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.
Event TypeMarathon (42km)
Men: 8:45 a.m
Women: 8:45 a.m
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
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).