Pushing yourself to the limit without competitors - that is infinitely difficult. Nick Jäger from TSV Penzberg practically pulverized his 10-kilometer record in a solo run as part of a virtual race.
Penzberg - digitization and sporting activity - that doesn't have to be mutually exclusive. In corona times, running competitions are prohibited, but so-called virtual races are very popular. The athletes compete on their running routes at home, the results are reported to a central point via GPS clock and can thus be summarized in a result list. At such an event, Nick Jäger caused a bang at the weekend.
The 20-year-old from TSV Penzberg, who is a member of the DLV national team, has set a personal best in the 10-kilometer road race. Jäger's GPS watch had 30:46 minutes. "I didn't expect it to be that fast," was his comment. He beat his previous record by a whopping 104 seconds. The Penzberger took part in the "Virtual run2gether Challenge". He started as a solo runner. “My friend Laura accompanied me on the bike. As a course, I had chosen a flat, paved route near where I live in Ingolstadt, ”the student reported. Knowing that he was in good shape, he had planned to attack his 10-kilometer best time of 32:30 minutes.
Nick Jäger in the "shape of his life"
That's why he started his race very aggressively and covered the first kilometer in 2:57 minutes. This corresponds to a speed of 20.3 km / h. "I didn't really want to start that quickly," Jäger later said. Encouraged by the passage time, he now no longer let go. Even the onset of rain and the oncoming headwind no longer stopped him, so that he kept up this high pace almost to the end. This time was an important point of reference for hunters, after all he had traveled to South Africa directly after the German cross-country championship at the beginning of March - there he had won silver in the U-23 class. He had to end this early after ten days due to the corona turmoil. In addition, the traditional TSV Penzberg training camp had to be canceled at Easter in Italy. Despite everything, Jäger is "in the shape of his life at the moment", says TSV trainer Markus Brennauer.
Nick Jäger best European in the race
With his time, Nick Jäger finished eighth in the overall field among more than 150 men. Only Kenyan athletes were placed in front of him. The top time was done by Dickson Simba Nyakundi (29:10). The second best European was the Swiss Buolf Näff (32:23). Kenya's Teresiah Kwamboka Omosa (33:28) was the fastest woman. Nick Jäger's older brother Tom, who completed his 10-kilometer run at the "Virtual run2gether Challenge" in Ulm and Neu-Ulm, has also been in very good shape in recent days. However, the TSV athlete stayed on the flat route along the Danube with 34:13 minutes more than two minutes above his best time. The reason for this: side stitching.
Tom Jäger plagued by side stitches
The Jäger brothers will continue the "Virtual run2gether Challenge" at least in part. The program also includes the 5 kilometers (May 15/16), a 60-minute run (May 29/30) and another 10 kilometers (June 12/13). The series is organized by the Austrian association "run2gether" based in Graz. It was founded in 2009 and offers running camps for German and Austrian runners in Kenya and at the same time supports Kenyan athletes financially.
The Jäger brothers went to the training camp in Kenya with "run2gether" at the turn of the year. The virtual running series supports the initiative of the association. “Since the Kenyan athletes cannot make any money at the moment, the club tries to make some money in this way,” explains father Stephan Jäger. Participation in the run is five euros. With this donation, the association (www.run2gether.com) wants to secure the livelihood of the Kenyan runners during this time.
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