Binsfeld invites to annual German-American Friendship Run

BINSFELD, Germany -- Col. Tip Wight, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, competes against German and U.S runners during the 2009 German-American run in Binsfeld. The colonel placed at the top among male runners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff)

BINSFELD, Germany -- Col. Tip Wight, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, competes against German and U.S runners during the 2009 German-American run in Binsfeld. The colonel placed at the top among male runners. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff)

BINSFELD, Germany -- Col. Tip Wight, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, gives the starting signal for the 10 kilometer adults' run during the 2009 German-American run in Binsfeld. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff)

BINSFELD, Germany -- Col. Tip Wight, 52nd Fighter Wing commander, gives the starting signal for the 10 kilometer adults' run during the 2009 German-American run in Binsfeld. (U.S. Air Force photo/Iris Reiff)

Binsfeld-Spangdahlem -- The community of Binsfeld values the friendship it has with its American neighbors. Many friendships have developed across decades between the base and the community.

That's why members of the Binsfeld sports association developed the idea of hosting a sports event incorporating Germans and Americans, while showcasing a long-lasting friendship.
The seventh German-American Friendship Run will take place this year June 27. It's held annually around this time of the year in the summer.

"The run is just another opportunity for us to spend time with our American neighbors and value friendship," a sports club member stated.

The day's events start with a Bambini run for children up to age 6 at 9 a.m., a children's run for 7 to 14-year olds at 9:15 a.m., a 5k for adults at 9:30 a.m., a 5k Nordic-Walking march at 9:35 a.m. and a 10k run at 10 a.m. Award presentations will take place shortly after the last runners have passed the finish line and an analysis has been completed.

"We are very proud of the tradition that a wing representative always starts off a run with the starting signal," said Ewald Stuckart, an event organizer.

"Everyone is welcome to participate, especially family members and athletes who can spare the time," an organizer said.

Again this year the sports association promises participants a lot of fun and challenges as well as cash prizes for the winners.

A number of free T-Shirts will be given away for early registration. To register, email lauf-binsfeld@web.de or call 06575-610. For more information, visit www.sv-binsfeld.de or call 06575-610. Registrations are being accepted now through June 27. People can register until one hour prior to the run.

An awards ceremony will take place after the events. Beverages and food will be available to runners and observers.