In 1990, the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON hosted more than 25,000 runners who for the first time ran through Brandenburg Gate and into East Berlin. Runners were crying while they stopped to kiss the ground. It was an emotional run for all. Since then, runners have continued to flock to Berlin each year to experience one of the best organized marathons in the world. This is a race you need to plan ahead for as the event closes entries about mid-November with a max of 40,000 runners. Marathon Tours & Travel has guaranteed entries, which can be obtained when our four-night package is purchased.
This Abbott World Marathon Majors race course is flat and fast with only a few corners. A world record was set at this event in 2014 with a time of 2:02:57 by Dennis Kimetto. The course also produced the first sub 2:20 marathon by a woman, Naoko Takahashi, in 2001. The race is also known for having ideal weather for running and is run on asphalt versus concrete. It is definitely one to target for your PR!
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This is my third trip with Marathon Tours and each one has been better than the next and the first one was awesome! Thank you so much for your personal touch and your dedication to making these trips fabulous!! I especially appreciate your effort in acknowledging the World Marathon Majors Finishers. It was a special race for me in that regards and the effort you put forth to celebrate with me and my family was very much appreciated. Marathon Tours rocks!! Nicole is awesome and I believe Jacqui has talked me into the Maasai marathon next summer - 7 continents here I come! Great company, great people!
The support before and during the Berlin trip, from the greeting in the hotel. The cocktail hour on the Thursday, the bus tour and the greeting at the hotel after the marathon with beer, Gatorade and bath salts were great. The post marathon social event was great too.