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About the Event
What is the BMW Berlin Marathon?
The BMW Berlin Marathon takes its place (alongside London, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo and New York) as one of the top six largest and most renowned events that make up the Abbott World Marathon Majors.
It is one of the fastest and most popular marathons in the world, with countless marathon records (including the current world record of 2:01:39 set by Eliud Kipchoge) and personal best’s broken year on year since its inception in 1974, due to the flat, fast nature of the course. The event should be a top priority for anyone looking to run a marathon or their fastest marathon.
Starting and finishing at the city's famous Brandenburg Gate, the looped course also takes in sights such as the Reichstag, Berliner Dom and the Berlin Cathedral. Over 40,000 people take part in the annual marathon, with millions more lining the streets to support the runners. Along the route on the day of the marathon, around 60 bands play to create a unique race day atmosphere for runners and spectators alike.
The BMW Berlin Marathon takes place around September. You must be over 18 to run the marathon, there is however a mini marathon for children, which usually takes place the day before the main marathon.
Ensure you attend the Berlin Vital Expo before the race to collect your race number and visit the hundreds of exhibitors to find out all the latest information and news on fitness, nutrition and lifestyle products.
How to enter the BMW Berlin Marathon
Due to the large numbers of people who are interested in running the marathon every year, there is an entry drawing system in place if you want to enter the event. The ballot is a lottery drawn completely at random.
If you are unable to secure a place in the marathon through the initial online ballot, then you could also look into running the event on behalf of a charity.
There is a separate entry process for fast runners; these participants need to meet a number of specific requirements to qualify for a place. There is also the Jubilee-Club, which is open to individuals who have completed the event 10 times or more. These participants are not required to enter the ballot and will be sent a separate email with details on how to enter the marathon if they wish to do so. The marathon is also open to in-line skaters, wheelchair and hand bike competitors.
For more information and details on how to register for each of the categories, take a look at the registration page on the Berlin Marathon website.
Run Berlin for charity
Places are available for runners who want to complete the marathon on behalf of a charity. To find out which charities have places available in the Berlin Marathon, check out the charity listings page for more details.
Running for charity is an experience like no other. The charity will be with you every step of the way, offering support, advice, and encouragement all the way through your training and on the day of the race.
Even if you’ve already secured a place in the initial online registration, you can still raise money for charity by running the race. All you need to do is head over to the charity listings page, pick a charity, and contact them to find out how you can get involved.
Want to know more?
Visit the official BMW Berlin Marathon site for all the information, tips and advice you will need.