The BMW Berlin Marathon
Every September thousands of runners pound the streets of Berlin during the BMW Berlin Marathon. From world champions to running club members, and fun-runners in fancy dress, they all line up to compete in the challenge, cheered on by millions.
The marathon is a city-wide road race that usually takes place on the last weekend of September. It starts and finishes near the Brandenburg Gate, passing through the Mitte district. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin is located in this historic part of Berlin, making it a convenient option for spectators and runners alike.
Magic Marathon MomentsAlong with 7 other races including the Boston, Chicago, New York and London Marathons, it forms one of the World Marathon Majors. Known for its even surface, mild fall weather and encouraging spectators, it has had the most marathon world records, for both men and women, set on the course. With previous winners, such as Geoffrey Mutai, Haile Gebrselassie, and Naoko Takahashi have all broken world records here.
2016 Winners and Record BreakersIn total, 41 283 runners from 122 countries entered the 43rd edition of the race which took place on September 25, 2016. Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele won in an outstanding time of 2:03:03, beating Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang. Fellow Ethiopian, Aberu Kebede, won the women’s race in an equally impressive and world-class time of 2:20:45.
Regardless of whether you’re testing out your stamina or simply cheering from the side-lines, the race brings an amazing atmosphere to the city and gives you the chance to see some of Berlin's most famous landmarks. The 44th Berlin Marathon will take place on the September 24, 2017.