passion for Distance, she recalls not being a sporty child, lying at high school about running a mile and not being able to complete a one-mile circuit of the sports oval at university.

When she started work in London, she bought a bike for weekend riding but soon found it a convenient way to commute during the week. With improving fitness, she enjoyed increasingly longer rides, including the entire length of Britain.


It wasn’t until Julia was 30 and living in Australia that she tried running again, joining her husband in a light jog. Cycling had given her a level of fitness she hadn’t expected and she “fell in love with the simplicity of running”.


She ran her first marathon in Rotorua, New Zealand, in 1997 and her 100th again in Rotorua in 2010. In between there were marathons throughout Australia, New Zealand and around the world; some chosen for their iconic status, others because they were scenic or interesting, or conveniently suited other travel plans. There were also half marathons and ultra marathons which were not included in the tally of 100.


The book is enthusiastically filled with Julia’s race experiences, course descriptions, hints on the training and diet methods that work for her. It reflects her passion for running and is a very enjoyable read.



Published by Melbourne Books: www.melbournebooks.com.au

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