Last weekend was the annual Regensburg Spindellauf, a yearly run in the DEZ (Donau-Einkaufszentrum,) a big shopping center a short distance away. The run is partly inside this multi-level shopping mall, but a part of it goes out to the spiral ramp on the corner of the parking garage, hence the name Spindellauf. (For those who don’t speak German, Spindel is exactly what it sounds like, and lauf is “run.”)
The reason I was there was that Robert (usually mentioned in conjunction with Jenny) fufills a regular function as the Spindelhase. Hase is German for rabbit or hare. In the Spindellauf, he acts much like a pace car in automobile racing. He leads the first lap, then leaves the course.
Before the race, he was introduced so that everyone else could see who he was. He’s wearing a bright yellow shirt with a racing hare on the back, rabbit ears, and – most amusingly – a sequined pink bowtie. That’s just how Robert rolls.
During the race, there are food and drink tables and two separate stages for bands to rock out- this is a festive event that draws a pretty huge crowd.
I didn’t bring my good camera to this event, so my race-time pictures aren’t very good. This is Robert leading the first lap:
Although you can’t really see it from my pictures, there were a great many runners in this event.
For contrast, this is what it looks like if you’re the official Spindellauf photographer with a proper camera- this next picture is from the 2013 race, but you get the idea.
Some of the runners were doing teams, and passing a baton. These are runners waiting for their teammate to reach this point to hand off the baton.
…and when the baton reaches them, they take off.
Have you ever attended a marathon or running event in your town?