Gaertner Detlef

Gaertner Detlef
  • Full Name: Gaertner Detlef
  • ID: 4316
  • Sex: Male
  • Country: Germany
  • Nationality: Germany
  • Birthdate: 1968-03-19
Mini CV
Born in Brasov, Romania, I moved to Germany as a child in 1981, moved to England as a student in 1989, started work in London, ran my first Marathon there, moved to Switzerland in 1999 where I have been living and running ever since. I competed in Biel 100K six times, PB 8:44, did the Grand Union Canal Race (145 Miles) in 2012 and 2013, the Liverpool to Leeds Canal Race (130 Miles) in 2014 and 2015 and the Baltic Non Stop race in 2014. In 2015 and 2016 I accomplished twice 207 km in a 24 hour race in Reichenbach, Germany and in Basel.
Race #BIB C/P Time
2017 67 Finish 33:06:10
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Described as the world's most grueling race, the Spartathlon runs over rough tracks and muddy paths (often it rains during the race), crosses vineyards and olive groves, climbs steep hillsides and, most challenging of all, takes the runners on the 1,200 meter ascent and descent of Mount Parthenio in the dead of night.
This is the mountain, covered with rocks and bushes, on which it is said Pheidippides met the god Pan.

Spartathlon is the event that brings this deed to attention today by drawing a legend out of the depths of history. The idea for its creation is belongs to John Foden, a British RAF Wing Commander. As a lover of Greece and student of ancient Greek history, Foden stopped his reading of Herodotus' narration regarding Pheidippides, puzzled and wondering if a modern man could cover the distance from Athens to Sparta, i.e. 250 kms, within 36 hours.

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