250,000 spectators, 30,000 participants, a lot of international top stars, and the famous sights of Berlin as the unforgettable backdrop: the Berlin Half Marathon on 30 March 2014 is one of the largest half marathons in the world!
Run Past Berlin’s Famous Landmarks
Here, amateurs and pros alike will kick off the European 2014 running season. The 21.0975km course leads through the city centre of Germany’s capital, from the start and finish area at Karl-Marx-Allee through “Unter den Linden” (“Under the Linden Trees”), “Strasse des 17. Juni” (the famous “17th of June Street”), Kurfuerstendamm and Potsdamer Platz – a sightseeing tour into the spring in running shoes!
The route of the Berlin Half Marathon combines the most famous sights of Germany’s capital. After the start on Karl-Marx-Allee, participants will pass tourist attractions like the prominent TV tower on Alexanderplatz, the triumphal arc of Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column on “Strasse des 17. Juni”, the well-known avenue of Kurfuerstendamm with Gedaechtniskirche, or the site of “Checkpoint Charlie”, one of the most renowned crossing points of the Berlin Wall.
World-Record Holder To Run His First Half Marathon
As usual, Berlin Half Marathon boosts a high-carat field. The international top star of the 34th edition is Leonard Parick Komon from Kenya, the reigning world record holder over 10km and 15km on the roads. It’s the first time he is participating in a half marathon.
With André Pollmaecher (Duesseldorf), the 2011 German half marathon Champion, and Sabrina Mockenhaupt (Siegen), 7th of the 2013 New York Marathon, two top-notch German runners will take part in Germany’s largest half marathon.
Adding A Little Samba To Deutschland
Apart from the fantastic backdrop and the big crowd, the fast course is the main reason why international top athletes love the Berlin Half Marathon. This also applies to the hobby athletes who announce a record number of participants: over 30,000 runners registered already months before the event.
More than 250,000 spectators will celebrate along the course. Plus, many samba bands will heat up the crowd and provide some Brazilian atmosphere.
The 34th Berlin Half Marathon will take place on Sunday, 30 March 2014 in Berlin (Germany).