BMW Berlin Marathon


The BMW Berlin Marathon is one of the largest and most popular road races in the world. The event starts and finishes between Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column in Berlin. The race is one of the big-5 marathons which comprise the World Marathon Majors series, the others being London, New York, Boston and Chicago marathons. The Berlin Marathon’s loop course is flat and fast, with as many as seven world records being created in men and women marathons since the run started.

The first Berlin Marathon took place in October 1974 with 286 runners finishing it. In the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon, some 41,224 runners were cheered by more than 1 million spectators.

Start and Finish Times

In 2016, the race will start for runners at 9:15 near the Bradenburg Gate and has a time limit of 6 hours and 15 minutes.

More than a Running Event

Besides the traditional Marathon, the Berlin Marathon offers other unique marathons. Non-runners have the opportunity to participate in the Wheelchair/Handbiker Marathon, the Skater-marathon, or the Breakfast run. The Berlin Marathon 2008 Skater-Marathon is considered the largest inline skater marathon in the world and is the final venue of the Word Inline Cup.

Race Date
Sep 25, 2016
Race Location
Berlin, Germany
Event Type
Start Times

Men: 8:45 a.m
Women: 8:45 a.m

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Race Registration

You can register on the official website of BMW Berlin Marathon. The pre-registration starts on the 18th of October. You have time to register until the 2nd of November. All the winners of the raffle will be automatically notified. The participant registration fee is 98 Euros.

Course / Route Map

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON route is a very flat and fast loop course. The course starts and finishes next to one of the capital’s most famous landmarks – the Brandenburg Gate – and takes a route via many more notable spots such as the Reichstag and Berliner Dom.

The run is famous for its fast pavement and draws great numbers of top athletes and amateur runners each year. Numerous world best performances and world records have been set here in the past few years. The atmosphere in Berlin is world-class, as well. The runners are lifted by the musical support along the attractive city course – with about 60 bands putting on their own ‘music marathon’ – and are carried to the finish by countless spectators.  It is an unforgettable experience for every marathon fan!

Race Profile / Elevation Map

The course is very flat and ideal for setting personal bests. Due to the loop course it is easy to follow the race.

Time Limits & Cutoffs

Time limit: 6:15 hours

Course Records

Men: Kipsang, Wilson (KEN) – 2:03:23 (2013)
Women: Naoko Takahashi (JPN) – 2:19:46 (2001)

Prize Money & Awards

The race offers a $1 million prize purse to be split equally between the top male and female marathoners.

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

All participants will receive a medal at the finish line. Preliminary certificates will also be available in the finish area.

Water Stops & Refreshments

Six Aid Stations are located along the course at the 9 km, 15 km, 20 km, 25 km, 30 km, and 35.8 km marks. Each Aid Station offers water, sweet tea, and PowerBar Sports Drinks (lemon flavor). Bananas and apples will also be provided.

Expected Race Day Weather

The average temperature is 10°C with 71% humidity and partly cloudy.

Additional Race Info

In 2009, 40,923 participants registered for the marathon and there were 35,035 finishers, making Berlin the third largest marathon in the world after New York and London in terms of number of finishers. With expected one million spectators along the scenic loop course the race is covered live by n-tv (nationally), Eurosport (Germany and Europe resp. Asia) and Fuji TV (Japan).

17 thoughts on “BMW Berlin Marathon

Ross Klein

I would like to know what are the requirements for gaining an entry place to the 2013 Berlin marathon? In 2011 I ran Paris in 3:21:05 and this year I ran Boston in about 3:32 (you may know it was a bit warm). Are there requirements per age group allowing priority entry or is it 1st come 1st in?! Many thanks for your response.

Maria Thomas-Royer

Hi Ross,

You will be able to gain entry for the Berlin Marathon as it only requires that you finish within 6 hours, like the London Marathon. With your times you will be able to finish with ease whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery. It’s a fantastic marathon to run, the crowd are great, the route is a joy and the bands are uplifting. it’s a first come first serve entry so just make a note of the registration date and off you go. I’eve completed it three times and will probably still register again. Good Luck!!

Adam Ainger

I was just wondering how and when I can apply for the Berlin Marathon 2013?
I have already ran the London and Boston Marathon’s in the last two consecutive years and would truly love to make Berlin my next event.
Thank you

Ruth Ann Eberly

I am really looking forward to registering for the 2013 Berlin Marathon as soon as registration opens. I did not see the fee for the run. I know that I need to be patient and wait until everything is finalized but I like to plan ahead.

Ruth Ann

Elspeth Kirkpatrick

I have already registered to do the Berlin Marathon in Sept 30th 2012. At the time I didn’t order a finishers tshirt and know I would like one, is this possible?
With thanks



I consider participating Berlin marathon, that will take place ob 30/9 this year.

Most of the details are written clearly in Berlin marathon site.

I’ve two questions:
– What is the place , where the rewards (including the rewards for the categories) ceremony was done last year?

– I’ve heard that a breakfast for the marathon runners is done one day before the
event itself. Can I get some details/link about it?
The same about the pasta party

Thank you

Johnny Larsen

I will be staying in Gormannstrasse, and need to leave this address on Saturday September 24. It seems that Gormannstrasse is completely surrounded by the route of the marathon. Will there be any restriction driving out on September 24

Johnny Larsen



Maybe you have the date. However, folllowing my check, the 2012 Berlin
marathon will take place on suday 30/9.

Usually it is done in the beginning of the last week of September.

Your sincerely



Following my previous reply.

Usually, the Berlin matathon is done on sunday in the last week of September.
Now it is not very difficult to calculate the exact date.
For example in 2012, the “last” sunday in the last week of September will take
place on 30/9 – Therefore this is the marathon date.

Your sincerely

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