Berlin Marathon

Publication date: 19 Aug 2022

About the Berlin Marathon

The Berlin Marathon (officially called the BMW Berlin-Marathon) is one of the most prestigious annual marathon races. It takes place in Berlin, Germany, on the last weekend in September.

It is organized by the SCC EVENTS GmbH sports club.

An average of 40,000 runners take part in the BMW Berlin-Marathon.

7 world records were set at the Berlin Marathon.

Official website of the Berlin Marathon

2022 BMW Berlin-Marathon

The 48th Berlin Marathon will be held on 25 September. It is an international race with a route through Berlin’s major landmarks like the Reichstag, Berlin Victory Column (Siegessäule), Berlin Cathedral, Brandenburg and Potsdamer Platz.

The marathon course is flat and considered one of the fastest in the world.

As there are more people interested in participating in the Berlin Marathon than there are places, the organizers use a lottery procedure to determine who will run. The application period is one year before the event itself.

History of the Berlin Marathon

On 8 November 1964 the first track and field athletics cross took place with over 700 participants. Ten years later the first official Berlin Marathon was held. Until 1981, the marathon was held in a wooded area. Eventually, it was decided to move the event to an asphalt road. This solution made it possible for wheelchair users to participate in the marathon.

In 1989, one of the novelties of the marathon was a mini-marathon in which school children’s teams took part. 

In 2006, the prestigious World Marathon Majors series was established with 6 World Marathon Majors: London Marathon, New York City Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Boston Marathon, Tokyo Marathon and Berlin Marathon.

 Previous BMW Berlin-Marathon results

The year Venue Results
2021 Berlin, Germany Gold: Men – Guye Adola (Ethiopia); Women – Gotytom Gebreslase (Ethiopia)
2020 Berlin, Germany It was cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic 
2019 Berlin, Germany Gold: Men – Kenenisa Bekele (Ethiopia); Women – Ashete Bekere (Ethiopia)

2023 BMW Berlin-Marathon

Information on dates and venues for the next Berlin Marathon is not currently available.

Keep an eye on the dates of track and field marathons and other events in our Sports Events Calendar.

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