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Nov 2014

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and TAG Heuer initiate partnership

TAG Heuer is the new official timing partner for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. The manufacturer of Avant-Garde watches and chronographs, located in La Chaux-des-Fonds, Switzerland, has previously been most active as a sponsor of motor racing, but is now expanding its activities to partner with long-distance races, as well. TAG Heuer is also the timing partner for the TCS New York City Marathon and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

Oct 2014
Sep 2014

Dennis Kimetto makes marathon history on the streets of Berlin while Tirfi Tsegaye’s patience is rewarded with women’s world lead at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Dennis Kimetto won the 41st BMW BERLIN-MARATHON with a world record of 2:02:57, clocking the first ever sub 2:03 time in a marathon. Kimetto improved the world record set by his fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang from last year’s BMW BERLIN-MARATHON by 26 seconds. Second-placed Kenyan Emmanuel Mutai clocked 2:03:13 and was also inside the former world record. Ethiopia’s Abera Kuma took third in 2:05:56.

MY JOURNEY - Party at “Wilder Eber”

The roundabout “Wilder Eber” is a classic spot on the course of BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. Many runners look especially forward to this highlight. The atmosphere here is always loud and fun with many spectators. The SCC cheerleader group, which is led by Nathalie Krause, plays important part in creating this party feeling.

MY JOURNEY - Finishing area is arising

While the skaters and runners still wait for their races on Saturday and Sunday, the contest against time already started in the start-finish area: Within few days the BMW BERLIN -MARATHON-Team builts up the start and finishing area. The most exciting area of ​​42.195 km is arising ...

MY JOURNEY - Samba against hitting the wall

Thomas Kraberg’s “Alegria do Samba” is one of dozens of bands that year after year help make the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON a true street festival. At no other marathon in the world are there as many diverse musical styles to be heard.

MY JOURNEY - Keep on drumming till the bus goes by

To be exact, Katrin Bruck’s journey to the marathon began with the Team Relay in 2007. When a few of her colleagues announced that they would be participating in the 5x5 km relay, she decided to cheer them on with the drumming group “Wasabi Daiko” that she had founded a year earlier.

MY JOURNEY - Running for Little Heroes

When her husband unexpectedly walked out the door leaving her alone with three small children, running saved Anni’s life – or so she believes. Now, one and a half years and 3.000 kilometers later, the 35-year-old is doing ok. “I don’t have to run to stay sane anymore,” she laughs. “I guess I ran it all out of my system.”

MY JOURNEY - "The Keeper of the Course"

The man in charge of the course layout, Michael Feistkorn, knows the course of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON like the back of his hand. He is constantly underway between the start and finish, especially in the weeks before the race. His journey requires attention to detail, and he closely examines every single kilometre.

MY JOURNEY - Between kitchen and running trails

Michael Kempf, from Sigmaringen, is a renowned chef at FACIL, a restaurant in the Mandala Hotel at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin. He has already been honoured with two Michelin stars and was recently crowned “Chef of the Year” in 2014. The 37-year-old is a perfectionist and passionate about his cooking.

When Michael Kempf arrived in Berlin six years ago, he was quickly infected with the city’s running fever. He runs about 120 kilometres every week and is currently preparing for his fourth BMW...

Power songs from the second story

His address on Hauptstrasse is well-known among the hard core BMW MARATHON fans: just past Innsbrucker Platz, rock music streams out from the second story balcony. For almost twenty years, musician Sebastian Faust has been providing his own special motivation here.

MY JOURNEY - The longest day of the year

One cannot really say when Mark Milde’s “Journey” really began. Through his family, the concept of “marathon” was undoubtedly part of his vocabulary earlier than for most kids. For the past ten years he has been the race director.

 

 

MY JOURNEY - Help, my husband runs

Irene (28) from Zürich will be accompanying her husband Pascal (31) when he heads to the BMW BERLIN MARATHON. But that is not all. She even has a blog about this experience: “Help, my husband runs”.

MY JOURNEY - The Königs have given each other marathon fever

It all began a little over four years ago. Father Dieter (now 55) had to keep himself fit for his work. As a policeman, he regularly ran 5K, and he inspired his son, Tomm, now 26, to add running to his fitness regime that already included going to the gym ...

MY JOURNEY: from a volunteer to a runner to a marathon runner

Sven (40) explains what special circumstances led him to the marathon:

 

My BERLIN-MARATHON story began many, many years ago. Back then, Horst Milde was Race Director, and his son Mark was still in high school, as was the current technical director, Carsten Humrich.

MY JOURNEY - it was her birthday present

Julia is preparing for her first BMW BERLIN MARATHON in her life. How she came to the idea of participating a marathon, shows our first countdown video portrait …

Aug 2014

MY JOURNEY – marathon fever at the roadside

The BMW BERLIN MARATHON is clearly highlighted in red on the calendar of Jürgen Tschötschel and his wife. “For us, this is one of the highlights of the year.” The two retirees get up at the same time as the runners and start to prepare. “When the starting shot is fired at 8:45 am, we turn on our TV so we can watch the race live and see how fast the first runners take off.”

MY JOURNEY: "now inline skating, next time running"

As a woman in the German military, Janine Mälzer had to be tough in the beginning. She found that sport was the best way to get fit and strong. “Back when I was stationed near Wilmershaven, I recall not being able to jog the 500 metres to the gym.” So the woman from Berlin knew she had to change something.

MY JOURNEY – last test on the journey

For many runners it was the last test on the journey to the BMW BERLIN MARATHON in September: the 6th “Stadtlauf Berlin von SportScheck und BMW”.

How it went and how they enjoyed, you can see in our event film …

 

MY JOURNEY - "This is our moment."

Being a volunteer at the BERLIN-MARATHON can mean a lot of different things, since there is so many different types of them – Laura Katz tells us about, how she manages being highly motivated on an early Sunday morning and why handing out medals is rewarding even for herself.

 

MY JOURNEY – \"Why not simply reach for the stars?”

Running is, of course, important. But just how important it is to simply be able to breathe in and out is something that Carina Heinrichs learned as sports suddenly became something far out of reach for her. Three years ago, the 28-year-old was brought to the hospital when she was having a hard time breathing. The diagnosis: Bronchitis-induced asthma. “I was not able to lie, or stand, without pain; only sitting on my bed was bearable.”

MY JOURNEY – “I want to be able to do that, too.”

Kathrin Gartner begins to drift off as she tells us about this family experience. “I and all of the spectators near me were so filled with amazement at every runner who passed by! The atmosphere was magical."

Last Chance: Limited starting spots fur runners now available to participate in the 41st BMW BERLIN MARATHON 2014

Well-trained athletes now have a chance to secure one of the last charity spots to participate in this year’s BMW BERLIN MARATHON, as we have received all remaining starting spots from our tour operators, partners and sponsors. We are delighted to be able to offer these spots directly to our runners who have been holding out on a chance to participate.

The participation fee is 158 euros, of which 60 euros is being donated to a charity project of the German Heart Centre (Deutsches Herzzentrum)....

Jan 2014

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