By Karl Weisel (USAG Wiesbaden)September 11, 2013
WIESBADEN, Germany - It wasn't the nicest weekend for a run in the park, but 100s of U.S. military community members joined their host nation neighbors for the annual 25-Hour Kurpark Run Sept. 7-8.
The annual event, hosted by the Wiesbaden Sports Promotion Organization, saw six American teams among the more than 70 different groups fielding between 10 and 25 runners each (depending on whether entering as a "competitive" team or a "fun" team) helping raise money for youth sports programs.
As in past years, American Chris Wolfe of the 102nd Signal Battalion was one of two runners to complete the entire 25 hours as a solo entry. Wolfe ended the event with 122 laps -- each lap around the park being just under a kilometer. His only challenger -- Beat Braendle -- finished with 166 laps.
This year saw a variety of sponsors contributing to the entry fee to allow runners to participate. Sponsors Auto Hollmann and the Hochheimer Hof provided T-shirts, tents and water for five of the U.S. teams.
The community's only "competitive" team -- the Road Hazards from the Wiesbaden Health Clinic -- once again ended the 25 hours in good standing. The Road Hazards finished 11th out of the 21 10-person teams -- racking up 364 laps in the process.
To view the team and individual results, visit the WISPO home page at www.chipaktiv.de/xtras/wispo.