Like many of you might have heard, on October 9th, 2020 the CDTM Charity Run –Beirut Edition– took place.
It all began as a random idea when we thought that it would be nice to have a real running competition again because all official events got cancelled due to Covid-19. Also, we had the idea, that it would be nice to combine this with helping others, so we converted it into a charity run. We started to plan a running race through Englischer Garten and when searching for co-organizers, we were overwhelmed by the abundance of CAs and students that wanted to participate.
Then, Michael Chromik came into play with the words “Why not trying a more audacious format – let’s do a relay race on to the top of the Zugspitze!” So, we joined forces and organized this charity run starting from the Center in Munich to the 2962 m high top of Germany’s biggest mountain. Our goal was to collect a multiple of 2962 € as donation for Nation Station Beirut, an organization that empowers Lebanese people to rebuild their city after the terrible blast in August 2020.
After a couple of months of intensive organization, we had more than 20 Centerlings signed up as runners, many CDTM Startups, VCs and private persons as donors and a perfectly planned running route.
In the evening of October 9th, we started from the Center in teams of 2-5 people. The run was along the regional railway line to allow arrival and departure of the relay teams. To bridge the time gap between 2 am and 5 am without any trains, Michael Chromik even ran a marathon through the night, which seems to be just a little shakeout for him.
Jaakko (Fall 15), Nico (Fall 17) and even a board professor, Andreas Butz, took on the challenge to run the last leg, 25 km through a snowstorm to the top of the Zugspitze. There we met all together and had some nice pizza and drinks as reward in the evening back in Munich.