We Keep Science Running – Merck Corporate Run in Darmstadt

After a seemingly endless break of almost two years due to the pandemic, the Merck corporate run in Darmstadt took place again this year. To us, it was no question that we would definitely take on the challenge and participate in this event again. So we worked out an appropriate outfit to create a uniform look, and some of us may also have done some training in preparation of the run...
A total of 4715 running enthusiasts turned up to participate. Everyone could choose their running distance between 3.33, 6.66 or 9.99 km, circling the Darmstadt "Messplatz" square. Despite the great heat, all of our 20 runners, distributed over all starting groups, were lucky enough to reach the finish line. Indeed, it was a super hot day, with the heat coming from just everywhere, emanating from the asphalt and creeping up towards the brave runners. Of course, the organizer was prepared. All along the way, abundant drinks were provided and the local fire department even refreshed us with a cooling shower from above.
Having passed the finish line, a warm welcome awaited us and we were treated to plenty of food and drink. The approaching thunderstorm did not keep us from having fun at the party. What a pity that eventually, we had to leave early due to lack of shelter against the rain.
Overall, it was a successful event that strengthened the team spirit. We are happy to have been a part of it!


Simone Heck
Simone Heck


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