In the night from November 9 to November 10, 1989, the lives of Germans, especially Berliners, were to change forever. The wall that had divided the city for so long fell, and the emotional images that went around the world, especially from the Brandenburg Gate, are still famous today. For the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON this date also represents something very special.
Some days ago Eliud Kipchoge was the first person to run the marathon distance under two hours. On the same weekend, Brigid Kosgei set a new marathon world record for the ladies. Marathon rules! Running is more popular than ever—especially the 42.195k race. If you would like to experience this very special athletic feeling, be a part of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON next year!
Günter Halla was the very first finisher of the BERLIN-MARATHON on October 13, 1974. Ali Crandall from Canada (Toronto) was the millionth finisher with a time of 3:55:16 hours at the 46th BMW BERLIN MARATHON on September 29, 2019 at 14:07:33.
Manuela Schär and Marcel Hug made it a Swiss double in winning the wheelchair titles in the 46th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON while the Handbiker competition was dominated by Jennette Jansen and her fellow Dutch racer Jetze Plat.
Kenenisa Bekele produced a sensational comeback win in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, missing the world record by just two seconds with 2:01:41. The 37 year-old Ethiopian became the second fastest runner of all time, producing a world lead and a national record in a phenomenal performance. Back in 2016 Kenenisa Bekele had missed the world record by six seconds when he clocked 2:03:03 in his first Berlin triumph, this time he missed the mark of Eliud Kipchoge, who ran 2:01:39 here in 2018, by two...
A super fast and exciting men’s race is in prospect at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday. In Year One of Marathon history after Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya’s fabulous world record of 2:01:39 here in 2018, an attack on the world record has not been a subject for discussion. That isn’t to say that the fastest time in the world this year, Kipchoge’s 2:02:37 in London in April, might not come under threat.
Gladys Cherono is keen to write another chapter of history on Sunday in Germany’s biggest and most spectacular Road Race. A year ago the Kenyan broke the course record in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON which had stood for 13 years and a fourth triumph here would give her more wins than any other female runner.
Ethiopia’s superstar Kenenisa Bekele and Kenya’s triple BMW BERLIN-MARATHON champion Gladys Cherono are very much in the focus at the 46th edition of the Germany’s biggest and best quality road running spectacle. Next Sunday Kenenisa Bekele intends to bounce back once again at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, a race he won in thrilling fashion three years ago with a personal best of 2:03:03.
On September 29, the elite of the marathon world will be at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. With the Ethiopian world class runners Guye Adola, Leul Gebrselassie, Sisay Lemma and Birhanu Legese, the men's race is strongly loaded. And now another top athlete has committed.
The elite field for the wheelchair race is being finalized. The women and men competing in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON are the best in the world. Manuela Schär will again participate in the women’s race. The most successful female Swiss wheelchair athlete has already crossed the finish line four times in Berlin. Last year's winner, the Canadian Brent Lakatos (1:29:41 hours), and the second placed Marcel Hug (SUI) will come back to Berlin.
On September 29, the elite of the marathon world will be at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. But the top German field also holds some aces up its sleeve that hope to trump the competition on the streets of the capital. And these streets are not foreign to them.
As Anna Hahner explained: “I will be standing at the starting line of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the fifth time, and I've never had the feeling that it's my home race as much as I do this year. This year I started running for the SCC EVENTS PRO...
“We expect a men’s race with top performances. There’s not much likelihood of a world record attempt but the times are likely to be very fast. In addition, the battle for victory could be a thrilling one that may well last until the final few kilometres,” said the race director Mark Milde, who is still recruiting more top performers.
A top-class duel is in prospect in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON when Germany’s biggest marathon takes place on September 29 with the news that Gladys Cherono, both title and course record holder, will face her fellow Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot.
“My goal is now to win for the fourth time in Berlin,” announced Gladys Cherono soon after she had completed the hat-trick last year.
One thousand age group runners from around the globe will qualify for a place at the inaugural Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) Wanda Age Group World Championships which will be an integral part of next year’s Virgin Money London Marathon.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) revealed a groundbreaking extensive new anti-doping investigation and intelligence-driven testing program in a landmark moment in the drive for a clean sport.
A BMW BERLIN-MARATHON delegation is currently in Tokyo on the occasion of the marathon on March 3. As a sign of the special connectedness to the partner of the Abbott World Marathon Majors series, a joint run was organized.