The Berlin Marathon is one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors race series, the fastest marathon in the world


In brief

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24 September 2023 (Sunday)
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Number of participants: 50,000 (marathon 2022 — 34,879)
Course Record: 2:01:09 (marathon WR) Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, 2022
Entry fee:
€163 for the marathon

The Berlin Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Berlin, Germany, and is the oldest member of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races). The official name of the event is BMW Berlin-Marathon. Approximately 50,000 athletes participate in the marathon race and other competitions (34,879 runners completed the marathon in 2022).

The Berlin Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, a series of six of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world. The other races in this series are the Tokyo Marathon (東京マラソン), Boston Marathon, TCS London Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon. Finishers of six or five of these marathons can find their names in the Hall of Fame on the series website.

The Berlin Marathon is a member of German Road Races group.

The Berlin Marathon 2023 is a qualifying event for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

The last eight marathon world records have all been set at the Berlin Marathon. In 2022, Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge established a new world record in the marathon, achieving both a world record and a course record at the Berlin Marathon with a time of 2:01:09.

Furthermore, in 2022, both the men’s and women’s course records were broken at the Berlin Marathon. Ethiopian runner Tigist Assefa accomplished a time of 2:15:37, thus setting a new course record in the women’s category.

Representatives from 157 countries participated in the races of the Berlin Marathon 2022.

The Berlin Marathon organizer, SCC Events, also conducts Generali Berliner Halbmarathon in April.

More about Berlin and its attractions you may find here.

Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022

Eliud Kipchoge sets a new marathon world record, 2022

Events and activities

Marathon race, 26.2mi/42.195km (BMW Berlin-Marathon)

The marathon race, covering a distance of 26.2mi/42.195km, starts in four waves at 9:15, 9:35, 10:05, and 10:30 on 24 September 2023 (Sunday) from Straße des 17. Juni near the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor).

Age limit: born in 2005 and earlier.

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A one-lap course of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 takes runners through several Berlin districts, including Tiergarten, Charlottenburg, Moabit, Mitte, Friedrichshain, Neukölln, Kreuzberg, Schöneberg, Wilmersdorf, and Steglitz. The route features three crossings of the Landwehrkanal and four crossings of the Spree River, passing over the Gotzkowskybrücke, Moltkebrücke, Kronprinzenbrücke, and Blick von der Michaelbrücke bridges.

Highlights of the course:

  • Tiergarten Park (Großer Tiergarten): Berlin’s inner-city park, spanning 520 acres/210 hectares in size.
  • Victory Column (Siegessäule): a 67-meter tall monument erected in the 19th century to commemorate victories in the so-called unification wars, offering a viewing platform.
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Gedächtniskirche): a Protestant church located in the center of Breitscheidplatz.
  • Potsdamer Platz: an important public square and traffic intersection in central Berlin.
  • Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor): an 18th-century neoclassical monument, where participants run through just before reaching the finish line.

Course of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023

Elevation profile of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 course

Elevation profile of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 course

Course map animation, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022

The start and finish of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 take place in Tiergarten Park (Großer Tiergarten), specifically on Straße des 17. Juni between the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and the Victory Column (Siegessäule). The finish line is located near the Soviet War Memorial (Sowjetische Ehrenmal im Tiergarten).

Start and finish area, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023

Start and finish area, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023

You can find the official course map of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 here.

Participants of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 are divided into starting waves and blocks based on their previous race results. You have the option to update or modify your finisher time in your user account until 19 September 2023. The starting block information is indicated on the bib number. Runners are allowed to start from the block behind their assigned starting position.

The time limit for completing the marathon is 6 hours and 15 minutes after crossing the start line. There is an additional time limit at 38.5km point.

Pacemakers are available during the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 to help participants maintain a specific pace and finish within a designated time. They can be identified by flags displaying the corresponding finish time. Target times for the marathon are 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, and 5:00 hours.

The marathon route includes 15 water and nutrition stations, where runners can replenish with water, fruit, tea, isotonic drinks (Maurten Drink Mix 160), energy gel (Maurten Gel 100), and water for sponges. Finishers receive water, tea, alcohol-free beer (Erdinger), isotonic drinks, fruit, finisher bag with some snacks.

While registering, you need to choose between two options: Bag drop-off or Poncho (a warming and reusable thermal cover after the finish). If you choose Bag drop-off, you DO NOT receive a poncho. Instead, on 24 September 2023 (Sunday), you can leave your personal belongings in the baggage deposit area near the start zone no later than 30 minutes before the start of your block. Your items must be packed in a transparent deposit bag, which is included in your Race Pack along with your bib number and a sticker. The bag should be marked with the sticker that displays your race number. To retrieve your bag after the race, you need to show your bib number.

There are three modes of online tracking available for participants to track their progress along the course:

  • “Public” allows anyone to follow their results,
  • “Code” provides a code to share with supporters for real-time updates,
  • “Private” ensures no tracking.

The route of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 is certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).


The entry fee for the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 is €163.

The entry limit for the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023, as well as of any marathon from the Abbot World Marathon Majors, significantly less than the number of applications. Some runners are eligible for a guaranteed entry, while others apply for a non-guaranteed entry through a lottery system.

Non-guaranteed entry via lottery

You can apply online for a non-guaranteed entry to the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 through a lottery. Marathon runners are selected through a random drawing after the registration of non-guaranteed applicants.

You have the option to register as an individual or as part of a team of 2-3 people. If a team is drawn, all members of the team receive a marathon entry. Please note that there is no team ranking.

The lottery application deadline is from 29 September until 23:59 (UTC +1:00) on 17 November 2022.

There is no fee to enter the lottery, and only winners are required to pay the marathon entry fee.

Each person is allowed to submit only one application, either as an individual or as part of a team.

Lottery applicants get notified of their entry status via email on 1 December 2022.

Guaranteed entry for fast runners

Fast runners may be eligible for a guaranteed personal race entry to the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 by submitting their race result from a previous marathon run in 2020, 2021, or 2022. The qualification times vary based on age and gender.

For men, the qualification times are as follows:
age 18—44 — under 2:45 hour,
age 45—59 — under 2:55 hour,
age 60+ — under 3:25 hour.

For women, the qualification times are as follows:
age 18—44 — under 3:00 hour,
age 45—59 — under 3:20 hour,
age 60+ — under 4:10 hour.

More info is here.

Guaranteed entry via tour operator

Race entry can be obtained through official tour operator of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023. Race entry is included as part of travel arrangements made with these tour operators. More info is here.

Guaranteed entry via charity

Guaranteed race entry is available through official charity partners of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023. To secure a guaranteed entry, participants must make a donation starting from €900. More info is here.

Members of the Jubilee Club who have completed the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) at least 10 times receive a guaranteed personal race entry for the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023. Registration for club members is open until 30 April 2023.

Athletes who register for the BMW Berlin-Marathon Inlineskating 2023 by 24 August 2023, in combination with the Skate to Run special and finish the distance, will receive a guaranteed race entry for the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2024.

At the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023, time measurement is done exclusively with the ChampionChip. The ChampionChip is a small plastic transponder that is fastened to your running shoe to measure your personal race time.

If you don’t have your own chip, you can rent one for €6. The rented chip must be returned within two hours after the race.

You can receive a free medical check-up at the Berlin Marathon Expo 2023, which is held at the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport (Tempelhofer Flughafen, Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin) from 21 to 23 September 2023 (Thursday to Saturday). If the doctor advises against your participation in the marathon, you are eligible for a voucher that covers a portion of the entry fee, provided you return your bib number for the year 2023. The voucher is only valid for the next year’s Berlin Marathon. If you can provide a medical certificate confirming pregnancy, you have the option to defer your entry for up to 3 years. More info is here.

Your Marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number
  • Safety pins to attach your bib number
  • Participant wristband (placed on your wrist at the Expo, serves as a ticket to the start area)
  • Goody bag
  • Free use of Berlin public transport (zones A, B, and C) from 21 to 24 September 2023; your bib number or start card serves as a ticket
  • Bag deposit or warming and reusable poncho
  • Food and beverage stations, toilets along the course, and after the race
  • 3 modes of participant online tracking along the course (“public”, “code” or “private”)
  • Pacemaker service
  • Music and performance groups along the course
  • Finisher medal
  • Changing facilities and showers before the start and after finish
  • Recovery massage on the course and after finish on first-come, first-served basis
  • Race results online and in the special newspaper Tagesspiegel supplement (for 25 September 2023)
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • Medical aid if necessary

You have the option to order the following items at an additional charge:

  • Marathon-Package (Spezial-Paket) — €60:
    • 20 min massage at the Berlin Marathon 2023 Expo from 21 to 23 September 2023,
    • Adidas event T-Shirt,
    • medal engraving;
  • event or finisher T-Shirt — €35;
  • event running jacket — €120;
  • race number magnets to attach your bib number — €9.9,
  • medal engraving — €12;
  • photo and video package — €34.99
  • Pastalounge entry — €25.

The Pastalounge is an exclusive lounge area at the Berlin Marathon 2023 Expo (Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin) with Italian Pasta buffet.

To pick up your Race Pack, including your bib number, you should visit the Expo of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023 at the former Berlin Tempelhof Airport (Tempelhofer Flughafen, Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin).
Pick-up desk schedule:
21 September 2023 (Thursday) from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM,
22 September 2023 (Friday) from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM,
23 September 2023 (Saturday) from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Please note that you must personally pick up your Race Pack. To do so, you need to present your photo ID and the start card (Startpass) that will be sent to you via email in September.

No health certificate is required to participate in any race of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2023.

Race Results 2022*

Men (marathon)
1. Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 02:01:09
2. Mark Korir (KEN) 02:05:58
3. Tadu Abate (ETH) 02:06:28

Women (marathon)
1. Tigist Assefa (ETH) 02:15:37
2. Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) 02:18:00
3. Tigist Abayechew (ETH) 02:18:03

* Source:

You can check your result and view the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact information and links

Organizer’s address:
14053 Berlin,
Tel: +49 30 30 12 88 10

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* The race information is obtained from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. To get the latest updates and ensure accuracy, we recommend visiting the official website. If you notice any mistakes, kindly email us at

Weather during Previous Races

Date: 25 September 2022
Partly cloudy during the day.
Temperature: 11°C – 19°C
Wind: 7 km/h
Date: 26 September 2021
Partly cloudy during the day.
Temperature: 13°C – 25°C
Wind: 13 km/h
Date: 27 September 2020 (race cancelled)
Overcast all day, light drizzle. Rain 0.89 mm.
Temperature: 7°C – 13°C
Wind: 5 km/h

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Flights to Berlin

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Prices are for round trip flights 22 September 2023 — 25 September 2023. Price information is automatically renewed. You may check flight prices for other dates here or use the search form in the right upper column (desktop).

You may use public transport, taxi, or preordered transfer to get to Berlin from the Schönefeld airport (SXF) or Tegel airport (TXL) and back.

If over the past 6 years your flight within European Union, Turkey or to these countries was delayed for more than 3 hours or cancelled, if you missed a connection flight because of delay, if you were denied boarding because of overbooking you are eligible for compensation of 125—600 € according to European Commission Regulation 261/2004 and Turkish Regulation On Air Passenger Rights. You may check your case for free here, it takes 2 minutes. No fee is charged until the compensation is paid.


Race participants are fully responsible for their life, health and any consequence that may result from running a distance. Keep in mind that ordinary health insurance does not cover participation in sport events. Special sport insurance is preferable.

Accommodation in Berlin

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Have a look at what locals offer for a short-term rent. Such option may be cheaper, more comfortable and with better location than a hotel. You may book a room, an apartment or a house via airbnb.

Tours and Excursions

Other Races in September 2023

M — Marathon, 42.195 km
H — Half Marathon, 21.097 km

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