The mythical messenger who carried the news of victory from Marathon was
portrayed on the medal for the first BERLIN MARATHON on October 13, 1974.
Certainly, no one knew then that this premiere would be the start of a new era
in running in Berlin.
year, the event that is well known far beyond the borders of the city will take
place for the 31st time.
And there is no end of the enthusiasm—of both the athletes and the
spectators—in sight. The BERLIN MARATHON is a very successful event, with
the top international athletes participating year after year.
The success of this prestigious running event is also in part due to the
fact that other disciplines are excellently integrated into the marathon
course—I’m thinking of the inline skating and power walking. I
would also like to especially emphasize that wheelchair athletes have been
mastering the over 42 km course since 1981.
I am certain that all of the participants can expect to experience not only
an excellently organised sporting event at the 31st real,- BERLIN MARATHON, but
that they will also enjoy a course that is a tourist attraction, as well,
passing by numerous historical sights of Berlin.
The capital city and the spectators are eagerly looking forward to the 31st
real,- BERLIN MARATHON. As the honorary host of this event, I am confident that
again this year many athletes and guests from all around the world will find
their way here to Berlin.
The federal chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany