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An electric atmosphere, lightning-fast course and one of only six World Marathon Majors, the BMW Berlin Marathon is an iconic global event. London might steal the limelight in the UK, but if you’re thinking of taking on the ultimate distance, here are five reasons why the Berlin Marathon should be on every runner’s bucket list.
Who doesn’t want to set a PB? The marathon world-record has tumbled an astonishing 11 times in Berlin, including Eliud Kipchoge’s current best of 2:01:39. We can’t promise you’ll crack the two-hour barrier, but the Berlin Marathon’s flat and traffic-free course is engineered for a fast time. How’s that for German efficiency? It’s why so many elite runners use Berlin to target the notoriously tough qualifying time for the Boston Marathon.
Only six races on the planet can claim to be an Abbott World Marathon Major. Berlin sits alongside Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago, and New York. All are equal in value and synonymous with a contagious energy and storied history. Complete one and prepare to be bitten by the Abbott bug by embarking on a journey finish all six and enter the Hall of Fame. Why not tick this Marathon Major off your list first?
Known as the party capital of Europe, the techno scene isn’t the only thing that’s buzzing in Berlin. Hundreds of thousands of supporters gather at the roadside, cheering runners along an iconic course. Prepare to take in some of Europe’s most historic landmarks, from the Reichstag to the Brandenburg Gate that looms over mile 26. Uniquely, the entire route is within the city centre and the start and finish line are in close proximity. Sporting city breaks don’t get any better.
The BMW Berlin Marathon is accessible and offers unbeatable value. Forget a notoriously oversubscribed ballot; we can guarantee you a place on the start line in Berlin. It’s also significantly less expensive than entering the TCS New York Marathon or Tokyo and your performance won’t be compromised by a long flight or jetlag. Our packages don’t require you to run a qualifying time, making the race accessible to all.
From simplifying event logistics to finding the perfect accommodation, no one knows the Berlin Marathon better than we do. We have 45+ years’ experience sending runners to the world’s major marathons. Our community of likeminded competitors encourage each other before the race and celebrate together after – ideal if you’re running on your own or as part of a small group. Many of our customers create strong bonds during their trips and keep in touch after. So much of this is down to our passionate reps who are on hand throughout the event, creating lifelong memories for our runners.
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