Be a Berlin legend!

Be a Berlin legend!

This is your ROAD 2 BERLIN LEGEND

Let’s keep on rolling to your Road 2 Berlin Legend


Some skate all the way to the finish line going 60 km/h, others prefer to enjoy the music and party atmosphere at the back of the field. And that’s a good thing.

Because no matter what your motivation and goals are, when you participate in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating, it becomes your very own Road 2 Berlin Legend! Many people have already skated this course and have their own story to tell about the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating.

In the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to some skaters from all over the world and accompany them on their journeys.

Let us inspire you. And let’s keep on rolling!

The Road 2 Berlin Legend is various!

Our series: Faces and Skate Stories

Pawel Ciężki is skating his Road 2 Berlin legend 2022
  • For Pawel from Poland, the outstanding feeling of freedom and his constant improvements in skating technique are what make inline skating so appealing.


    • Name: Pawel Ciężki 

    • Year of birth: 1991 
    • Place of residence: Kraków
    • Inline skater since: 1999 
    • Motivation to skate: Inline skating is a great balance to the stress of everyday life at work
    • Quote: "The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating is simply a celebration of our sport."


  • At the age of 7, I got my first inline skates as a present from my uncle and was immediately enthusiastic about it. 


    After the initial excitement, this overriding feeling of freedom quickly prevailed when I was on my skates. This feeling has remained to the present and gives me the opportunity to find balance in my strenuous everyday professional life. 

    To stay fit, I like to cycle or go running in the Tatra Mountains with my girlfriend. And even though I'm quite happy with my skating technique, focusing on technique is an important part of any training. There is endless potential for improvement. For everyone.


    For me, Berlin is THE marathon of the year and it also marks the end of the season. 


    The atmosphere of this professional sporting event is palpable for every participant: no matter if you are a professional or an amateur. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating is simply a celebration of our sport.


    My personal tip for newcomer


    Try "using" the group. It's simply fun to skate in a "peloton" – you can go faster and save a lot of energy.



Hiroki Totori is one of the Embassadors for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2022
  • “Look at me! I’m so cool!” 

    These were the thoughts of 3-year-old Hiroki, who tried Inline-Skating for the first time.


    • Name: Hiroki Totori 

    • Year of birth: 1981 
    • Place of residence: Tokyo
    • Inline skater since: 1984 
    • Motivation to skate: Skating is so much fun. Everyday it gets more fun.
    • Quote: “Please don’t hesitate to join the line. There are so many skaters, so that you will surely find your rivals, friends and the best memories.”


  • “Skating is so much fun. Everyday it gets more fun.”


    So Hiroki continued with this “cool sport” and made it to the National Team of Japan.
    When he is on skates he finds new ideas every time. Besides skating, he also does Cycling to keep fit and even more challenging: vertical running, also known as “tower running”. In this competitive sport, the staircase becomes the track. Hiroki “always loves to talk with coaches and athletes from other sports as well.”

    For Hiroki, the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inlineskating is comparable to World Championships, as all the strongest skaters participate. “But even nevertheless, it’s the most fun race in the world and it makes me very motivated.”


    Hiroki’s personal tip


    “Please don’t hesitate to join the line. There are so many skaters, so that you will surely find your rivals, friends and the best memories.”



  • Viktoria was already standing on wheels by the time she was seven - although they were still arranged side by side then and the movements were more artful and graceful.

    But it wasn’t long before she also discovered the racy shoes with the wheels “in line” and found her love of speed skating.


    • Name: Viktoria Hartmann
       
    • Year of birth: 1992
       
    • Place of residence: Düsseldorf 
       
    • Inline skater since: 1999
       
    • Motivation to skate: The indescribable feeling of absolute freedom
       
    • Motivation to skate the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in 2022: to finish the season and enjoy the legendary party on Saturday evening
       
    • Quote: "The atmosphere on the streets and along the course is always incomparable in Berlin. I still get goosebumps when I think about the music and the countdown at the start."


  • “Exploring the city at full speed - amazing!”


    Vicky is motivated by this indescribable “feeling of absolute freedom. Exploring the world like that, testing limits and getting faster is simply fun.” That was true then and is still now.

     


    Being fit through diverse training


    Since Viktoria is currently not actively competing, she can simply glide along and “100% enjoy every moment on skates—like at the Rollnacht Düsseldorf, for example.” Or together with the motivation squad at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. “Fortunately, you don’t forget the technique of skating so easily.”

    To keep fit beyond that, Vicky likes to ride on a racing bike, go running and do yoga and calisthenics.


    “The atmosphere on the streets and along the course is always incomparable in Berlin. I still get goosebumps when I think about the music and the countdown at the start.”


    The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is also the perfect event for Vicky to round off the season and meet up with all her friends and acquaintances from the inline scene once again “before it’s time for the winter break, so to say.” And don’t forget, of course, the great atmosphere at the legendary marathon party after the race—which was a very pleasant surprise the first time she participated.

    Vicky’s personal tip to newcomers to the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating:

    “Keep calm and skate on. The most important thing is not to make yourself crazy and to assess your own performance realistically so that you don’t start off too fast at the beginning. The general conditions of an event like this help ‘push’ one’s own performance quite a bit, so everyone who trains regularly or takes part in an inline skating event, such as the Rollnacht Düsseldorf, is sure to reach the finish line. Good luck, everyone!”



  • In 2019, a childhood dream came true for Felix.

    But even that was far from the end for the 32-year-old skater....


    • Name: Felix Rijhnen
    • Year of birth: 1990

    • Place of residence: Darmstadt

    • Profession: Police Superintendent

    • Team: Powerslide Racing

    • Inline skater: since 1995

    • First marathon in: 2001

    • BMW BERLIN-MARATHON participation(s): 12

    • Motivation to skate: Freedom, speed, elegance

    • Motivation to skate the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in 2022: Hells Bells at the start and the ride through the Brandenburg Gate

  • “For me, it means pure excitement every time I stand at the start and ‘Hells Bells’ sound from the loudspeakers,” says Felix Rijhnen, who never tires of competing in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, even after twelve times: “The marathon is simply the supreme discipline for me.” Felix is considered to be the most successful German skater—and not just since 2019, when he became the first German ever to win the men’s race at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. Felix lives for the sport. Even at 32, he is far from reaching the end of his career. His motivation still knows no bounds, as does his infectious enthusiasm and positive charisma.


    Victory in Berlin was the fulfillment of his childhood dream


    His unwavering willpower took Felix all the way to Beijing. Not at all surprisingly for many, he qualified for the German Olympic team in speed skating and showed that he is still a force to be reckoned with in the years to come.

    But his heart—as he emphasises again and again—lies with inline speed skating. He has been doing this sport since he was five years old. In the course of his career, he has collected many titles and medals at European Championships. In 2017, he won his first gold medal at the World Championships in the 10,000-point race, and a year later he won the World Championship title in the marathon.

    Winning the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON had a very special significance for him. “To someday win the biggest marathon in the world one day was something I dreamed of since I first participated, and that that happened in 2019 was simply phenomenal,” says Felix.


    Victory in Berlin was the fulfillment of his childhood dream


    For Felix, it is clear that every skater should participate in Berlin at least once.

    It makes no difference to him what time you finish with: “The ride through the Brandenburg Gate simply can’t be topped.”



  • Sebastian Becker came to inline skating via running. Actually, he wanted to run a (running) marathon and had trained hard for it.

    Then everything changed...  


    • Name: Sebastian Becker 
       
    • Place of residence: Hürth near Cologne
       
    • Inline skater since: 2002
       
    • First marathon in 2005
       
    • BMW BERLIN MARATHON participations in total: 12
       
    • Motivation to skate: Why run when you can also roll!
       
    • Motivation to skate the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in 2022: Skating, meeting old friends, partying.
       
    • Quote: "Definitely sign up and participate!"


  • Why run - when you can also roller-skate!


    Sebastian came to inline skating through running. Actually, he wanted to run a (running) marathon and had been training hard for it when a friend recommended that he try the distance on skates first. "Just to know what I was getting myself into," says Sebastian. And that's exactly what he did - and has never "run" the marathon since!

    To stay fit and improve, Sebastian rides his racing bike, goes for running and, in bad weather, sometimes to the gym. But nothing beats the "rush of speed in the great outdoors. As soon as the weather somehow suits, I have to get out on skates!"

    The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inlineskating is the highlight of the year for Sebastian: "Skating, meeting old friends, partying. The whole scene meets there, from the pros to the ambitious recreational athletes to the rookies! And everyone has the same goal: to get to the Brandenburg Gate with lots of fun!

    And slipstreaming is even more fun when there are so many participants! That's exactly why his personal tip for every newcomer is: 

    "Make sure you register and join in!"



  • When “Angie” got on her skates for the first time, she was four and a little bit scared of falling and refused to try it.

    But as soon as she put the skates on, things changed…


    • Name:  Angelina Wong
       
    • Age: 35 
       
    • Residence: Hong Kong 
       
    • Skating Since: 1991

  • When “Angie” got on her skates for the first time, she was four and a little bit scared of falling and refused to try it. But as soon as she put the skates on, she already knew how to skate and on that day she even learnt how to do backwards.


    “Exploring the city at full speed - amazing!”


    Vicky is motivated by this indescribable “feeling of absolute freedom. Exploring the world like that, testing limits and getting faster is simply fun.” That was true then and is still now.

     


    “Skating is part of my life already and I would like to spread this passion to everyone and everywhere.


    If she is not skating, she sometimes goes to the gym to stay fit and for improving her skating, she is watching a lot of videos and also signed as an international judge. For Angie, the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON ist the most important event in the year.

    „It is the biggest inline skating marathon in the world, Berlin has the best surface of the road, also the atmosphere is super good and it’s a yearly celebration already.“
    She also says that riding through the city is like a history lesson on fast forward for her as she passes by the many sights. 

    Angie is not only an enthusiastic participant in skate events herself. She is considered "the queen on wheels" in China, there is hardly any event there that is not organised by and with her.

    She infects everyone with her passion, politicians and athletes alike. She is also very committed to young people on wheels.

    Angie’s tip if you want to go to Berlin: “Get prepared well with a lot of space in your phone because I am sure you will take a lot of photos.” 



  • Skating pushed Thomas alias “Rocketman” a little bit out of his comfort zone. Now, skating is a big part in his life.

    In Denmark, he is engaged as a coach to give back, what it has given to him.


    • Name: Thomas Collin
       
    • Nickname: Rocketman 
       
    • Born in 1968
       
    • Residence: Denmark
       
    • Inlineskating since 2010
       
    • Personal  tip to a newcomer of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inlineskating:  
      “Just do it… Everyone can participate no matter how fast you are. Come to the biggest family party on skates. There's room for everyone.”


  • “It started with Friday Night Skate and ended with BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inlineskating and 24 h in Le Mans.”


    Skating pushed Thomas a little bit out of his comfort zone but it was also very exciting. 
    Night Skating through Copenhagen was a good opportunity to get used to it. 

    “Now, akating is a big part of my life and it’s a big motivation to give back to the sport as a coach, what it has given to me. And also to see people's joy when they achieve their dreams.”

    Skating, biking and some dryland exercises help him to keep in shape. To get better on  skates, he is doing a lot of the basic technical exercises over and over again.
     


    “If I had to pick one race to participate in all season, it would definitely be in Berlin. It's the skating party of the year and it gives a great end to the skating season.”


    Thomas’ personal tip to a newcomer of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inlineskating: 

    “Just do it… Everyone can participate no matter how fast you are. Come to the biggest family party on skates. There's room for everyone. If you're not sure about getting around on your own, just sign up with Experts Marathon Guiding Service... they will help you through in the time you want, making the experience even better.”



  • Simply skating is not enough for Claus Vogel aka "Big Birdy".'

    He likes company.  And the founder of Rollnacht Düsseldorf has plenty of that....


    • Name: "Big Birdy" Claus Vogel
       
    • Place of residence: Düsseldorf
       
    • Year of birth: a good one!
       
    • Inline skater since: 1980 Quads, 1996 Inline
       
    • Quote: "Just do it! If you participate regularly in inline skating nights, you will also be able to handle the marathon distance of 42.1 kilometres in under two hours. Everyone should experience the atmosphere for themselves at least once and just do it."

  • The group DUSFOR in Düsseldorf, then the nucleus of unorganised inline skating, motivated him to skate and to found Rollnacht Düsseldorf, which now has up to 5,000 regular participants. Back then, "Big Birdy", as Claus is also called, enjoyed the freedom of cruising through his own city as well as when travelling with his friends in boxer shorts and sweatshirt, jumping over stairs, going up and down hills and filming videos while doing so. Today, he still does it just like that - only with protective equipment and a helmet.


    Conquering the world on skates together with friends.


    To keep fit, Claus also goes to the gym, does yoga and rides his bike, with the attitude: "Just for fun, move freely!"

    His favorite places to be are at the inline skate nights in Düsseldorf, Münster, Munich, Hanover, Brussels and Paris. And, of course, on vacation in Dubai, Ibiza, or France.

     


    "The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON Inline Skating means relaxation. Just let it roll!"


    "Berlin is the absolute highlight of the season, a MUST for every inline skater," says Claus. For the 11th time, after a successful season as an organiser of Rollnacht Düsseldorf, here he can simply enjoy skating with his "motivation squad" at the end of the field to help them experience the feeling of joy when they reach the finish.

    His training tip for perseverance: "Just do it! If you regularly take part in an inline skating night, you can also complete the marathon distance of 42.1 kilometres in under two hours.

    Everyone should experience the atmosphere for themselves at least once and just do it."



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