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UNITED WE RUN - Berlin at the New York City Marathon - 25 x 40 m banner travelled from Berlin to New York City - By Horst Milde
Because of the strong winds at the Verrazano Narrows-Bridge New Yorks race director Allan Steinfeld decided that the banner could not be carried by the runners on the bridge.
The international race directors helped to put the banner, sponsored by Germanys BEWAG, on the ground next to the runners, so that it could also be filmed by helicopters for the TV coverage.
Vic Navarra, Start Coordinator of the Marathon and a fire fighter from New York, who lost 10 colleagues of his brigade prepared this event.
Ascending white doves, the surrounding music and the whole atmosphere were heart rending and made most of the participants cry.
The BERLIN-MARATHON Team had been at the marathon expo in the huge Jacob Javits Convention Center with its own booth and advertised for the 29th BERLIN-MARATHON on September 29th, 2002.
Many of the visitors at the Berlin booth thanked the team around Horst Milde for being in New York at this time and for the support that the Germans showed.
On Saturday before the breakfast run, Horst Milde handed over a cheque about DM 65,000 (around $30.000) to two officials of the NYFD. The money had been donated by the participants of the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON for the survivors of the terrorist attacks and the relatives of the fire fighters and police officers that had died in the World Trade Center attack.