Current situation of long distance runner
We are already for a couple of years in the runners scene, have competed for the German National team and are as many German marathon runners, and nevertheless we are independent from the Federation. This independence is not always chosen on purpose but a simple urgent necessity. The financial promotion of the long distance running in Germany is reduced to its minimum, minimalist financial promotion for minimalist presence at the first places at championships.
Instead of creating a concept to change this, the German federation consider the long distance running and especially the road running matter closed. “Independent to the marathon of the EC” was the topic of an interview with laufen.de with the German EC participant Philipp Pflieger last week. This topic would have fit to the complete German male marathon team. It is no secret in the running scene that the wants of the Federation are bigger than the gives.
As an athlete there are moments you feel powerless and at the same time everyone can do something. We decided to get in charge instead of moaning about the current situation. Our goal is, to push running in general and support young German runners in their running career. Millions of Germans are running, it’s the biggest sport in our country and therefore a great basis for great results, at least this is what it should be. But there is a huge gap between theory and reality that has to be filled with many hours of training, talent, the will for success and some luck.
The Laufteam Deutschland helps especially with the last points. It is supported by the Laufszene Events form Dresden, that are organizing 13 running events and other athletes as Anja Scherl (Olympian Rio Marathon 2016), Annett Horna (former 800m runner), Patrick Spinner (former decathlete) and Thomas Dold (7times winner Empire State Building run-up) with the goal to have more German runners at international championships in future. No doubt this is not an easy goal and also not possible to achieve within one or two years.