Berlin - Marathon (September 25, 2022)
Attention, sports fans! On September 25, the Berlin Marathon will take place again and half of Berlin will turn into a huge sports mile.
Berlin - The fastest marathon in the world
Did you know that the Berlin Marathon is also called 'the fastest marathon in the world'? Along with the marathon events in London, Boston, New York, Chicago and Tokyo, it belongs to the so-called 'World Marathon Majors'. Already 11 world records have been set at the Berlin Marathon. Currently, in the men's category, Eliud Kipchoge holds the record from 2018, where he finished the marathon in Berlin in 2:01:39h. The year after, Kenenisa Bekele missed a new record by just a few seconds (2:01:41h).
In the women's race, the current course record in Berlin is 2:18:11h by Gladys Cherono, also from 2018, but the women's world record has been held since 2019 by Brigid Kosgei, who completed the 42.195km course in 2:14:04h at the Chicago marathon.
Incidentally, the first edition of the marathon in Berlin took place in 1974, when it was called the "Berlin People's Marathon". Today, more than 45,000 runners from 150 nations compete in the so-called "BMW Berlin Marathon".
Timing and overview of the marathon route
If you are in Berlin this weekend, you should be prepared for extensive road closures, which will also be set up the whole week before. The start is at the Siegessäule and the finish at the Tiergarten behind the Brandenburg Gate.
On Saturday (September 24), the race will start with a shorter bambini race for children and the marathon for inline skaters. On Sunday, hand cyclists and wheelchair users will start at 8:50 a.m., followed by the runners at 9:15 a.m.