The Berlin Marathon is one of the six Marathon Majors and it lives up to all the hype – it’s a perfect time of year in Berlin, with crisp, Fall temperatures, a flat course with fast times each year, plenty of spectator locations, and overall amazing support and organization considering the size of the field. It’s an absolute must-run if you get into the race!
Lessons Learned from Race Reports
- Public transportation is fantastic for getting to and from the expo and the race, using the train, not the bus or tram, as roads will be closed. The bib number cannot be used as a ticket (as is sometimes the case for big city marathons).
- If you’re coming from the States, be ready for jet lag and have a plan for either getting on the time zone quickly or having a plan for coping with it.
- With it being such a flat, big race, with lots of people, it makes it easier to have a more even pace throughout and to be surrounded by people nearly the entire way.
- Wave start means it’s not too congested at the start with so many people running (40,000)
- Aid stations feel congested throughout because of the number of people darting in and out to get aid
- There is warm tea offered at the aid stations with electrolytes
- Berlin is a great city to explore, so leave the sight-seeing for post-race so you’re not drained for race day.
Type: One big loop all around Berlin, starting and finishing in nearly the same location in Tiergarten Park.
Start/Finish Info: No parking at the start, so use public transportation, only runners allowed in starting area. More information here.
Hills: 65 feet of gain from miles 12.5 to 17.5 – super minimal!
Map/Elevation: Link to Map
Location of water stations: km 5, 12, 17.5, 22.5, 27.5, 32.5, 34.5, 38, 40
(at 40km there will be tea and also ultraSPORTS)
Locations of water stations, electrolytes and fruit: water, tea* (warm & cold), ultraSPORTS Beetster, bananas, apples are located at km 9, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 36
Locations of electrolyte stations: km 27.5, ultraSPORTS ultraGel in the flavours Cola+Coffein and Berry
Access Locations: See Tips for Best Viewing Spots
Yes, also part of the World Marathon Majors