How can I get to the start with public transportation?
Start area: StraÃŸe des 17. Juni, between Brandenburg Gate and "Kleiner Stern". Nearest stops of public transportation:
Underground: FriedrichstraÃŸe (U6), Hauptbahnhof (U55), Bundestag (U55), Brandenburger Tor (U55), Potsdamer Platz (U2)
Regional trains: Hauptbahnhof (RE1, RE2, RE7, RB14), Potsdamer Platz (RE4, RE5)
(jeweils ca. 10-15 Minuten FuÃŸweg)
S-Bahn: Hauptbahnhof (S5, S7, S75, S9), Brandenburger Tor (S1, S2, S25), Potsdamer Platz (S1, S2, S25), FriedrichstraÃŸe (S1, S2, S25, S5, S7, S75, S9)
(always 10-15 minutes walk)
Where is the start?
The start area is located at StraÃŸe des 17. Juni ("Kleiner Stern") between Brandenburg Gate and SiegessÃ¤ule.
Can I get to the start by car?
No parking is available for this event. In addition, most of the roads leading to the starting area will be blocked. Please use public transportation.
What time I have to be there?
Please plan on leaving 1,5 to 2 hours early for the start â€“ it is a long way. Do not ruin your chances for a good race by having a hectic start or getting there too late.
Where can I drop off my clothing bag?
The tents for clothing drop-off will be open starting at 1:30 am between the Reichstag and the Chancellorâ€™s office (Yitzhak-Rabin-StraÃŸe, Platz der Republik).
Be sure to get there in a timely manner to avoid unnecessary stress before the race.
Be sure to also only use the clothing bag and label that you received at the expo.
Do not put any valuables or breakable items in your clothing bag. Either take them with you or leave them with your friends and family.
The event organiser is not responsible for any lost or damaged items.
Can I leave my luggage?
No, you may only drop off the bag we provided you with at the expo. There are luggage lockers in the Main Train Station (Hauptbahnhof)
Will there be toilets in the starting area?
Of course â€“ and plenty of them! Nonetheless, queues may still develop before the start, as everyone will be nervous.
When is the start?
Is there a time limit?
Yes, the time limit is 2:30 h net.
If you have to drop out:
There will be a bus at the back of the field that can pick you up. Or you can take the subway for free. The bib number is valid for travel (but only for those who have dropped out of the race!)
Will there be a warm-up zone?
There will be a warm-up zone at John-Foster-Dulles-Allee in the north of the start area. Please use only this area to warm-up.
Are there starting blocks?
Yes. The starting blocks are organised by your best marathon times in the last three years, as you stated on your registration. We only accept the times for finishing official 42.195 km races, no training times or calculated or expected times. The organiser reserves the right to accept or not accept a course. Participants with a personal best time below 1:26:00 h must be able to prove their time by certificate (only officially measured courses).
If this is your first marathon race, you will start in the last block (block F).
All participants deserve a fair race, so please be honest when you provide your race times on your registration, and enter the correct block on race day.
A women â€“ speed < 1:20:00 h
A men â€“ speed < 1:08:00 h (NEW!)
B â€“ fitness < 1:18:00 h
C â€“ fitness < 1:26:00 h
D â€“ fitness < 1:40:00 h
E â€“ fitness < 2:00:00 h
F â€“ fitness â‰¥ 2:00:00 h
Changes to your starting block are only possible upon proof!
How do I know in which starting block I have to start?
The letter on your race number indicates your starting block (A-F).
How do I get to the right starting block?
A detailled map will follow in the middle of September 2017.
Can I change my starting block?
You can only change your starting block upon presentation of proof of faster times!
You can submit your request here. In addition, there will be a booth at the Expo BERLIN VITAL where you can make last minute changes. In both cases, you will need written documentation to make a change!
Will you provide pacemakers?
A marathon guide service is offered by "Experts-in-Speedâ€‹â€‹". More information and registration is available in spring 2018 here.
Are Camelbags allowed on the course?
Camelbags, containing max. 2 liter liquids, are permitted.
Please note: to bring the camelbag into the start area, it has to be stowed in the transparent clothing bag.
List of prohibited articles in the start / finish area
The following items are prohibited for safety reasons in the start / finish area of â€‹â€‹ the exhibition ground.
• Weapons of any kind, including those items that are used as weapons, batons, shock and stabbing weapons or missiles.
• Gas spray cans, corrosive, flammable substances, dyestuffs or receptacles containing substances which are harmful to health or are highly flammable (exception: Standard pocket lighters).
• Bottles, cups, jugs, cans or other items that are made of glass or other fragile material.
• Bulky items such as ladders, stools, (folding) chairs, boxes
• Fireworks, flares, smoke powder and -bombs or other pyrotechnics.
• Flag or banner poles, which are longer than 1 m, or whose diameter is larger than 3 cm, and "double holders" (brought or approved flags and banners which have a "flame-retardant" material).
• Mechanically operated sound-emitting devices such as Megaphones, klaxons.
• Laser pointer.
• Larger quantities of paper and paper rolls.
Your bib number does provide for free transportation on the public transportation network, on the race day, September 15, 2018 from noon to 10 pm
Bibs must be worn on the chest so that your number is clearly visible. They may not be altered in any way