Berlin’s annual goose race is no wild goose chase. The aim couldn’t be clearer – to burn Christmas calories!
Goose roast is the traditional December 25 dish for German families. And, as a moment on the lips is a lifetime on the hips, the best course of action is to get running. The race organiser even dressed as Santa Claus for the occasion!
“During Christmas, you eat a lot, Christmas cookies and so on,” said Marika Nehring, one of the around 280 people taking part. “So you need to do something to look after your figure.”
“After 5 kilometres, I feel great,” added fellow runner Bernd Hubner. “And after the goose roast, it is really relaxing and fun. I know just about everyone here.”
Some of the runners only meet up once a year at the 10 kilometre long festive runaround.
And their reward for getting to the end? A tasty treat which might not be so good for the waistline – sandwiches spread with goose fat!