The Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) is an annual athletics meet at the
Olympiastadion in Berlin, Germany that is one of the IAAF World Challenge
The History of ISTAF
ISTAF Berlin is one of the most popular athletic festivals in the world, and one of the most steeped in tradition. Since the very first ISTAF in Berlin, spectators have been treated to personal best performances and numerous records. First organized by Berlin's three preeminent athletics associations, the BSC, SCC, and the swimming club Poseidon, the meeting received its current name, when, on March 23rd 1937, the Berliner Sport-Club (BSC), the Deutsche Sport-Club (DSC, later renamed into OSC), and the Sport-Club Charlottenburg (SCC) joined in staging the ISTAF to avoid conflicting meeting dates.
Due to a considerable reconstruction works at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, which is the traditional location for ISTAF, the event took place at Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahnsportpark in 2002 and 2003. In 2004 the great final of the Golden League series became a triumphal return to its original location, that is now equipped with an unique blue track.
Kenenisa Bekele (2nd R) of Ethiopia crosses the finish line to win the men's 5,000m race at the ISTAF golden league athletics competition in Berlin, June 14, 2009. Behind Bekele are Vincent Kiprop Chepkok, Mica Kogo and Abraham Chebii (L-R) all of Kenya. ...more
Geographically embedded in the European Plains, Berlin is influenced by a temperate seasonal climate. Around one third of the city's territory is composed of forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes. Summers are warm with average high temperatures of 22–25 °C (72–77 °F) and lows of 12–14 °C (54–57 °F). Winters are cold with average high temperatures of 4 °C (39 °F) and lows of -2 to 0 °C (28 to 32 °F). Spring and autumn are generally chilly to mild. Berlin's built-up area creates a microclimate, with heat stored by the city's buildings. Temperatures can be 4 °C (7 °F) higher in the city than in the surrounding areas.