The Berlin Marathon holds the most world records for men and women, and is one of six 'World Marathon Majors'.
The BMW Berlin Marathon is a fast & flat 26.2 miles through one of the most historic cities in the world. The 2018 event saw Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge break the Marathon World Record, finishing in 2:01:39, taking a whopping 1 minute 18 seconds off the previous record.
Runners will start in three waves from 9:15am on 27 Sep 2020.
This world-famous marathon serves as a tour through a fascinating historic city. Starting off at Brandenburg Gate, you’ll pass iconic landmarks at every turn.
Berlin (alongside Tokyo, Boston, London, New York City & Chicago) is one of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors. If you're looking to take part in one of the largest and most renowned marathons in the world, you're in the right place.
Looking to set a marathon PB? Berlin is the fastest marathon in the world, as proven by the Elite runners.
The Official Berlin Marathon App provides training schedules leading up to the event, as well as important news updates, photos and videos, plus an interactive course map which allows spectators to track the participants around the 26.2 mile route.
Visit the Reichstag (parliamentary buildings), Mauerpark (market) or just take a stroll through Grunewald forest (large city park) for the perfect weekend break.
"My first marathon, and I imagine this will be a hard one to beat. Huge fun community with all the runners and also a great crowd all along the streets. Well organised and a free alcohol free beer at the end!" - Pete Ashlie, London
"The BM is simply the best in my opinion. Great organization, a nice flat route, friendly runners and wonderful fans that line the streets and root you on to the finish. I will never forget crossing under the Brandenburg gate and hearing the roar of the crowd." - guerofantastico, TripAdvisor
Many UK charities can offer you guaranteed entry into the Berlin Marathon in return for raising funds. This means that you become part of a charity team in the run-up to the event, on the big day itself and beyond!
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
We’re the UK’s leading charity for Crohn’s and Colitis – the two forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Right now, over 300,000 people in the UK are living with these conditions. And the real number could be almost double that.
We’re working to improve diagnosis and treatment, and to fund research into a cure; to raise awareness and to give people hope, comfort and confidence to live freer, fuller lives.
We're here for everyone affected by Crohn's and Colitis.
Registered no: 1117148.
The UK’s leading support and research charity for the 850,000 people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Every 3 minutes someone develops dementia, a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and the ability to carry out the simplest tasks and it can happen to anyone at any time. Your support of Alzheimer's Society directly helps over 100,000 people through their local services across the UK and to fund their commitment to spend £150 million on cutting-edge research over the next decade to improve care and work towards a cure.
Registered no: 296645.
Making the discoveries that defeat cancer.
The Institute of Cancer Research has a mission to make discoveries that defeat cancer, the biggest killer in the UK claiming around 160,000 lives per year. Complex to treat because its molecular make-up can evolve and adapt, the Institute is conducting research to confront this ability.
Since 2005 they have progressed ten drugs into clinical trials and had a prostate cancer drug approved by NICE. They need your help to support their ongoing world-leading research.
Registered no: 534147.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
The NSPCC specialises in child protection by changing UK laws, seeking to protect children at risk of abuse or supporting children that have been abused to rebuild their lives.
Around 90% of their income comes from public donations where just £3 could pay for their Speak out. Stay Safe programme to reach a child in primary school or £40 could pay to answer 10 Childline calls from children in need of help.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
Challenging attitudes on mental health to help those affected by mental illness.
Rethink Mental Illness improve the lives of people severely affected by mental illness through a network of local groups and services, expert information and successful campaigning with the goal of making sure everyone affected by severe mental illness has a good quality of life.
Mental health support groups and services take place all over the country. From peer to peer support, to an advice and information service, the aim is to ensure people are respected, listened to and get the right kind of support at the right time.
Let’s stamp out stigma and help people severely affected by mental illness together. Sign up to take on an event or challenge for Rethink Mental Illness.
Registered no: 271028.
The leading UK charity striving to beat multiple sclerosis.
MS can develop at any age and is for life. People in the UK are most likely to get a diagnosis in their thirties, but symptoms may be noticed years before. The MS Society aim to find a cure by conducting critical research and support people with MS through their campaigning, helpline and local community groups.
£10 of funds you raise could help them support someone calling the MS Helpline or £240 could help fund a short break for someone with MS.
Registered no: 1139257.
A world where every cat is treated with kindness and an understanding of its needs.
Cats Protection helps 500 cats and kittens every day, through its 250 volunteer run branches, team of feline experts and 36 centres around the UK. Their aims are re-homing, neutering and education to improve the lives and welfare of cats.
£10 raised could feed a cat in their care for over a week and £50 could provide a traumatised cat with a safe place and bed to sleep.
Registered no: 203644.
Providing clean water and decent toilets to everyone, everywhere
Extreme poverty won't end until everyone, everywhere has clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene. WaterAid is determined to achieve this within a generation and change peoples lives for good.
Registered no: 288701 / SC039479.
There are 2 ways to secure your place in BMW Berlin Marathon.
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