The Berlin Marathon, which is currently known as BMW Berlin Marathon for sponsorship reasons, is an annual marathon running event that takes place in Berlin, Germany. The race is conducted every year during in the last weekend of September and it is one of the six World Marathon Majors.
The Berlin marathon is considered as one of the largest and one of the most popular road races in the world. The race attracts over 40,000 participants and a record 36,848 finished the race in 2015. It is also one of the most attended sporting event with more than one million spectators.
This marathon is well known for its flat track and mild weather conditions and is considered as one of the fastest course. The last six men's marathon world records have been set here. The current course record of 2:02:57, which is also the current world record, was set by Dennis Kipruto Kimetto of Kenya in 2014. Mizuki Noguchi of Japan holds the current course record for women at 2:19:12 which was set at 2005.
The course from the start of the event till the year 1990 was completely set within West Berlin. After the unification in 1990, the course was modified to include both parts of the city.