Winfried Aufenanger


October 17, 2021

Winfried "Aufi" Aufenanger (born January 4, 1947 in Kassel; † October 10, 2021 there) was a German voluntary association trainer for the marathon runners of the German Athletics Association (DLV) for twenty years until 2001.


As a police officer, Aufenanger was in charge of the 3rd police station in Kassel Nord and later the 2nd police station in Vellmar. He is a co-founder of the Kassel City Run and initiated the Kassel Marathon, which first took place on June 10, 2007. After the Askina sports festival, he was the organizer of the revived sports meeting of PSV Grün-Weiß Kassel in 2013. Until 2018, Aufenanger trained the athletics department of PSV Grün-Weiß Kassel, of which he was one of the founding members in 1977. The athletes he mentored over the years included Ralf Salzmann, Silke Optekamp, ​​Simret Restle, Anna Hahner, Lisa Hahner, Julian Flügel, Jens Nerkamp, ​​Ybekal Daniel Berye, Thordis Arnold and Melat Yisak Kejeta. At the end of 2018, the 71-year-old left PSV Grün-Weiß Kassel and founded his own club, the running team Kassel. Along with around 40 other athletes, Nerkamp and Kejeta joined him. He was married and the father of CDU politician Michael Aufenanger. He was also the grandfather of three granddaughters. He lived in Ahnatal-Weimar. Winfried Aufenanger was awarded the Cross of Merit 1st Class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2021.

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