1974 the Berlin Marathon started and has appeared annually ever since. Günter Hallas who was the first person who win the Berlin Marathon is still run the marathon today. Maybe you will see him on the 26th of September running through the streets of Berlin.
1 million spectators
As Part of the World Marathon Majors, this Marathon is together with races in Boston, Chicago, London and New York one of the most important event in the world. In the last years over 35,000 runners were cheered on by more than 1 million spectators. In 1990 the first Marathon in the reunited City of Berlin led through both parts of the German capital. The Brandenburg Gate was the symbol of freedom and that brought out tears in the eyes of many participants in 1990 when they pass the Gate. The course of the Berlin Marathon is well-known for its sightseeing potential. The course takes runners past several of Berlin’s historic landmarks, such as the Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz, Berliner Dom, and of course the Brandenburg Gate just before the finish line. Here you can take a history lessen by running the Berlin Marathon, ancient buildings mixed between modern hi-tech.
What we will see this year? Nobody knows but the last years guarantee a lot of action. More than one world record has been set on the flat, low-altitude course. 2007 and 2008 the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie set the new world record and in 2009 he did pass the 30K point in 1:27:49 which is a world record on road. Last year for Marathon U inn Berlin Hostel was full with runners from all over Europe and we looking forward to see them again and wish them good luck on thier 42.195 kilometres.