45th BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on 16 September 2018

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Wheelchair competitors & Handbikers

  • Auxiliary drives & Kneeling bikes

    Auxiliary drives of any kind are not allowed

    Kneeling bikes are not allowed in the race.

  • Along the Course:

    There will a special leading car for the wheelchairs and hand cyclists.

    In case of danger, yellow flags will be shown.

  • Awards Ceremony

    The awards ceremony for the first 3 men and women (open category for both wheelchairs and hand cyclists/recumbent position) will take place immediately following the finish across from the grandstands at the finish. Volunteers will assist you after crossing the finish.

  • Eligibility

    Regardless of the type of disablement, the participation is only possible if the person that wants to participate is able to finish the race by oneself.

  • Finish

    Wheelchair drivers and hand cyclists please use the  two 4 metre wide gates to cross the ChampionChip mats.

    ! If you are reaching the finish together with runners: Please do not sprint! You would endanger others and yourself!

    ! Please, leave the finish area as quick as possible to make space for the racers still to come!

  • Helmet

    For your own safety, we urgently recommend that you wear crash helmets

  • Meeting Point

    The meeting point for escorts/families, which is also the location of the wheelchair drop-off, changing area, and toilets, is a tent on the northern side of the road Straße des 17. Juni between Großer Stern and the start area. Look for the wheelchair symbol.

  • Start

    Starting time for wheelchair athletes is 8:50, for hand cyclists 8:58.

    Entrance and check-in for both wheelchair athletes and hand cyclists will be in front of the starting area, via Straße des 17. Juni, wheelchairs will be in the southbound lane, hand cyclists in the southbound lane and northern lane

    ! For starting positions and additional special information see following

    Starting positions are fixed according to personal best times. Thus, we hope to guarantee a crash-free start. Please drive carefully. Safety first!

  • Technical service

    The Seeger hilft company will be providing technical services for wheelchairs at the starting area from 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 24th. You may also request earlier service by calling:

    0173 8788109 (Reparaturdienst Seeger hilft)

    Protective helmets are required! You may not compete without a helmet!

    If you quit or have a breakdown, the company Seeger hilft campany will assist you.

    Please have the correct replacement tubing available!

  • Time keeping

    All participants will be registered and times will be kept using the ChampionChip.

    We recommend that you use the specially protected Bike-ChampionsChip. Do not use the yellow runner chip. Mika Timing will replace your yellow chip for a special chip at no cost.

    Attach the chip as near as possible to the axe of the front wheel.

    !!! Attention! To guarantee timekeeping:

    The chip may not have any direct contact with metal. Take care that is no metal between the chip and the street!

  • Type of disablement

    Wheelchair Racing:

    T 1 Quadriplegic Tetraplegia C5/C6

    No functionality of the legs, trunk or fingers; no ability to straighten the elbows

    T 2 Quadriplegic Tetraplegia C6/C7

    No functionality of the legs or trunk; limited hand functionality; arms and shoulders fully functional

    T 3/4 Quadriplegic Paraplegia and other disabilities (e.g. amputations)

    Full arm and hand functionality; limited to full trunk functionality; some impaired leg functionality.


    Hand Cyclists:

    H1–H4 Recumbent hand cycle or adaptive bike

    H1 Tetraplegia C6 and higher

    Limited functionality of the arms and hands; severe limitations to straightening the elbows; limited temperature regulation

    H2 Tetraplegia C7/C8

    Limited functionality of the arms and hands; limited temperature regulation

    H3 Paraplegia up to TH10

    Limited trunk stability

    H4 Paraplegia from TH11 to L4, leg amputations

    Limited or no lower leg functionality; double upper leg amputations; normal or almost normal trunk stability

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