Despite the bad weather forecast for the rest of the day, 32 runners and around 20 fans set off from our Cologne office last Thursday. Our destination: the B2Run 2018, which we wanted to take part in – either running or cheering.
At 5:30 pm, we ‘Nerds with Attitude’ started the 5.5 km long course around the Rheinenergiestadion (Cologne football stadium), Adenauer Weiher and Jahnwiese. Being part of the largest Avenga B2Run team of all times, was so exciting that my pulse was already racing a little just waiting for the start signal to go off. And already the first kilometer of the course had a surprise for us because the ground was marked with n-w-a.io (Nerds with Attitude) signs.
The highlight of the track was our fan curve located just before the entrance to the Rheinenergiestadion! With a megaphone, noisemakers and loud-voiced colleagues, we, the racing nerds, were vocally motivated to hold out, especially, for the last 300 meters to the finish. Even Super Mario and Luigi were mingling among the fans supplying the runners with bananas and energy for the finish.
Thanks to my colleagues’ super motivation, I managed to beat my own time from the B2Run 2017, and crossed the finishing line after a good 27 minutes – well, I had also done a bit of training beforehand 😉. Anyway, after this run I am now highly motivated to train for the next race and to lower my personal best by a few more seconds!
After the work of running, of course, it was time for pleasure. And so, straight after the B2Run, we headed for the super beach bar and beach volleyball court “Playa in Cologne” to celebrate our summer party in the company of all the Cologne Avengas.
For those who hadn’t powered themselves out enough yet, they could make up for it with beach volleyball, table tennis and table soccer. For all the others, the bar and the buffet were waiting for us to create our own delicious burgers. Despite the bad forecast, the weather was at its best, and so we celebrated on the playa’s terrace until late into the night. After all, what could be better than to end the summer in the company of nice people and feel the sand under our feet?