Berlin Marathon is one of the Abbott World Marathon Majors race series, a World Athletics Elite Platinum Label Race. The fastest marathon in the world


In brief

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25 September 2022 (Sunday)
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Number of participants: 50.000,
marathon 2021 — 23.188
Course Record: 2:01:39 (marathon WR) Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya, 2018
Entry fee:
€150 marathon

The Berlin Marathon is an annual long-distance running event held in Berlin, Germany, the oldest member of AIMS. The official name of the event is BMW Berlin-Marathon. About 50.000 athletes take part in marathon race and other competitions (23.188 runners completed marathon in 2021).

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 along with 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 6 or 5 of these marathons can find their names on the series website in the Hall of Fame.

The Berlin Marathon is one of the World Athletics Elite Platinum Label Races.

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

The Berlin Marathon 2021 is a qualifying event for the AbbottWMM Wanda Age Group World Championships.

The last 7 marathon world records were set at the Berlin Marathon. In 2018, Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set a new world record in the marathon and a course record of the Berlin Marathon — 2:01:39.

More than a million medals were awarded to the finishers of the Berlin Marathon throughout its history. Canadian Ali Crandall received the jubilee millionth medal in 2019.

139 countries were represented on the races of the Berlin Marathon 2021.

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

More about Berlin and its attractions you may find here.

Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2021

Eliud Kipchoge sets a new marathon world record, 2018

Events and activities

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

The marathon race of 26.2mi/42.195km starts in four waves at 9:15, 9:25, 9:50 and at 10:10 25 September 2022 (Sunday) from Straße des 17. Juni near the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor).

Age limit: born in 2004 and earlier.

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A one lap course of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2021 tracks over Berlin districts: Tiergarten, Charlottenburg, Moabit, Mitte, Friedrichshain, Neukölln, Kreuzberg, Schöneberg, Wilmersdorf, Steglitz. The route traverses the Landwehrkanal three times, and also crosses the Spree River four times — over bridges Gotzkowskybrücke, Moltkebrücke, Kronprinzenbrücke and Blick von der Michaelbrücke.

Highlights of the course:

  • Tiergarten Park (Großer Tiergarten), Berlin’s inner-city park which is 520 acres/210 hectares in size,
  • Victory Column (Siegessäule), erected in 19th century to commemorate victories in the so-called unification wars, is 67 m tall and has a viewing platform;
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church Gedächtniskirche, a Protestant church in the centre of the Breitscheidplatz;
  • Potsdamer Platz, an important public square and traffic intersection in central Berlin;
  • Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor), an 18th-century neoclassical monument, participants run through the gate just before the finish line.
Course of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019

Course of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019

Elevation profile of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019 course

Elevation profile of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019 course

Course map animation, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2018

Start and finish of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2021 is in the Tiergarten Park (Großer Tiergarten) at Straße des 17. Juni between the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and the Victory Column (Siegessäule). The finish is located next to the Soviet War Memorial (Sowjetische Ehrenmal im Tiergarten).

Start and finish area, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019

Start and finish area, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019

The start and finish area is open only to participants. You may enter from 6:30 26 September 2021 (Sunday) by showing your bib number and wristband (both are included in your Race Pack).

Start and finish area entrance map with public transport stations, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019

Start and finish area entrance map with public transport stations, Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2019

You may find the official course map of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2021 here.

The Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2021 participants are divided into starting waves and blocks according to the results of the previous races. The starting block is indicated on the bib number.

The time limit for completing the marathon is 6 hours 15 minutes.

The pace makers of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2021 provide the necessary pace in order to finish within a certain time. The pace makers can be recognized by flags marked with the corresponding finish time. Target times for marathon are 3:00, 3:15, 3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 5:00 hours.

15 water and nutrition stations are located on the marathon route. The stations provide runners with water, fruit, tea, energy drink ultraSPORTS Beetster and Red Bull, energy gel ultraSports ultraGel, water for sponges. Finishers get water, tea, alcohol-free beer Erdinger, fruits, salted pretzels and chocolate rolls.

While registering you need to choose option: Bag drop-off or Poncho (warming and reusable thermal cover after the finish). If your choice is Bag drop-off you DO NOT get a poncho. Instead 26 September 2021 (Sunday) you may leave your personal belongings in the baggage deposit area near the start zone not later than 30 minutes before the start of your block. The stuff must be packed in the transparent deposit bag (it is included in your Race Pack along with your bib number and a sticker). The bag is to be marked with the sticker that has your race number on it. To pick up your bag after the race (till 17:00 26 September 2021) you need to show your bib number.

Not collected bags are transported to the race office (Hanns-Braun-Straße/Adlerplatz, 14053 Berlin), where you can retrieve your belongings from 27 September 2021 (Monday).

You may choose one of the 3 modes of online tracking of your progress along the course:

  • “Public” — anyone can follow you via the results page,
  • “Code” — you will receive a code that you can share with your supporters so they can see where you are at all times,
  • “Private” — you do not want to be tracked.

The route of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2021 is certified by the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS).


The entry fee for the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022 is €150.

Entry limit of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022, as well as of any marathon from the Abbot World Marathon Majors, is much less than the number of applications. Some runners are eligible for a guaranteed entry, others apply for a non-guaranteed entry (lottery).

Non-guaranteed entry via lottery

You may apply online for a Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022 entry through the non-guaranteed entry lottery. Random drawing selects marathon runners after registration of non-guaranteed applicants.

You may register in a team of 2—3 people. If the team is drawn, all persons from the team get marathon entry. Although there is no team ranking.

Lottery application deadline: from 30 September till 23:59 (UTC +1:00) 6 December 2021.

You pay nothing to enter the lottery, only winners pay the marathon entry fee.

Only one application (personal or in a team) per person is accepted.

Lottery applicants get notified via email of their entry status in January 2022.

Guaranteed entry for fast runners

Fast runners may get a guaranteed personal race entry for the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022, if they submit a result of the previous race run in 2019, 2020 or 2021.

Qualification times for men:
age 18—44 — under 2:45 hour,
age 45—59 — under 2:55 hour,
age 60+ — under 3:25 hour.

Qualification times for women:
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 is a component of travel arrangements from an official tour operator of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022. More info is here.

Guaranteed entry via charity

Guaranteed race entry is available through official charity partners of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022, donation is from €900. More info is here.

Members of the Jubilee Club who has finished the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) at least 10 times receive a guaranteed personal race entry for the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022. Registration for the club members opens in January 2022.

Time measurement at the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022 is done exclusively with the ChampionChip (a small plastic transponder that is to be fastened on your running shoe and measures your personal race time).

You need either to rent a chip (€6) or to buy it (€31). The purchased chip can be used for many different running, cycling or triathlon events worldwide.

If you don’t return the rented chip till 16:30 25 September 2022 (Sunday) you will be charged additional €25 and the chip will be yours.

You may do a free medical check- up at the Berlin Marathon Expo 2022, former Berlin Tempelhof Airport (Tempelhofer Flughafen, Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin) 22—24 September 2022 (Thursday — Saturday). When the doctor advises against your participation you are eligible for a voucher for a share of the entry fee, as you give back your bib number 2022. The voucher is valid only for the next year Berlin Marathon. More info is here.

Your Marathon Race Entry includes:

  • Bib number
  • Safety pins to attach your bib number
  • Participant wristband (it is put on your wrist at the Expo and serves as a ticket to the start area)
  • Goody bag
  • Free use of Berlin public transport (zone A, B and C) 22—25 September 2022 , your bib number or your start card serves as a ticket
  • After party ticket
  • Bag deposit or warming and reusable poncho
  • Food and beverages stations, toilets along the course and after the race
  • 3 modes of participant online tracking along the course (“public”, “code” or “private”)
  • Pace maker 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 26 September 2022)
  • Digital race diploma with indicated finish time
  • Medical aid if necessary

You may order at extra charge:

  • Marathon-Package (Spezial-Paket) — €55:
    • 20 min massage at the Berlin Marathon 2022 Expo 22—24 September 2022,
    • Adidas event T-Shirt,
    • medal engraving;
  • event T-Shirt — €30;
  • event style windbreaker — €120;
  • medal engraving — €11;
  • HD video — €4.99;
  • Pastalounge entry — €20.

The Pastalounge is an exclusive lounge area at the Berlin Marathon 2022 Expo (Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin) with Italian Pasta buffet.

You may pick up the Race Pack with your bib number at the Expo of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022 in former Berlin Tempelhof Airport (Tempelhofer Flughafen, Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin).
Pick-up desks schedule:
22 September 2022 (Thursday) from 14:00 till 20:00,
23 September 2022 (Friday) from 11:00 till 20:00,
24 September 2022 (Saturday) from 9:00 till 19:00.

You need to pick-up your Race Pack in person. To get your Race Pack you should show your ID with photo and your print-out start card (Startpass) (sent via e-mail in September).

No health certificate is required to enter any race of the Berlin Marathon (BMW Berlin-Marathon) 2022.

Race Results 2021*

Men (marathon)
1. Guye Adola (ETH) 02:05:45
2. Bethwel Yegon (KEN) 02:06:14
3. Kenenisa Bekele (ETH) 02:06:47

Women (marathon)
1. Gotytom Gebreslase (ETH) 02:20:09
2. Hiwot Gebrekidan (ETH) 02:21:23
3. Helen Tola (ETH) 02:23:05

* Source:

Find your result and the results of your friends and companions here.

Contact information and links

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

Social media:

* The race information is from publicly available sources and the official website of the event. Always check the official website for the most up-to-date information. If you see any mistake, please write to

Weather during Previous Races

Date: 26 September 2021
Переменная облачность в течение дня.
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
Date: 29 September 2019
Mostly cloudy. Rain 5.5 mm
Temperature: 13°C – 15°C
Wind: 19 km/h

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Flights to Berlin

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Prices are for round trip flights 23 September 2022 — 26 September 2022. 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.

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Tours and Excursions

Other Races in September 2022

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

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