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43rd BMW Berlin Marathon

More than 40,000 runners will participate, as well as over a million spectators cheering on every step of the runner's way

September 19th, 2016
Dimitra Giannou, Berlin Global
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The Berlin Marathon is one of the largest and most popular running events in the world. The event was first organized by a group runners of the most prestigious German athletic clubs, SC Charlottenburg back in the 1974.
 

More than 40,000 athletes from about 120 countries take part at this major road race, encouraged by a million spectators, as well as dance groups and live bands.

The distance is 42.195 (kilometers), set up as a city-wide road race. Professional athletes and amateur runners participate along. There are also separate races for wheelchair users, handbikers, inline skaters and children. Some of these manifestations take place on 24th of September, a day before the main marathon.

The race starts and finishes near the Brandenburg Gate, after leaving the Brandenburg Gate it passes Charlottenburg, around Tiergarten, along Moabit and Mitte, south to Friedrichshain then between Kreuzberg and Neukölln, through Schöneberg, over to Friedenau and Zehlendorf and finally returns and finishes at the Gate.

Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekekele are set to join the field on the 25th September 2016. Wilson Kipsang of Kenya broke the world record in 2003 with a time of 2.03.23.

Being a part of the Berlin Marathon is not only the running race with some of the fastest and most famous runners in the world, but also the strength and the courage of achieving goals. The atmosphere during the marathon is amazing and the experience that people gain in these events is unforgettable and you shouldn’t miss an event like this.

The Berlin Marathon starts and finishes at "Straße des 17. Juni" between Brandenburg Gate and Kleiner Stern. A map of the route is pictured on the Berlin Marathon Website.

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