The Berlin marathon is one of the most famous marathons in the world. It all began on 13th Oct 1974 at the first event with 286 entries. In 1981 the race took place through the streets of Berlin and the race started to grow significantly. On 30th Sep 1990 a dream came true for many - 3 days before the German unification 25,000 runners ran through the Brandenburg Gate - many with tears in their eyes.
The looped course passes through 10 Berlin neighbourhoods. Runners start and finish near the famous Brandenburg Gate and pass many great landmarks such as the Siegessuale Colums, Berlin Cathedral, the State Opera House and Potzdamer Platz. The Berlin marathon is notoriously flat and lots of world records have been broken here over the decades.
This marathon was second only to London for me in terms of atmosphere, excitement, support and organisation. I absolutely loved it! There was lots of random entertainment along the way and the route is flat and straight, definitely a pb course (although I didn't get one due to recent injury). The most iconic moment has to be when you round the final corner and see the Brandenburg gate up ahead, by then the crowds are cheering as you're approaching the finishing straight & as you pass beneath the gate it's a magical moment! There are plenty of refreshments and toilets en route and the finishing area is well equipped and efficient. Oh and there's a fab medal too. I'll definitely be back!
My third marathon and my favourite race even though I got injured and had to walk the last 10k! I knew the course would be flat - if you're after a PB this is race to get it. The route passes lots of landmarks with plenty of support and music around the course. The finish is actually 100m or so after the Brandenburg Gate - I know a few people that sprinted for the finish only to realise that they hadn't finished. The Expo was massive at an old airport and the medal featured the world record holder from the previous year.