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Thousands of people in Berlin greeted 2012 in an energetic fashion, taking part in the traditional New Year's Day run, around the center of the city. Here's more.
Thousands of people braved the dreary weather in Berlin on Sunday (January 1) to mark the beginning of 2012 with a traditional New Year's Day run.
The organizers say more than 3,000 people took part in the event, taking runners on a 4-kilometer circuit from the city's Landmark Brandenburg Gate, down the famous Unter den Linden boulevard, on to the Berlin cathedral and back.
People of all ages participated in the 41st Berlin New Year Run—some even brought their toddlers in prams and dogs on leads.
Despite the New Year festivities, runner, Nick Rote, said he was up and moving in time to take part in the run.
[Nick Rote, Runner]:
"I didn't party for too long. I was in bed by 4(am) and got up at 09:30. It's raining a bit which isn't great but we'll see; we will run anyway."
Others felt it was a great way to start 2012.
[Antje Goern, Runner]:
"Great to run a bit, to have fun, and to welcome in the New Year with a bit of sport."
Crowds of supporters cheered the runners over the finishing line, rewarding them with a certificate and a hot sweet tea—weather conditions of five degrees and a light drizzle did not seem to dampen anyone's enthusiasm.
Just 12 hours earlier, hundreds-of-thousands of people had been partying into the New Year, at the official Berlin Street Party, which takes place every year at the Brandenburg Gate.