BMW Berlin Marathon
Sun 29 Sep 2024 Berlin, Germany Entries closed

BMW Berlin Marathon

A world record-breaking road race around a historic city on a route featuring the Brandenburg Gate and iconic sights. Celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2024, this is going to be a race to remember!

  • Sun 29 Sep 2024
  • Entries closed
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

BMW Berlin Marathon



Age 18 & over

  • 26.2 miles road running


The prestigious Berlin Marathon, aka the fastest marathon in the world, holds the most world records for men and women and has huge PB potential - yet welcomes runners and walkers of all levels.

Berlin Marathon (alongside Tokyo, Boston, London, New York City and Chicago) is one of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors - so if you're looking for a large, world-renowned marathon you're in the right place.


  • Abbott World Marathon Major

    The Berlin Marathon boasts a 50-year history with 45,000+ runners annually from across the globe.

  • fastest marathon

    Follow in the footsteps of the World Record holder, Kelvin Kiptum, in an event named the 'fastest marathon in the world'.

  • iconic landmarks, historic buildings

    The route tours the 'City of Freedom' and features the Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz and Berlin Cathedral.

  • European city break

    Marathon-running and sightseeing in one unforgettable weekend.


    Save yourself the uncertainty and stress of the ballot by securing a charity place today.

  • Event expo
  • Event village
  • Spectators
  • Traders at event
  • Wheelchair users

Who is it for?

  • Runners and walkers must complete the course within the time limit of 6:15 hours.
  • Handbikes and race wheelchairs are the only permitted sports equipment.
  • Nordic walkers are not permitted.

Wheelchair race Timetable

  • 06:30 | Start area opens
  • 08:25 | The start will be lined up
  • 08:50 | Elite handbikers
  • 08:56 | Wheelchair athletes
  • 08:59 | Handbikers

  • Bag storage
  • Changing facilities
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Brandenburg Gate
Pariser Platz

The start of the marathon is located between StraรŸe des 17. Juni, between Brandenburg Gate and "Kleiner Stern".

City break destination

Visit the Reichstag (parliamentary buildings), Mauerpark (market) or just take a stroll through Grunewald forest (large city park) for the perfect weekend break.

  • Cut off time
  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • No headphones
  • Out and back
  • PB
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Wave start
Multi world record-breaking route.


  • Plastic bottle free
  • Public transport links
  • Recycling
  • Sustainability policy

  • Certificate
  • Chip timing
  • Event app
  • Goody bag
  • GPS tracking
  • iTAB
  • Massage
  • Medal


  • Bib number
  • Athlete wristband
  • Participant goody bag
  • Clothing bag label and clothing bag
  • Chip timing
  • Route refreshments including water, fruit, tea, sports drinks, gels
  • High-quality Berlin Marathon medal
  • ERDINGER Alkoholfrei alcohol-free beer
  • Other finish lin refreshments
  • Foil blanket at the finish
  • Downloadable certificate and a commemorative booklet
  • Massage for all finishers

Every year thousands of runners take part in this event and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in this highly sought-after event and much more.

Benefits of running for charity

Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:

  • Fundraising support

    Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.

  • Training support

    Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and Olympic champs.

  • Branded running kit

    When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.

  • In-country contacts

    Overseas runners may find it reassuring to join a ready-made charity team who will help secure your place in the event, advise on travel, accommodation and put you in touch with teammates.

  • Exclusive social groups

    You may not be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.

What are charity places?

Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if ballot entries are closed.

Marathon running and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?

  • Age 18 & over
  • Ballot closed
  • Charity entries closed
  • Ballot
  • Collect race pack
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available

Ballot details

Your registration fee will be debited from your account upon successful allocation of a race entry. Please note that race entries are not transferable and non-refundable.

If you have entered the ballot you will find out whether you are one of the lucky winners in December 2023.

You can save yourself the uncertainty and stress of the ballot by securing a charity place.

Great event. Flat and fast course, covering the sights of the city. Great medal to show for it. Dan J

As a World Marathon Major you expect the best and Berlin delivers. It's a great city, a really well organised race, aid stations with water, tea, fruit and gels are regular throughout. Music points all the time were really motivational. Richard B

Berlin Marathon is as special as you expect for one of the Majors. Kyla W

Running through the gate at the end as the sun beat down on me and the crowds roared is something I'll never forget. An incredible event, fast and flat. Ryan C

What an experience! Had the best time running at Berlin, seeing all the sights amongst the crowds. It was amazing running through Bradenburg Gate at the end .. Abby D

Berlin as a city and a race certainly lived up to my expectations. David W

OK so in short - EFFICIENT GERMAN EXTRAVAGANZA. Expo - SUPERB. Massive, pretty much given its going to be busy - plenty of stalls and representation. Flughafen Central was a unique and amazing venue and it’s literally one of the most interesting expo venues I’ve ever visited. Goodies - excellent. Rachel J

Reviews thanks to Race Check