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Berlin Marathon

One of the most important marathons on the calendar, with the event scheduled for September each year, the Berlin Marathon is very popular with thousands of runners entering every year.

A flat course, that mainly follows a clockwise direction through the centre of Berlin, it can result in very fast times for runners. With a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds, Patrick Makau Musyoki of Kenya set the course record in 2011. The fastest female runner in the event's history is Mizuki Noguchi with a time of 2 hours, 19 minutes and 12 seconds in the 2005 race.

The race starts, and finishes, in the area around the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag. Runners can use public transport to get to the start line. Go to the U55 Stop Bundestag or U6 Stop Bahnhof Friedrichstrasse on the underground or take the S-Bahn to Hauptbahnhof or Unter den Linden/Brandenburger Tor. Arriving an hour before the race to prepare will enable you to avoid some of the close to 40,000 runners who are also dropping off bags and collecting race gear.

During the race, approximately 5km apart, are drink stations that offer water, energy drinks and sweet tea along with fruit, like apples and bananas.

The weather in September for Berlin can occasionally reach high temperatures but often the race is run during days of around 18 degrees Celsius. Occasionally the race occurs during rain but the runners are provided with wet weather gear if they want it.

There is also a Breakfast Run, this is a morning warm-up for the runners that goes from Charlottenburg Castle to the Olympic Stadium. This covers a distance of 6km. A Berlin Expo concerning fitness and health also occurs during the time of the Berlin Marathon. The event lasts three days and it is free for registered runners who are running the Berlin Marathon. Runners can also find discounted hotel rates from many hotels in the area, including the Berlin Marriott Hotel and The Ritz Carlton that are very close to the starting line of the race.

Berlin hosts many concerts and sports events and is home to many museums and historic areas. Visitors to Berlin will take trains from many parts of Europe, or fly to the city and land at the Berlin-Schonefeld Airport. Trains run from the airport to the centre of Berlin.

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