More than 40,000 fitness enthusiasts in running shorts and other colourful and innovative costumes will descend upon Berlin’s streets this weekend for the 43rd annual BMW Berlin Marathon. Runners, hand bikers, wheelchair participants and skaters from more than 100 countries will meet at the Brandenburg Gate for a variety of events across the weekend.
Kick off is Saturday 24th September at 11am with the children’s runs, followed by a mini marathon and inline skating marathon Saturday afternoon. The main event begins early Sunday morning the 25th September, with the marathon. Wheelchair competitors and hand bikers get a head start before 9 and then the runners shoot out of their own imagined starting blocks at 9.15 am.
The marathon attracts a mixture of amateur and professional runners and covers the usual 42+ kilometres. Participants have 6.15 hours to complete the route and Berlin comes in third behind Chicago and London with regard to speed of the overall event.
The route passes many of Berlin’s most famous attractions and there is entertainment, food and drinks and a general festival atmosphere along the route to keep spirits high and occupy the spectators. Speaking of which, there are various spots along the course where you can watch the action.
The start line is of course the place to be to send off the runners with loud cheers and fanfare, but this route map will also give you an idea of the course and where you might cross paths to feel a part of this great Berlin event.
For more information check out the BMW Berlin Marathon website.