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A very special sight-seeing tour
The Berlin Halfmarathon is a very special sight-seeing tour. We started running near the cathedral, went through the Brandenburger Gate after one or two km and then passed many more of the sights of Berlin. Running through the gate still brought tears in my eyes, thinking about how tightly closed it was 21 years ago, I suppose this means I'm getting old. But simply passing through the Brandenburg Gate will always be something very special for me.
The halfmarathon follows a great course. It's not particularly exhausting, since runners are allowed to need more than three hours.
Shortly before the finish line I passed an emergency team who had just stopped giving a heart massage, the runner had died. This made all the fuss about minutes or seconds look very unimportant.
Equipment: As for any running event, shoes are the most important, but if you are running in a halfmarathon, you'll know this anyway.
The Berlin Marathon takes place towards the end of September every year and this year was on 29/30th. This year the conditions were perfect as it was dry, cool and Berlin is flat as a pancake making for fast times and 1 million people were out on the streets to watch. I had no idea it was taking place until I had a letter from the hotel about possible traffic disruption in the area. On the day I went around the corner from the hotel and obtained the various times from one of the officials and a good vantage point. There were a number of participants in wheelchairs that went past first. Gradually the crowd grew and a drumming band turned up. As the participants went past there was cheering, whistles and rattles as well as clapping and cheering. The first runner Haile Gebrselassie went past and I had no idea at the time that history was being made. I stood there at somewhere around the 38k marker and waited a good 5 minutes before the next runner appeared. It was only later that I discovered that the world record for the marathon had been broken by Haile Gebrselassie setting a time of 2:04:26 and cutting the previous record by phenomenal 29 seconds. I slowly walked around to one of the drinks station and by now the bulk of the 40,000 runners were now going past in a continue flow. It was also another good spot with another drumming band encouraging the runners on. So if you like audience participation this is a good event to watch.
42,2 km or 21,1 km ?
Once a year in September, thousands of professional and amateur runners compete in the the Berlin Marathon. It is the biggest and most popular marathon race in Germany, even comparable to the New York marathon. The course is like a sightseeing tour through Berlin and leads past many sights, like the Brandenburg Gate and the "Siegessäule". The Berliners take this event very seriously, and many spectators convene along the race.
If you only want to go for the half distance, the Berlin half marathon is equally spectacular and takes place in April.
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Every September the Berlin Marathon takes place. With 40,000 participants it's one of the biggest in the world and I think it's one of the nicest, too. A historic setting. A great atmoshere! All people from Berlin seem to stand at the streets cheering. There are bands playing. And when I watched a few kms before the finish line even the runners were cheering ;-) No surprise, we stood at the last corner before they would run towards Brandenburg Gate. Only a few metres behind the gate the finish line!
Mase sure to not drive in Berlin on Marathon day and the Saturday before (when the Inline Marathon takes place). All major roads are closed and it takes ages to get from A to B.
Equipment: As spectator bring a whistle.
As runner bring stamina.
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The city belongs to the runners!
... and not only the runners, also the skaters and wheel-chair racers!
The Berlin marathon takes place every year in late September. Either you can join the run through the city or you can be among the crowd along the streets and cheer, clap hands and enliven the runners. Great fun!
I live on a street that is part of the course, so it's always a pleasure to watch the marathon runners from the window.
By the way, the "little brother" of the marathon, the half-marathon, takes place every April.
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Do you like sports and will be in Berlin in September? If you have the chance, go to see the Berlin Marathon on September 28th. 35.000 runners are expected.
Well, if you don´t wanna participate yourself *smile*, then just enjoy the great atmosphere and people cheering for runners, skaters and wheelchair racers. I was there 2 years ago and had a great time! I'll go again!
Berlin Marathon . . .
. . . come to Berlin and run . . . or watch the Berlin Marathon - one of the famoust marathon . . .
Equipment: running shoes, tights and shirt
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Big sports events need sponsorship to be able to attract world-class athletes. The Berlin Marathon is therefore now officially known as the Alberto Berlin Marathon.
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