Berlin has so much to offer to its visitors, that they would never get tired of walking its streets and learning about such an important city. Running the Berlin Marathon is a pleasure for the senses and will become, without any doubt, an unforgettable experience for any runner that takes part in it.
Berlin Marathon – visiting the city from a totally different perspective
Although the course changes often, for the last few editions the departure is set underneath Victory Column, behind Brandenburg Gate. This column, built in 1864, is crowned by a golden statue of the goddess Niké, considered the representation of victory and justice. Therefore, starting the marathon on this exact spot, becomes something very symbolic for the runners.
Along the 42,195 metres of the marathon, we will run across the streets of Berlin, and therefore, the history of this city. The course, as it is set for 2016, will take us to places such as Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Cathedral, Alexander Platz, the Reichstag and Kaiser Wilhelm church, among many others. The finish line is currently set at Branderburg Gate, it was crossed for the first on 1990, after the reunification of Germany.
Not only you will be amazed by Berlin’s architecture and monuments, but you will feed the support of the Germans, who will be following the event and supporting all the competitors, creating a party atmosphere where also many music bands will give a note of colour to the race.
Berlin Marathon in numbers
The first Berlin Marathon took place in 1974, when Germany was still divided, and 244 people participated. 41 years later, in 2015, more than 36.000 runners crossed the finish line, and the organizers are expecting to receive even more runners this year.
Because of the fast and flat course, Berlin is the place to set world records in marathon. The world record has been broken 10 times, and it’s currently 02:02:57 hours, achieved by Dennis Kimetto, from Kenya, on 2014.
Along with New York, Boston, Chicago, Tokyo and London, the Berlin Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors, a competition where the first 5 athletes receive points (in a range of 25 for the first to 1 to the fifth), being the winners in both female and male category, those who get more points at the end of all the races.
Berlin Marathon is more than a marathon
Although the marathon is the main race, there are many other events on the same weekend as the Berlin Marathon, such as the Skate Marathon, that takes place since 1997.
Furthermore, there are also activities for the younger ones, such as the Bambini Run, for children between 0 and 10 years, where they run a course of 500 or 1000 metres. The mini Marathon is only for those over 10 years old, where they will run a distance of 4,2195.
Are you going to participate?
This year 2016, the event will be held on the weekend of the 24th and 25th of September. In order to register, we would like to better recommend you to check their website here. At Safesport ID we believe that anybody that participates in this race should have an identity bracelet. If you have already registered in this year’s event, send us an email on firstname.lastname@example.org, so that we can give you a 50% discount in your order.