43rd BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on 25 September 2016

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Pacemakers to guide you through the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2002

The best strategy for success in a marathon is „even Steven“.


The best strategy for success in a marathon is „even Steven“. The pace should be constant through the whole race, so that negative splits are avoided. At least, this is true for reasonably flat courses, since the ups and downs of some others may neither allow nor recommend an even pace. Berlin, though, will pose no problem whatsoever in this department: Our course is flat as a pan.

Still, the marathon organisers from SCC-RUNNING, given the positive experience from previous years, offer an extra service for all those who may want a little help in their quest for a new personal best. This popular pacing service has become well-known under the term “Zug- und Bremsläufer”. You can easily spot these selected pacemakers in the start area on “Straße des 17. Juni“ by their eye-catching bib, T-shirt and large, coloured balloons. Their job is to guide you through a one-hundred percent even-paced marathon, mile by mile, although wind conditions may account for small variations over some passages. In principle, however, the pacers will strictly adhere to their time schedule.

We will provide pacemakers for the following finish times: Sub-3 hours (2:59:59 pace), sub-3:15 (3:14:59), sub-3:30 (3:29:59), sub-4 hours (3:59:59) and sub-5 hours (4:59:59). The scheduled finish time will be displayed on the balloons to be taken along by each pacemaker until the 10k mark, at least.

There is no need to specially register in advance, if you wish to join one of the paced packs – just find your place near the pacemaker for your sought finish time in the respective section of the starting line-up.

John Kunkeler
Organising staff,

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