Yesterday a huge group of runners, joggers, and walkers gathered in Munich to participate in the annual “company run” (German: Firmenlauf), a running competition for companies who operate in or around Munich. The distance is 6.75 km, so it’s quite do-able even for untrained participants who can always walk. Companies usually sponsor their groups with both the entry fees and some funny T-Shirt, and it’s more like a big party than everything else. In order to attract additional attention, some teams appeared in costumes, like IKEA with their yellow shopping bags (as trousers), the girly group of Wallmeier Hair in their colorful 80s leggings, or the guys and girls wearing blue wigs (aka the “Bosch4speed Team”).
But the majority of this years’ record-breaking 30,600 participants came for the sport event and the party, joined by an equally large fanbase along the racetrack through Munich’s awesome Olympic Park. Despite being rather cold that evening, the crowd started almost on time at 7:33 pm, with the 1,000 best runners heading the field. For them, the distance was not a big deal: Florian Neuschwander, the winner, came in 18 minutes and 17 seconds after the start, when others had not even started their race. (See the official results at B2RUN.)
By the way, Petra participated as well, for the very first time, and she did better than she had expected. Her starting number was 28920, and she needed just 42 minutes and 11 seconds, and she was quite happy about it. Exhausted, but happy. :-)
Here are just a few photos of the event (click to enlarge):