SCC EVENTS, organiser of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, recently announced the start of double Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) and the winner of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2021 Guye Adola (ETH) in the German capital. The field of top female runners is just as strong, promising an exciting race, as do the line-ups of wheelchair athletes, hand cyclists and skaters:
World-class female runners at the start
When more than 45,000 runners from about 150 nations compete in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 25, 2022, several big names will be lined up at the front of the starting line in the women's category. With the American Keira d'Amato (2:19:12 hours, Houston Marathon 2022, US record) and Nancy Jelagat Meto (KEN), two athletes are on the list with 2:19 times. Nancy Jelagat Meto seems to like the streets of Berlin, which she proved with her second-place finish at last year's GENERALI BERLIN HALF MARATHON. This was followed by a first-place finish at the Valencia Marathon in December in 2:19:31 hours. Nancy Jelagat Meto will have to keep an eye on her competitors Gutemi Shone Imana (ETH), Maurine Chepkemoi (KEN) and Workenesh Edesa (ETH), who are all capable of breaking the 2:20 barrier. Furthermore Sara Hall (USA, 2:20:32 hours) will be at the start. Rosemary Wanjiru (KEN) and Nigsti Haftu (ETH) will make their debuts.
Inline skaters field top line-up
In the men's inline skating competition, all eyes will be on Belgian Bart Swings of the Powerslide World Team. The seven-time winner of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON returns to Berlin as Olympic champion in speed skating. He will start next to Felix Rijhnen (GER), who won in 2019. They will face two dedicated skaters from Rollerblade World Team: 21-year-old Italian Matteo Barison, young, strong in sprinting and with a preference for flat, fast course profiles, and Frenchman Doucelin Pédicone, who has achieved several marathon victories (Paris, Madrid). Josie Hofmann, a German skater, has a good chance to finish at the front of the women's race. The Powerslide athlete will receive experienced support from her French team-mate Marie Dupuy. Team Rollerblade World will also provide strong competition with Veronica Luciani (ITA) and Alicia Delhommais (FRA). Also of interest: Berlin speed skater Michelle Uhrig.
By the way, it is still possible to register for the inline skating race until August 31.
Hand cyclists and wheelchair athletes
The good surface and the flat course make the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON an attractive event for wheelchair athletes and hand cyclists. Last year's Swiss winner Manuela Schär will be hoping to repeat her victory in a racing wheelchair. Also at the start: her compatriot Marcel Hug (Schär and Hug are both multiple Abbott World Marathon Majors Series Champions). Exceptional athlete and series winner Heinz Frei (CH) will be competing in the hand cyclists' competition this year, as will Berlin-born Vico Merklein (silver medallist at the 2021 Paralympics). Yvonne Pijahn of Germany, whose achievements include winning the European Cup in Prague, will be the one to watch in the women's competition. "We are really happy to be able to announce world-class athletes in all events, who will bring exciting entertainment to the streets of the capital and provide amazing athletic performances along with fascinating images from Berlin to share with the world," says Race Director Mark Milde.
Last starting places for runners via charity partners and tour operators
Run a marathon and do good at the same time! Whether for children with heart disease or for the protection of forests - for more and more runners it is not only about their own goal: to master the supreme discipline of running. That is why even those who have made up their minds at the last minute still have the opportunity to secure a charity starting place for this year's BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.
With an all-round carefree package, you don't have to worry about flights or hotel and thus have the chance to take part in the BMW BERLIN MARATHON 2022 even at short notice. Even if your home is far away on another continent. Our tour operators still have free and secure places for national and international participants, irrespective of the registration procedure and the entry draw.
|Nancy Jelagat Meto||KEN||2:19:31|
|Guteni Shone Imana||ETH||2:20:11|