FAQ

FAQ - BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2022

Important Information at one Glance

Registration

  • The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2023 will take place on September 23 2023 for skaters and on September 24 2023 for runners, handbike and wheelchair competitors.


  • The registration period for the lottery for race entries for the BMW BERLIN MARATHON 2023 will take place from September 29 to November 17, 2022. The drawing will take place in December 2023.


  • As for all events of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series (AbbottWMM), the allocation of the race entries will be conducted by lottery. 

    More information about the lottery

    To register for the lottery, a personal user account is required.


  • No, only upon sucessful drawing the participation fee will be charged from your account. If you use a credit card for payment, a reservation booking for the total amount will be made on your credit card account to check the validity of the card, which will be inactivated after a few hours.


  • Team reagistration for the lottery is possible for 2 to 3 people. Each team member needs a personal user account for the registration.

    The team registrant starts his registration and selects "create a new team" in the registration process and enters a team name. With the registration confirmation a TEAM-Code will be sent, which can be passed on to one or two other team members.

    Each team member starts their own registration, selects "join a team by code" in the registration process and enters the TEAM-Code.

    Further information about the team registration


  • Please do not enter the TEAM-Code in the field "Access code" on the home screen of your user account.

    The TEAM-Code must be entered within the registration process, after selecting "join a team by code". To join a team, start your registration by clicking on the event tile of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2023 on the home screen of your user account. 

    You get the message that the team is already full, but you are sure that only one or to people are registered? If you have gone back and forth in the registration form after entering the TEAM-Code, this might be the reason for this error message. Please give the system time to correct it and repeat your registration at a later time.


  • No, if you accepted the goodwill offer, you have a guaranteed starting place and therefore a different registration process. Wait for the instructions that will be sent to you by email. 


  • No, everyone needs their own user account. Starting places are associated to the user account and the name.


  • Numerical errors, spelling mistakes, addresses we can happily correct, write to us via the contact form and we will work on it diligently. Please note: We do not do exchange of participants. 


Race Material

  • You can get your race kit at the MARATHON EXPO 2022.

    The opening hours are:
    Thursday, September 22, 2022: 2 pm – 8 pm,
    Friday, September 23, 2022: 11 am – 8 pm,
    Saturday, September 24, 2022: 9 am – 6:30 pm
     


  • U-Bahn: Line U6 to U-Bhf Platz der Luftbrücke
    Bus: Line 104 / 248 to Platz der Luftbrücke
    S-Bahn: Line S41 / S42 / S45 / S46 / S47 to S-Bhf Tempelhof around 15 min walk from there
     


  • Upon presentation of your passport and a photo document (identity card, passport or driver’s licence).


    • your race bib,
    • your athlete wristband, which is your access authorisation to the start area,
    • safety pins,
    • a participant bag,
    • a clothing bag label and your clothing bag, if you selected clothing drop-off when registering,
    • and a rental chip if you did not list your own when registering.

  • No, the collection of the starting documents by another person is not possible!
    It is also not possible to send you the documents or to issue powers of attorney for third parties. In order to attach your athlete wristband on site, i.e., to give you access authorisation to the starting area, we need YOUR arm.


  • You will receive your participation wristband at the MARATHON EXPO together with your race kit. This ensures that only registered participants can take part in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. You will only be allowed to enter the start area if you have your race number and participation wristband.
    Please do not remove your participation wristband until you have left the finish area after the race.


  • The great pre-booked event shirt and other pre-booked items can also be picked up at the BMW BERLIN MARATHON EXPO 2022. All additional services you have booked will be displayed on a tear-off on your bib number.  

     


  • Our multilingual medical team from various specialties offers on-site health and emergency consultations and is happy to answer your questions. In case of a health risk, our doctors will give you advice and help. When you do a free medical check- up at the MARATHON EXPO and the doctor advises against your participation in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, we will give you a voucher over a share of the registration fee. To attain the voucher give back your bib number and provide your anonymized data for sports medical purposes. The voucher is person-related and only valid for the event in the following year with submission of the medical report.

    You can find further options in your user account.


Event Day

  • The nearest public transport stops are:
    Underground: Friedrichstrasse or Unter den Linden (U6), Brandenburg Gate or Bundestag (U5), Potsdamer Platz (U2).
    S-Bahn: Central Station or Friedrichstrasse (S3, S5, S7, S75), Brandenburg Gate or Friedrichstrasse (S1, S2, S25)
    Regional train: Hauptbahnhof (Main Station)
    For current timetables and further information, please visit: www.s-bahn-berlin.de or www.bvg.de

     

     


  • Yes, and not just on race day, but for a full 4 days. From September 29 (00:01 am) to September 25 (3:00 am the following day), public transport (zones A, B, C) can be used free of charge by all participants. You will receive detailed information in a separate email (by September 20 at the latest).


  • The start is on the Straße des 17. Juni at the height of Bellevueallee.


  • The starting times for the different events can be found here:

    Skater Saturday: 3.30pm
    Handbiker and Wheelchiar competitors Sunday:
    08.50 am Elite
    08.56 am Wheelchair competitors
    08.59 am Handbikers
    Runners

    Sunday:
    09.15 am Blocks ABCD
    09.35 am Blocks EF
    10.05 am Block G
    10.30 am Block H

    Please arrive at the event site early, i.e., at least one hour before the start, so that you can get to the starting line stress-free. 

     


  • The following things should not be missing: your personal bib number, your athlete wristband and your chip for timekeeping. If you are a skater, wheelchair athletes or hand cyclist, you must also bring your helmet.


  • No measures are currently planned.


  • On Saturday, skaters can access the start/finish area for skaters starting at 1:30 pm. Runners, hand cyclists and wheelchair athletes can enter the event area starting at 7 am on Sunday.


  • Clothing drop-off is only possible for those participants who selected “clothing drop-off” when registering and who have received a clothing bag and label with their race number at the race kit pick-up. All others will receive a warm poncho at the finish.


  • You can drop off all of your personal belongings as long as they are not on the prohibited items list. In addition, no bags, backpacks or pouches can be brought into the start/finish area. 
    Avoid bringing valuables; we are not liable for losses.
     


  • No. Items can only be dropped off in the event’s transparent clothing bag. Please do not leave any luggage or bags unattended on the event grounds, these will be immediately removed by our staff.


  • If you booked a poncho when registering for the race, you will receive it after you cross the finish line. The poncho symbol will be at the distribution points and on your bib number. Please note that if you registered for the poncho you are not permitted to hand in your clothing.
     


  • There will be a sufficient number of toilets in the starting area. However, there may be waiting times shortly before the start.


  • The letter on your race number corresponds to the starting block (A-H) that is designated for you.


  • The division is based on your best marathon time in the last three years, which you entered when registering, which you can also enter or change in your user account under “My registrations”, up to and including September, 21. 2022 We only accept finisher times from official marathons or half marathons. For marathon times faster than 3:15:01 and half marathon times under 1:35:01, official proof from the last three years must be provided. It will not be possible to change your starting block at the EXPO. 

    Further information about starting blocks and best times can be found here >>


  • Skaters can enter the event area from Scheidemannstrasse on Saturday. On Sunday, the entrance for runners is opposite the Reichstag, on the Reichstag lawn. Wheelchair athletes and hand bikers can reach the start from the Siegessäule via the northern pedestrian walkway of the Straße des 17.


  • No, the start/finish area is only accessible to officially registered participants. 
    Your friends and relatives can use the grandstand directly behind the start to cheer you along the first metres. Handbikers and wheelchair participants will receive additional info by mail and can find more information here.


  • Please attach the chip securely (without metal) to your shoe or skate. Do not wear it higher than your knees, i.e., not in your trouser pocket or as a pendant, as then your time cannot be measured.
    Participants with wheelchairs or handcycles please use the special bike chip and attach it to the front fork near the axle.


On the Course

  • The 42.195 km are like a sporty sightseeing tour through the five inner-city districts of Berlin. You can see exactly where the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will take you on the course map.


  • All support vehicles (cars, e-scooters, bicycles and motorbikes) are prohibited on the course.


  • Participation with prams of any kind, roller skates, inline skates, skateboards or other rolling equipment (except wheelchairs and handcycles) is not permitted in the runners’ race. 


  • No, animals are not allowed on the marathon course.


  • We would like to point out that the international federation World Athletics prohibits the wearing of headphones during running competitions.


  • Refreshment points with water, tea, isotonic drinks and fruit are set up at regular intervals and in sufficient numbers. There is also a supply point with gel from Maurten. You can find the exact locations on the route map.
     

    Water Km: 5-12-17,5-22,5-27.5-32,5-34,5-38 and 40
    Fruits, tea and water Km: 9, 15, 20,25, 30 and 36
    Maurten Drink Mix 160 Km: 9, 15, 20, 25 30, 36
    Maurten Gel 100 Km: 27, 5

     


  • If you wish, we can bring your own food to the individual aid stations. For this purpose, your container (no glass!) marked with your name, race number and refreshment point must be handed in to the “self-catering” stand (Annemarie-Renger-Str. / Otto-von-Bismarck-Allee) by 7:45 am on Sunday at the latest. 


  • There are also porta potties at the end of each aid station.


  • The medical team, cycling doctors, medical aid organisations and patrols of the Berlin fire brigade will be there for you in the start/finish area and 
    on the course to provide first aid. Don’t be afraid to talk to our staff if you have any issues or pain. This also applies if you notice emergencies among other participants.


  • The time limit is 6:15 hours from when you cross the starting line. Participants who have not reached KM 38.5 by 16:40 will have to leave the official course and continue running on the pavement or will be driven to the finish in the broom bus. Please note that you will not receive a medal, support/refreshments at the finish or an official time.


After the finish line

  • Please return your chip on the day of the event. The chip return points are located at six different spots in the finish area and are open until approx. 5:30 pm. You can identify them by flags with a chip symbol.


  • Absolutely! Everyone who has successfully completed the 42.195 km will receive their well-deserved finisher medal after crossing the finish line.


  • There will be an engraving stand in Scheidemannstrasse (outside the event area) where you can have your medal personalised. You are welcome to book this service in advance via your user account. This will be noted on your race number. The engraving must be done on the day of the event.
    For a cash payment (!) of 12 euros, you can also get the service directly at the stand.


  • Your certificate will be available for you to download from the results list shortly after you cross the finish line. No printed certificates will be issued on site. After a comprehensive results check, your results and certificate will be official approximately eight weeks after the event.


  • Changing areas and shower facilities are available in sufficient numbers in the destination area.


  • Students at physiotherapy centres offer free massages at the finish zone to loosen up your muscles. You are welcome to use this service, but please remember that other participants also want to enjoy the “helping hands” too.


  • Tea, water, ERDINGER non-alcoholic and isotonic drinks as well as fruit (apples, bananas) are available for all finishers in the finish area. You will also receive a finisher bag with some fruit and goodies to reward you after the race and help you recover.


  •  The finish line is on Strasse des 17. Juni, behind the Brandenburg Gate.


  • The top athletes in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating on Saturday and the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on Sunday will be honoured shortly after the third woman has crossed the finish line on Strasse des 17 Juni. On Sunday, the three fastest hand bikers and wheelchair athletes will also be honoured at the same time.


  • There is a family meeting point in front of the Paul Löbe House with signs with the letters A-Z. Arrange to meet your relatives there after your race.


Relatives, friends and interested parties

  • The race will be broadcast by ARD on Sunday from 9 am to noon, as well as by RBB from 9 am to 2 pm. 


  • The start/finish area is only accessible to officially registered participants. 


  • Shortly before the finish, grandstands with standing room are set up on both sides. These are accessible to everyone free of charge.


  • No, the course is only for official participants. However, you are welcome to cheer on the runners at various points along the course.


  • Tracking one or more participants is possible via the BMW BERLIN MARATHON APP. Enter the name of your favourites and, if applicable, the tracking code. The participant can find the code in his/her user account. The tracking system will be available for use the week of the event.


  Here >>  you will find important information about the registration for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2023.