With the support of the German Federation - DRIV - Mareike Thum and Felix Rijhnen will try to set the first World Skate recognized inline speed skating Hour Record on track.
On July 5th, the Geisingen Arena will host the event that will be live streamed on World Skate Tv. The Arena, that is quite well-known to inline skaters as it used to host many international competitions in the past years, will be the best stage for such a historical moment.
As we all know, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the whole sport world and for the first time since 1947 we won't celebrate any World Champion this year. So it came up with the idea of a kind of "competition" in which the athletes can run alone: the World Hour Record was the perfect answer to the athletes' need to keep on competing. We started working on the general rules and we have recently published the World Hour Record Event Criteria in the Speed Regulation section.
On July 5, Mareike and Felix will have the chance to set the first record ever.
JULY 5TH SCHEDULE
12:00 CEST TIME
Registration of all Participants due to Corona
12:30 CEST TIME
Sprinters Warm up
13:20 CEST TIME - LIVE STREAM ON www.worldskate.tv
13:30 Sprinters Show - Act I
13:45 Warm Up Mareike
14:00 CEST TIME - LIVE STREAM ON www.worldskate.tv
WORLD HOUR RECORD MAREIKE THUM
15:10 CEST TIME Sprinters Show-Act II
15:20 Warm Up Felix
15:30 CEST TIME - LIVE STREAM ON www.worldskate.tv
WORLD HOUR RECORD FELIX RIJHNEN
16:35 CEST TIME
Mareike Thum grew up in Darmstadt and started to skate in her early childhood. In 2001 she switched from figure skating to inline speed skating. In 2006 she achieved her first big international successes with four gold medals at the European Junior Championships in Martinsicuro, Italy. In the same year, Thum qualified for her first Junior World Championships in Anyang in South Korea and achieved a bronze medal with the German Junior Relay. In 2008 Mareike Thum won the gold medal in the elimination race at the Junior World Championships in Gijón, which up to this point was her greatest international success. Since 2009 she has been participating in the senior women category at World and European Championships. Already in her first year as a senior, she was able to win gold at the World Championship with the German relay team. At the same World Championships, she won her first individual medal (bronze) in the 10.000m Points race on the road, which she was able to repeat the year after. In 2013 she won silver at the World Games in Cali (Colombia) over 1000m on the track. As well the following years between 2014 and 2016 she showed a consistently good performance in the 1000m race with another two silver medals and one bronze medal. At the following World Games in 2017 in Wroclaw, Poland, Mareike Thum led the German team as flag bearer at the opening ceremony. She won bronze over 15,000m elimination on the track and over 20,000m on the road and was able to end successful championships celebrating her first gold medal at World Games in the 500m sprint on the road. As gold medallist, she was awarded the Silver Laurel Leaf by Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Her latest big success in 2018 and 2019 was winning and defending the World Champion title in the 1000m sprint race.
Born and raised in Darmstadt (Germany), Felix skates for his home town club, ERSG Darmstadt e.V., since 1995. His first international competition as part of the German National Team was 2004 at the European Junior Championships in Pamplona (Spain). In 2006 he raced his first Junior World Championships in Anyang (Korea) where he set a World Record over 10.000m (Road). After winning his first Senior World Championship medal in 2009 in Haining (China) he got promoted into the Powerslide World Team where he is a member ever since. In 2017 Rijhnen won his first World Championship title in Nanjing (China) during the first edition of the World Roller Games and defended the title in the 2018 World Championships in Heerde/Arnheim (Netherlands). In 2019 Rijhnen won four stages of the World-Inline-Cup which also secured him the overall title of the series.He was also the first German ever to win the Berlin-Marathon in 2019, the biggest Inline race of the world.