Ernst van Aaken

Ernst van Aaken ( born May 16, 1910 in Emmerich, † April 2, 1984 in Schwalmtal - Waldniel ) was a German sports medicine and treadmill.


The Waldnieler doctor went as a " running doctor" and inventor of the " Waldnieler endurance training " in the run history. As sports physicians, coaches and Active he campaigned vehemently for the long-distance running and the training of "pure stamina " with high mileage circumferences. Daily endurance for everyone, for women, the elderly and children, was his motto, along with a sensible nutrition. He fought to the mid-1960s, predominant interval training of the Freiburg School. He also promoted the then banned cross-country competition for children instead of the anaerobic medium haul runs.

As a pole vaulter, he scored on 21 July 1946 in Duisburg his personal best of 3.50 m.

He also founded the German Association Long Running doctors. As chairman and coach and founder of the 1953 small Lower Rhine sports club OSC Waldniel he won with his assets total of 15 German league titles and advisory function to runners in the top class, especially Harald Norpoth, the Tokyo Olympic silver medalist in the 5000m in 1964.

On September 16, 1967, he organized in Waldniel a marathon, in which he had secretly start two women. One of them, Anni Pede - Erdkamp, was third of the run and made it an unofficial world record on. Van Aaken is the most important pioneer of the marathon for women.

1968 was Ernst van Aaken the founders of the community of interests of older long-distance runner, which is the first senior sport organization carried out their own championships and was the lead in establishing the general elderly Athletics movement in Germany.

1972 van Aaken has been detected during an evening training run when crossing the road by a car. Both legs had to be amputated as a result of serious injury. Over the following years he wrote a series of books. The best known is programmed for 100 years of life. Van Aaken held countless lectures, also in the U.S. and Japan, and organized especially woman runs over the marathon route and 100 miles in his hometown Waldniel (after the territorial reform now Schwalmtal ). There he was made ​​an honorary citizen.

1976 Ernst van Aaken was awarded the Federal Cross of Merit. His practice led van Aaken continued until his death. He advised active runners and in particular heart attack and cancer patients in the follow- through therapeutic and running. The theories van Aakens about the importance of pure endurance run, which he developed through observation, however, evidence based only in the rarest of cases, have gradually materialized, the protection against cardiovascular diseases prevention in relation to diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, significant reducing the risk of cancer, especially breast and prostate cancer, reduction of depression and dementia risk, pronounced anti- inflammatory effect, reducing belly fat, braking effect of osteoporosis, anti-aging effect, improvement of lipid metabolism, etc.