BMW Berlin Marathon
Sun 24 Sep 2023 Berlin, Germany

BMW Berlin Marathon

A world record-breaking road race around one of the most historic cities in the world on a route featuring Brandenburg Gate and many other iconic sights. Charity places now available for 2023.

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  • Sun 24 Sep 2023
  • Ballot 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.


  • One of the six World Marathon Majors

    40+ year history, now with 40,000+ runners.

  • Described as the fastest marathon in the world

    Follow in the footsteps of the Marathon World Record holder, Eliud Kipchoge.

  • iconic landmarks and historic buildings in the City of Freedom

    Featuring Brandenburg Gate, The Reichstag, Potsdamer Platz and Berlin Cathedral.

  • European city break destination

    Marathon-running and sightseeing in one unforgettable weekend.

  • Event expo
  • 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 Straße des 17. Juni, between Brandenburg Gate and "Kleiner Stern".

City break

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
Berlin Marathon route map
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


  • High-quality Berlin Marathon medal
  • Goody bag with drinks, fruit and biscuits
  • ERDINGER Alkoholfrei alcohol-free beer
  • Foil blanket at the finish
  • Certificate and 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?

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Health and Medical

MS Society

For a world free from the effects of MS.

  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Supporter cheer packs
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact
  • Pre-event meet-ups
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up



Penny Appeal

Life-saving aid for the poor and needy when crisis hits.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Exclusive social group

Sign up


Mental health

Rethink Mental Illness

Challenging attitudes on mental health to help those severely affected by mental illness.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up


Health and Medical

Stroke Association

Rebuilding lives after stroke.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up




Wheelchairs, equipment and services to empower young wheelchair users.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide

Sign up


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

The ballot opened 29 September 2022 and the results were announced in January 2023. Successful ballot applicants will be charged the entry fee.

Charity places are still available from £30 + sponsorship pledge.

Entry fees

Entry fee


Entry fee