Even though there are still almost five months to go before the 28th real,-
BERLIN MARATHON takes place on 30 September 2001, the organisers are
experiencing a record number of entries.
So far, organisers SCC have received 14,478 registrations from 59 countries
- a massive increase on the 5,283 registrations this time last year.
Just over half the registrations were submitted on-line. At this rate, last
years record number of participants - 34,090 runners from 83 countries - looks
set to be broken soon.
The organisers felt it necessary to set the following upper limits:
6,000 inline skaters
250 power walkers
Once these limits are reached, no more registrations will be accepted. We
therefore recommend that you register as soon as possible to avoid
Potsdamer Platz makes its return to the marathon course
This year the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON course has been changed slightly at
several points making it both faster and more attractive.
Following the completion of construction work at Potsdamer Platz, the race
will return to the route it had to leave five years ago.
These changes mean that a total of six corners have been done away with, one
of which was so sharp that it forced inline skaters and wheelchair athletes to
reduce their speed considerably. This will also please the runners, who
achieved world records in Berlin 1998 and 1999, and will no doubt help then to
improve on their previous results. The routing via Potsdamer Platz means that a
host of attractive sights will be included, amongst others the Philharmonic
Hall, the State Library and the New National Gallery. All of this will bring in
additional highligts to what is already a very attractive course.