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The Berlin Marathon (branded BMW Berlin Marathon for sponsorship reasons) is a major running and sporting event held annually in Berlin, Germany. The official marathon distance of 42.195 kilometers (26 miles 385 yards) is set up as a citywide road race where professional athletes and amateur runners jointly participate. Initiated in 1974, the event traditionally takes place on the last weekend in September, with the exceptions of 2000, because of a conflict with the Olympic Marathon date, and 2018, held two weeks earlier due to Day of German Unity preparations.[1]

Berlin Marathon
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Berlin Marathon
DateUsually last weekend in September (except 2018: 16 September)[1]
LocationBerlin, Germany
Event typeRoad
DistanceMarathon
Primary sponsorBMW
Established1974
Course recordsMen: 2:01:39 (2018, WR)
Kenya Eliud Kipchoge
Women: 2:18:11 (2018)
Kenya Gladys Cherono
Official siteBMW Berlin Marathon
2019 Berlin Marathon

There have been several title sponsors in the race's history. From 1974 until 1989 it was just the Berlin Marathon. In 1990 it was the Yanase Berlin Marathon. In 1991 and 1992 it was the Canon Berlin Marathon. It reverted to simply the Berlin Marathon from 1993 until 1997. It then became the Alberto Berlin Marathon in 1998 and 1999. A new title sponsor changed the name to real,- Berlin Marathon from 2000-2010. Finally this has been the BMW Berlin Marathon since 2011.

The Berlin marathon and related events are split over two days. Thousands of additional inline skaters compete at the marathon course the Saturday before the running event. Power walkers, hand-bikers, wheelchair riders, and a children's marathon (4.2195 km) are also part of the marathon weekend, which is organised by SCC EVENTS.

Along with five other city races, the World Championships and Olympic Games it forms the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series offering a $1 million prize purse to be split equally between the top male and female marathoners and lesser amounts for the second and third male/female finishers plus awards for the top wheelchair competitors.

The 2018 edition saw Eliud Kipchoge setting a new world record with a time of 2:01:39. The 33 year old Kenyan improved the former mark set by Dennis Kimetto at the Marathon's 2014 edition by 1:18 minutes. The same race saw also fast times in the women's race with a former course record of 2:19:12 set by Mizuki Noguchi in 2005. Gladys Cherono (Kenya) set a new course record with 2:18:11, with the runner up Ruti Aga (Ehthopia) with 2:18:34 and third placed Tirusnesh Dibaba finished 2:18:55, both below the old course record.[2]

CourseEdit

The marathon course is set throughout several boroughs in Berlin with start and finish near the Brandenburg Gate (bottom right).

The course within the metropolis starts and finishes near the Brandenburg Gate. Because of the division of the city, the marathon events before 1990 were limited to the area of West Berlin. Only on 30 September 1990, were athletes able to run through the Brandenburg Gate and the unified city saw its first race running through both halves. It was reported that a great many of the runners had tears in their eyes as they ran through the gate.[3]

Nowadays, after leaving Brandenburg Gate, the course passes Charlottenburg, around Tiergarten, along Moabit and Mitte, and then south to Friedrichshain. After that, it winds west between Kreuzberg and Neukölln, through Schöneberg, over to Friedenau and Zehlendorf, before turning north back toward the city's center. Looping above Schöneberg, the course comes full circle as it finishes through the Gate.[3]

On different routes there have been two major international marathons at the 1936 Olympic Games and 2009 IAAF World Championships. Also Ulrich Hutmacher (GER) won a marathon in Berlin on 14 Oct 1973 with a time of 2:19:32 but that race is not considered part of this series.

ResultsEdit

Patrick Makau Musyoki and Irina Mikitenko in 2011
World records

Men

2018 Eliud Kipchoge   Kenya 2:01:39
2014 Dennis Kimetto   Kenya 2:02:57
2013 Wilson Kipsang   Kenya 2:03:23
2011 Patrick Musyoki   Kenya 2:03:38
2008 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 2:03:59
2007 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 2:04:26
2003 Paul Tergat   Kenya 2:04:55
1998 Ronaldo da Costa   Brazil 2:06:05

Women

2001 Naoko Takahashi   Japan 2:19:46
1999 Tegla Loroupe   Kenya 2:20:43
1977 Christa Vahlensieck   West Germany 2:34:48

Key:   Current course record   German championship race

Edition Date Male winner Country Time (h:m:s) Female winner Country Time (h:m:s)
45 16 September 2018 Eliud Kipchoge   Kenya 2:01:39 WR Gladys Cherono   Kenya 2:18:11
44 24 September 2017 Eliud Kipchoge   Kenya 2:03:32 Gladys Cherono   Kenya 2:20:23
43 25 September 2016 Kenenisa Bekele   Ethiopia 2:03:03 Aberu Kebede   Ethiopia 2:20:45
42 27 September 2015 Eliud Kipchoge   Kenya 2:04:00 Gladys Cherono   Kenya 2:19:25
41 28 September 2014 Dennis Kimetto   Kenya 2:02:57 WR Tirfi Tsegaye   Ethiopia 2:20:18
40 29 September 2013 Wilson Kipsang   Kenya 2:03:23 WR Florence Kiplagat   Kenya 2:21:13
39 30 September 2012 Geoffrey Mutai   Kenya 2:04:15 Aberu Kebede   Ethiopia 2:20:30
38 25 September 2011 Patrick Musyoki   Kenya 2:03:38 WR Florence Kiplagat   Kenya 2:19:44
37 26 September 2010 Patrick Musyoki   Kenya 2:05:08 Aberu Kebede   Ethiopia 2:23:58
36 20 September 2009 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 2:06:08 Atsede Habtamu   Ethiopia 2:24:47
35 28 September 2008 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 2:03:59 WR Irina Mikitenko   Germany 2:19:19
34 30 September 2007 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 2:04:26 WR Gete Wami   Ethiopia 2:23:17
33 24 September 2006 Haile Gebrselassie   Ethiopia 2:05:56 Gete Wami   Ethiopia 2:21:34
32 25 September 2005 Philip Manyim   Kenya 2:07:41 Mizuki Noguchi   Japan 2:19:12
31 26 September 2004 Felix Limo   Kenya 2:06:44 Yoko Shibui   Japan 2:19:41
30 28 September 2003 Paul Tergat   Kenya 2:04:55 WR Yasuko Hashimoto   Japan 2:26:32
29 29 September 2002 Raymond Kipkoech   Kenya 2:06:47 Naoko Takahashi   Japan 2:21:49
28 30 September 2001 Joseph Ngolepus   Kenya 2:08:47 Naoko Takahashi   Japan 2:19:46 WR
27 10 September 2000 Simon Biwott   Kenya 2:07:42 Kazumi Matsuo   Japan 2:26:15
26 26 September 1999 Josephat Kiprono   Kenya 2:06:44 Tegla Loroupe   Kenya 2:20:43 WR
25 20 September 1998 Ronaldo da Costa   Brazil 2:06:05 WR Marleen Renders   Belgium 2:25:22
24 28 September 1997 Elijah Lagat   Kenya 2:07:41 Catherina McKiernan   Ireland 2:23:44
23 29 September 1996 Abel Antón   Spain 2:09:15 Colleen De Reuck   South Africa 2:26:35
22 24 September 1995 Sammy Lelei   Kenya 2:07:02 Uta Pippig   Germany 2:25:37
21 25 September 1994 António Pinto   Portugal 2:08:31 Katrin Dörre-Heinig   Germany 2:25:15
20 26 September 1993 Xolile Yawa   South Africa 2:10:57 Renata Kokowska   Poland 2:26:20
19 27 September 1992 David Tsebe   South Africa 2:08:07 Uta Pippig   Germany 2:30:22
18 29 September 1991 Steve Brace   United Kingdom 2:10:57 Renata Kokowska   Poland 2:27:36
17 30 September 1990 Steve Moneghetti   Australia 2:08:16 Uta Pippig   East Germany 2:28:37
16 1 October 1989 Alfredo Shahanga   Tanzania 2:10:11 Päivi Tikkanen   Finland 2:28:45
15 9 October 1988 Suleiman Nyambui   Tanzania 2:11:45 Renata Kokowska   Poland 2:29:16
14 4 October 1987 Suleiman Nyambui   Tanzania 2:11:11 Kerstin Preßler   West Germany 2:31:22
13 28 September 1986 Bogusław Psujek   Poland 2:11:03 Charlotte Teske   West Germany 2:32:10
12 29 September 1985 Jimmy Ashworth   United Kingdom 2:11:43 Magda Ilands   Belgium 2:34:10
11 30 September 1984 John Skovbjerg   Denmark 2:13:35 Ágnes Sipka   Hungary 2:39:32
10 25 September 1983 Karel Lismont   Belgium 2:13:37 Karen Holdsworth   United Kingdom 2:40:32
9 26 September 1982 Domingo Tibaduiza   Colombia 2:14:47 Jean Lochhead   United Kingdom 2:47:05
8 27 September 1981 Ian Ray   United Kingdom 2:15:42 Angelika Stephan   West Germany 2:47:24
7 28 September 1980 Ingo Sensburg   West Germany 2:16:48 Gerlinde Püttmann   West Germany 2:47:18
6 30 September 1979 Ingo Sensburg   West Germany 2:21:09 Jutta von Haase   West Germany 3:07:07
5 3 September 1978 Michael Spöttel   West Germany 2:20:03 Ursula Blaschke   West Germany 2:57:09
4 10 September 1977 Günter Mielke   West Germany 2:15:19 Christa Vahlensieck   West Germany 2:34:48 WR
3 26 September 1976 Ingo Sensburg   West Germany 2:23:08 Jutta von Haase   West Germany 3:05:19
2 28 September 1975 Ralf Bochröder   West Germany 2:47:08 Christin Bochröder   West Germany 2:59:15
1 13 October 1974 Günter Hallas   West Germany 2:44:53 Jutta von Haase   West Germany 3:22:01

FinishersEdit

In terms of finishing athletes Berlin is one of four world-wide marathons with more than 40,000 finishers, along with New York City, Chicago, and Paris.

 
Berlin-Marathon 2009
 
The Berlin Marathon is known as a flat and fast course.
Year Finishers Shares
Total Males Females Males Females
2018 40,775 28,443 12,332 70% 30%
2017 39,101 28,067 11,034 72% 28%
2016 36,054 26,807 9,247 74% 26%
2015 36,767 27,917 8,929 76% 24%
2014 28,946 22,178 6,768 77% 23%
2013 36,527 27,577 8,990 75% 25%
2012 34,377 26,398 7,871 77% 23%
2011 32,977 25,577 7,414 77% 23%
2010 34,070 26,410 7,215 78% 22%
2009 35,016 27,934 7,060 79% 21%
2008 35,653 28,357 7,429 79% 21%
2007 32,497 25,994 6,492 80% 20%
2006 30,190 24,094 6,088 80% 20%
2005 30,382 24,501 5,872 81% 19%
2004 28,023 22,800 5,222 81% 19%
2003 30,709 25,108 5,601 82% 18%
2002 25,286 20,880 4,406 83% 17%
2001 25,792 21,669 4,123 84% 16%
2000 22,879 19,332 3,547 84% 16%
1999 19,129 16,537 2,592 87% 13%
1998 21,004 17,795 3,209 85% 15%
1997 14,982 13,120 1,862 88% 12%
1996 16,529 14,489 2,040 88% 12%
1995 13,088 11,682 1,406 89% 11%
1994 12,263 10,980 1,283 90% 10%
1993 14,107 12,586 1,521 89% 11%
1992 13,225 11,918 1,307 90% 10%
1991 14,849 13,456 1,393 91% 9%
1990 22,806 20,415 2,391 90% 10%
1989 13,433 12,233 1,200 91% 9%
1988 13,117 11,986 1,131 91% 9%
1987 12,674 11,651 1,023 92% 8%
1986 11,450 10,574 876 92% 8%
1985 9,810 9,146 664 93% 7%
1984 7,297 6,875 422 94% 6%
1983 5,121 4,886 235 95% 5%
1982 3,448 3,318 130 96% 4%
1981 2,567 2,418 149 94% 6%
1980 294 276 18 94% 6%
1979 222 207 15 93% 7%
1978 197 187 10 95% 5%
1977 230 219 11 95% 5%
1976 311 296 15 95% 5%
1975 236 232 4 98% 2%
1974 244 234 10 96% 4%

Skater-MarathonEdit

The skater marathon has numbered thousands of participants each year. It is considered the largest inline skater marathon in the world and is the final venue of the World Inline Cup.

 
The skater marathon is considered to be largest inline marathon in the world

Records

Year Male winner Country Time (h:m:s) Female winner Country Time (h:m:s)
2018 Bart Swings   Belgium 00:57:58 Katharina Rumpus   Germany 01:09:15
2017 Bart Swings   Belgium 00:58:42 Maira Yaqueline Arias   Argentina 01:06:35
2016 Bart Swings   Belgium 00:59:59 Manon Kamminga   Netherlands 01:08:38
2015 Bart Swings   Belgium 00:56:49 Sandrine Tas   Belgium 01:09:20
2014 Bart Swings   Belgium 00:59:59 Manon Kamminga   Netherlands 01:08:38
2013 Bart Swings   Belgium 00:59:28 Manon Kamminga   Netherlands 01:09:58
2012 Ewen Fernandez   France 01:00:04 Sabine Berg   Germany 01:14:13
2011 Ewen Fernandez   France 01:01:26 Sabine Berg   Germany 01:14:56
2010 Severin Widmer    Switzerland 01:09:19 Giovanna Turchiarelli   Italy 01:22:25
2009 Luca Saggiorato   Italy 01:02:50 Cecilia Baena   Colombia 01:14:47
2008 Joey Mantia   United States 01:00:33 Cecilia Baena   Colombia 01:13:24
2007 Nicolas Iten    Switzerland 01:12:30 Hilde Goovaerts   Belgium 01:23:20
2006 Luca Saggiorato   Italy 01:02:25 Giovanna Turchiarelli   Italy 01:14:02
2005 Luca Saggiorato   Italy 01:01:21 Brigitte Méndez   Colombia 01:10:43
2004 Roger Schneider    Switzerland 01:04:43 Cecilia Baena   Colombia 01:17:08
2003 Juan Carlos Betancur   Colombia 01:02:03 Julie Glass   United States 01:11:28
2002 Juan Carlos Betancur   Colombia 01:04:44 Angèle Vaudan   France 01:13:59
2001 Arnaud Gicquel   France 01:04:17 Sheila Herrero   Spain 01:12:57
2000 Chad Hedrick   United States 01:01:45 Angèle Vaudan   France 01:08:29
1999 Tristan Loy   France 01:01:08 Anne Titze   Germany 01:09:32
1998 Johann Langenberg   France 01:07:32 Caroline Lagree   France 01:14:20
1997 Pascal Briand   France 01:07:52 Caroline Jean   France 01:15:30

Wheelchair/Handbiker-MarathonEdit

 
Wheelchair athlete in 2009

In 2008, 166 handbiker and 34 wheelchair athletes participated at the Berlin marathon. The athletes start at the same day, usually at Sunday, like the runners and power walkers.

Records

Wheelchair race
Men: 1:21:39, Heinz Frei (SUI), 1997
Women: 1:42:07, Janette Jansen (NED), 1992
Handbiker race
Men: 1:05:46, Bernd Jeffré (GER), 2008
Women: 1:13:55, Dorothee Vieth (GER), 2008

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Tag der Deutschen Einheit verdrängt Berlin-Marathon". Retrieved 2018-09-15.
  2. ^ "Now a 3-Time Champ, Cherono Adds Course Record to Berlin Marathon Resume". Runner's World. 2018-09-16. Retrieved 2018-09-28.
  3. ^ a b Marius Bakken. "Berlin Marathon". Retrieved 2009-04-17.

External linksEdit