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With Special Olympics at Berlin Marathon 2022

Auf dem Foto halten Special Olympics International Global Messenger und Langstreckenläufer Nyasha Derera und Olympiasieger und Vorbild Eliud Kipchoge ihr jeweiliges Marathon-Namensschild lächelnd in die Kamera.
Special Olympics Berlin 16.06.2022 Workshop bei der Designerin Anja Gockel Foto: Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4
Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4

On Sunday, 25 September, athletes with intellectual and multiple disabilities will compete in the Berlin Marathon 2022 and set a visible sign for inclusion and an equal society. We are delighted to be part of this international highlight event of the sports metropolis of Berlin.

A particularly fast runner from Special Olympics will also start at the Berlin Marathon: Nyasha Derera, International Global Messenger of the movement and long-distance runner from Zimbabwe. He will join Olympic champion and role model Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya and Guye Adola of Ethiopia, winner of the 2021 Berlin Marathon, on the course. Derera will try to confirm his best time of 2:23 hours.

A small dream already came true for Nyasha Derera today: at the press conference for the event he met his role model Eliud Kipchoge, who wrote him a personal and very fitting dedication on his provisional start number: "No human is limited".

The photo shows Special Olympics International Global Messenger and long-distance runner Nyasha Derera from Zimbabwe together with Olympic Champion and role model Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya. Kipchoge has placed his hand on Derera's shoulder in friendship and both are smiling at each other.
Leichtathletik Berlin 23.09.2022 BMW Berlin Marathon Foto: camera4
Tilo Wiedensohler/camera4

The organizer of the Berlin Marathon SCC Events supports Special Olympics not only with the starting place for Nyasha Derera. Another 15 Special Olympics runners will be allowed to enter the race at a specially erected starting arch at kilometer 40 and show what Special Olympics athletes are capable of.

Between Leipziger Straße and Unter den Linden, the course of the Berlin Marathon passes the Gendarmenmarkt. Here, volunteers and employees of the organizing committee of the Special Olympics World Games Berlin 2023 will provide information about the largest inclusive sports event in the world, which will take place in Germany for the first time next summer.


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