The Berlin Marathon (official name: BMW Berlin Marathon ) is a German road and cross-country race, which annually, usually on the last weekend of September (29 September 2013), held in Berlin. It is organized by the sports club SC Charlottenburg and organized by the SCC EVENTS GmbH. He was first held in October 1974, rather than as people of Berlin Marathon.

Today's Berlin Marathon consists of a race for inline skaters ( 42.195 km ) and a mini-marathon ( 4.2195 km ) for children and students on Saturday and the marathon for wheelchairs, power walkers and runners on Sunday.

The barrel part alongside the events in New York and London, the largest and most reputable besides London and Chicago at the fastest marathons in the world. Here, since 2003, the basis of the official IAAF world records of the men of Paul Tergat (2003, 2:04:55 h), Haile Gebrselassie (2008, 2:03:59 h ), Patrick Makau Musyoki (2011, 2:03: 38 h) and Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich ( 2013 h) erected 2:03:23.

  • 3.1 Development
  • 3.2 Statistics


The birth of the great running events in West Berlin was November 8, 1964 that day. Berlin Cross the first run took place with over 700 participants on Devil's Mountain. Horst Milde and other organized this run, after they had been inspired by a race in Le Mans. In the following years, the SCC Cross developed at Teufelsberg an institution in Berlin's sports scene.

Ten years later, in 1974, the first people of Berlin Marathon was held for the first time. Inspired Horst Milde of a marathon, which had been aligned on 14 October 1973, starting and finishing at Mommsen stadium with 92 participants from the Berlin Association of Athletics Federations. Convinced that among the people of runners in a race over this distance a far greater interest, organized clemency in the following year a marathon on the same route for the 286 runners signed up, of which 244 reached the target. Was started before the Mommsenstadion on Waldschulallee and was run for a commute in the Grunewald, along the AVUS, almost to the Wannsee beach. For men, Günter Hallas won ( born January 18, 1942) in 2:44:53 h, the former middle distance runner Jutta von Haase h for women in their first competition over a longer distance than 1500 meters in 3:22:01 34 times Hallas started yet at the Berlin Marathon; only Bernd Hübner, so far completed all Berlin Marathon, has to have more participants.

As of 1975, the route was changed a little, so now was started in Mommsenstadion. The aim was also located in the stadium. Also the second was addressed to the people of Berlin runner. It won a couple: Ralf Bochröder ( born July 8, 1940) in men and Kristin Bochröder ( born May 6, 1941) for women.

In 1977, the German Marathon Championship was integrated into the course, they started an hour later. As part of these championships Christa Vahlensieck presented with 2:34:47,5 h on an unofficial world record.

When the French occupation forces in May 1981, the 25 km de Berlin conducted as the first city run Berlin, matured the plan to move even the marathon in the city center. It Horst Milde initially met with incomprehension behördliches. He is said to have been presented, for example, Klaus Hübner, the former police chief of Berlin, with the sentence: " Over there sits a madman - who wants to run through the city " by the police and the organizer was first reported: " The streets. 're there for the cars " Although there were no objections to the race to the Senate, but some political hurdles, but with the help of the Western Allies, there were - had Horst Milde to John Kornblum, the chief of the U.S. mission turned, - could be overcome. 1981 left the barrel so the Grunewald forest and became the city of Marathon. Home was on the lawn in front of the Reichstag building, the route went like Checkpoint Charlie over, and the target was located on the Kurfürstendamm. On the tarmac, it was now possible to participate wheelchair in the race. With 3486 registered participants in the Berlin Marathon in 1981 was already the largest German city run.

Due to the increasing numbers of participants starting in 1987 moved to the Straße des 17. In addition, the organizers dedicated the first time over 30 musical groups who attended at the track for mood.

Premiered in 1989, the mini-marathon of the students. Here, teams run of ten students the last 4.2195 km. Adds gives the the entire marathon distance.

On September 30, 1990, three days before the reunification of Germany, led the race through the Brandenburg Gate. The launch remained on the Strasse des 17 Juni, but has now started in the opposite direction. The interest in this race was so great that the organizers had to reject applications for the first time: the participant limit was reached. For the first time a marathon live on German television was transmitted, even in Japan there was a live broadcast.

In 1994, the electronic timing using the ChampionChip was introduced. In the same year, the wheelchair marathon race of the Disabled World Championships was held in Berlin, the Heinz Frei won a world best time of 1:22:12.

Sammy Lelei was started in 1995 with 2:07:02 hours, the then second fastest ever time run and missed the world record by just twelve seconds.

In 1997, the Kenyan Elijah Lagat, Eric Kimaiyo and Sammy Lelei with 6:23:24 h on an unofficial world record team. For the first time went inline skaters on the track.

For the 25th Berlin Marathon in 1998 for the first time the participants of the historical record run of 1990 was reached again. The winner was Ronaldo da Costa, who h with 2:06:05, the ten -year-old world record of Belayneh Dinsamo ( 2:06:50 h) broke. Ronaldo da Costa was the first runner who ran a marathon with an average speed of more than 20 km / hr.

The following year, 1999, the world record of women fell: Tegla Loroupe won with a 2:20:43 h In the men's race two times were first run under 2:07 hours, Berlin was in the list of the fastest marathons to square one. For the first time took power walkers participated in the run.

2001, there was again a world record: The Japanese Olympic gold medalist Naoko Takahashi ran 2:19:46 h the first woman under 2:20. The race was broadcast live in Japan and reached ratings of over 50%.

2002, it came with a mat inadequately fastened to a massive crash of the skaters. The cover of the camera installed across the street cabling has been lifted by a gust of wind just before a skater group and led to a heavy fall of up to 20 inline speed skaters. After the Berlin Marathon skater had become, with over 7000 finishers of the largest of its kind, the implementation was moved to the evening before the main race from 2003.

2003, the route was changed. The goal was no longer on the Kurfürstendamm, but at the Brandenburg Gate. The launch was also laid before the gate.

Thus, the transport of delicate accounted for " clothes for afterwards " that could leave at the start, the athletes always. The route took longer as a whole by the former East Berlin and Unter den Linden became the final straight. The 30th Berlin Marathon was again crowned with a world record, which was later recognized as the first official marathon world record: Paul Tergat of Kenya ran 2:04:55 was the first man under 2:05, his compatriot and pacemaker Sammy Korir required just a second longer. With the Kenyan Titus Munji third place ( 2:06:15 h), also Pacemakers Tergat, they set a new unofficial world record team.

2004 sparked Mark Milde his father Horst Milde from the Race Director. Mark had taken care of the commitment of the top runners in 1999 and 1997 encouraged the integration of inline skaters.

Since 2004, the Berlin Marathon also includes a competition for hand cyclists.

2006 founded the world's five largest marathons run the World Marathon Majors series. It includes the Berlin Marathon, the Boston Marathon, the London Marathon, the Chicago Marathon and the New York City Marathon. The respective two-year series is endowed with $ 500,000 for the best man and the best woman.

Statistics marathon

Track records

  • Men: 2:03:23 h, Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich (KEN ), 2013 ( world record)
  • Women: 2:19:12 h, Mizuki Noguchi (JPN ), 2005 ( Asian record, record time in Germany )

List of winners

Sources: website of the organizer and ARRS

Development into the finish

Inline skating competition


1997 Inline Skate Marathon part of the Berlin Marathon was and thus the first event, which offered the inline skating as part of a big city marathons in Germany. The race is held separately since 2003 on Saturday before the race marathon. Responsible for all aspects of in-line skating competitions is Julia Seifert from SCC EVENTS GmbH.

In 1997, 446 skaters at the start and the two Frenchmen Caroline Jean and Pascal Briand were the premium winner. Even in the following year was dominated by the French and occupied both the women as well as men, the three places.

In the year 1999 4179 inline skaters already ran with. The course records were improved among women and among men by several minutes. The winner Anne Titze was the first woman under 1:10:00 h

At the race in 2000 with over 6700 participants drove Angèle Vaudan a new world record ( 1:08:29 h). The Berliner speed skater Claudia Pechstein was 19 Among many personal bests for the participants, the power density steadily increased and it came increasingly to mass sprint decisions, in which the field crosses the finish line in a few moments.

2002 came as a result of the bulging mat, which was intended for the runners in the top tier of the race for a massive crash. With over 7000 finishers, the race was large and attractive enough for your own event. 2003 got the skaters on the eve of their main race event and with 9612 athletes, this was also the world's largest skating marathon. For women, there was a triple success for the United States.

Following complaints from motorists and retail the race the skater in 2004 already started Saturday morning. With only 8191 starters but the early start time led to a decrease in both the subscriber and the number of audience. So in 2005 the launch was put back on the afternoon. In the men, there was a triple triumph of the Italians and the ladies won a Colombian.

The tenth discharge in 2007 was dominated by the rain-slicked road, so it was not contrary to the last few years to a mass sprint win. The Swiss Nicolas Iten was allowed to settle around 2.5 kilometers from the finish of his four companions escape and won single-handedly. In the women was able to prevail in the sprint of a small group surprisingly Hilde Goovaerts from Belgium. At this the German newcomer Michaela ( 5 ) and the seventeen -year-old Sabine Berg ( 2 ) included.

Since 2000, the race is part of the World Inline Cup ( WIC), the highest-ranking race series in the world and since 2004 in Berlin and the World Cup Finals.


2009 won Saggiorato Luca and Cecilia Baena each for the third time. Juan -Carlos Betancur, Luca Saggiorato, Cecilia Baena and Sabine Berg won the marathon twice.

  • Held at the women with 1:08:29 hours from Angèle Vaudan ( FRA ), 2000
  • Held in men with 0:59:28 hours by Bart Swings ( BEL), 2013

Winner list ( distance records highlighted in color )

Wheelchair and hand cyclists Marathon ( track records)


In 1990, the line ran through the decades inaccessible Brandenburg Gate. Shortly after the start of a participant died of a heart attack. He was probably only the first three km run to the emblematic building, which he, however, never reached.