45th BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on 16 September 2018

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real,- BERLIN-MARATHON among the Big Five

Cooperation between the most spectacular races at the classic distance


Race Directors of the Big Five: Mark Milde (Berlin), Guy Morse (Boston), Mary Wittenberg (New York City), Carey Pinkowski (Chicago) and David Bedford (London/from left to right).
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The most important city marathon races have merged to the Big Five. This was announced by the race directors during the World Championships in athletics in Helsinki. Represented among this ‘Golden League’ of the marathon is the real ,- BERLIN-MARATHON, which will take place on September 25th with a total of 40.000 runners. Among them will be the Olympic Champion Mizuko Noguchi.

The BAA Boston Marathon, LaSalle Chicago Marathon , ING New York City Marathon and Flora London Marathon are also included to the Big Five besides Berlin. Boston and London are run in April, Berlin in September, Chicago in October and New York in November. In Helsinki all five race directors were present: Guy Morse (Boston), David Bedford (London), Mary Wittenberg (New York), Carey Pinkowski (Chicago) und Mark Milde (Berlin).

“We are at the beginning of our planning"

The regulations are not fixed yet. “We are at the beginning of our planning. But we have brought together the five most successful marathon races. We are competitive and proud events and we will make something of this together”, said Mary Wittenberg, the race director of New York.

„We intend to create something like the Major series in golf or the Grand Slam in tennis. We want to make the marathon more attractive for the public. We intend to reach more media interest through the whole year”, Berlin’s race director Mark Milde said.

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