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September 25th: around Berlin, but on the run. It’s Marathon time

Last year there were over 40 thousand participants in the Berlin Marathon, a spectacular route of about 42 kilometers that winds through the historical centre of the city. The Berlin Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors circuit, which involves the cities of Boston, Chicago, London and New York City.

In 2010, in addition to the 40 000 runners, even 8 000 skaters had a great time over the approximately 42 kilometers of the course, coming from all over the world.
And there are hundreds of thousands of spectators encouraging faster or slower competitors along the route, which starts from Straße des 17. Juni.

The record of the Berlin Marathon is firmly in the hands of the Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie, who won in 2008 with a record- time of 2h 03 ’59 “: in 2010 the race was won by Kenyan Patrick Makau Musyoki for men, in 2h 05′ 08″, and the Ethiopian Aberu Kebede for women, with a time of 2h 23’58 “.

The Berlin Marathon is also a great leisure event, with bands and entertainment all along the route. The idea of this race dates back to 1964 and over the years the route has changed also accordingly to the reunification after the Fall of the Wall.

The organization of the race is very meticulous: every 2.5 km there are dining and medical areas. On the finish line, a number of physical therapists await those most in need of assistance, providing also free massages. Upon request, participants can receive a stopwatch to record their performance.

The day before the official race, a mini-marathon of almost 6 kilometers is ran, with departure from Charlottenburg Palace and arrival at the Olympic Stadium, where a refreshment stall is set up for all participants.

The official name of the event is BMW Berlin Marathon 2011 and the event is supported by the Marathon Expo, an exhibition dedicated to sport and fitness held at the Flughafen Tempelhof, a fairground in Platz der Luftbrücke.

The course of the BMW Berlin Marathon 2011 runs across some of the most important places in the German capital, like the Charlottenburg Palace and Potsdamer Platz. It starts at 9 am from Straße des 17. Juni – located between the Brandenburg Gate and the Victory Column, and ends at the same place: the maximum time for completing the race is 6 hours and 15 minutes.

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