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73-year-old joins 300 in ultramarathon tracing Berlin Wall, 25 years after it was torn down

Published on Aug 16, 2014 7:42 PM
 
Runners pass the former Berlin Wall during the "100 Meilen Berlin 2014" marathon event in Berlin on Aug 16, 2014. Around 300 runners left the starting gate Saturday for an ultramarathon tracing the route of the Berlin Wall, marking 25 years since the Cold War symbol was torn down. -- PHOTO: AFP

BERLIN (AFP) - Around 300 runners left the starting gate Saturday for an ultramarathon tracing the route of the Berlin Wall, marking 25 years since the Cold War symbol was torn down.

The event blending extreme sport - the route is some 160 kilometres (100 miles) long - and historic pilgrimage has drawn participants from around the world.

The runners took off at 6.00am (local time) for the third edition of the "100MeilenBerlin" (100MilesBerlin) in Prenzlauer Berg, which since Germany's 1990 reunification has been transformed from an East Berlin working-class district into a fashionable neighbourhood.

They will pass through a rotunda near the famous border crossing Checkpoint Charlie, which currently houses a large panorama installation by artist Yadegar Asisi depicting daily life along the Wall in the 1980s.

 
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