- Title: Berlin runners start the new year on the right foot
- Date: 1st January 2020
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (JANUARY 1, 2020) (REUTERS) RUNNERS WAVING AT STARTING LINE RUN TAKING OFF FROM BRANDENBURG GATE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RUNNING MEN RUNNING WITH BABIES IN TROLLEYS VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RUNNING RUNNERS ESCORTED BY POLICE RUNNING BACK TO BRANDENBURG GATE VARIOUS OF PEOPLE RUNNING RUNNERS ARRIVING AT BRANDENBURG GATE QUADRIGA ON TOP OF BRANDENBURG GATE COUPLE TAKING "SELFIE" WITH NEW YEAR DAY RUN MASCOT (SOUNDBITE) (German) RUNNER, KAI GOERS, SAYING: "For many runners it brings good luck, so you will be lucky and you will enter 2020 properly if you run the New Year's Day run. It is tradition and there is a bit of a superstition among the runners as well." (SOUNDBITE) (German) RUNNER, CHRISTIAN POLIT, SAYING: "For the New Year's Day run you start running and you have a goal. And that can be taken to a personal level. I haven't made any resolutions. I would like to lose five kilos but I think that is something we all want. But whether we make it or not, I don't know!" (SOUNDBITE) (German) RUNNER, RONALD BUNKE, SAYING: "The first day you usually laze around at home, but when you come here at noon and walk for about an hour - because it is not a real sport's performance or anything of that kind - then you go back home and in the evening you think 'this was a nice way of starting the year, from here it can only get better. I recommend everyone, come and join!" (SOUNDBITE) (German) RUNNER, PETRA ELTEN, SAYING: "I don't have New Year resolutions. When you want something, you should do it during the year, so you don't really need resolutions. But I wish to stay healthy, have fun, enjoy life and do something good, a donation, like today." BANNER READING (German) "2020, 49 NEW YEAR'S DAY RUN" VARIOUS OF RUNNERS HUGGING CAKES ON A STALL MAN GETTING A CAKE MAN EATING CAKE FAMILY TAKING "SELFIE" WITH RUN MASCOT BANNER READING (German): "BERLIN NEW YEAR'S DAY RUN"
- Embargoed: 15th January 2020 13:16
- Keywords: Berlin New Year race run
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- City: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Living / Lifestyle,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001BUCD0LJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:After celebrating the start of 2019, thousands of people gathered in central Berlin on Wednesday (January 1) to welcome the New Year on a healthy note by taking part in the annual New Year's Day run.
The 49th edition of the event began at the landmark Brandenburg Gate and continued down the famous boulevard Unter den Linden to the city's cathedral and back again.
Many people traded in the traditional New Year's Day hangover by getting into the spirit of their fitness resolutions, wearing masks, costumes and bright vibrant colours.
The route is an easy six kilometres, welcoming families with children to the event.
(Production: Leon Malherbe, Susanne Neumeyer and Elena Gyldenkerne)
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