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All you need to know about the marathon

Only 5 weeks until the race. We receive many emails with many similar

questions. We would like to point you at our FAQ - the frequently asked

questions - and their answers. Please read through them before you send us an

email - maybe your question has already been answered.

Bambini run
About 800 metres, for children born in or after 1994. Registration of entries is on Saturday 28th September 2002 between 10 am and 2.30 pm at the MINI MARATHON booth in the Landesschulamt (Hall 9) at the marathon exhibition.

The start is at 3 pm in the Sommergarten near the Funkturm.

Berlin public transport tickets
You can buy Berlin public transport (BVG) tickets at the marathon exhibition. Only “dropouts” can travel back to the starting area free on the day of the race, their race numbers doubling as tickets.
Breakfast run
No registration needed. The start is from Schloss Charlottenburg at about 9.30 am and proceeds really slowly to the Olympic stadium. The whole family can come along. Bring musical instruments, whistles, flags, banners, and so on. It will be fun.
Can I change the registration from runner to inliner or vice versa?
No, because the limits for participants have already been reached.
Can I register online using an EC card, a remittance or a direct debit?
You can register online for a number of our events at using either a VISA, a Euro/Mastercard or American Express. Registrations using an EC card, by remittance or direct debit are not at present possible.
How can I rent a timing chip?
You can either pay a € 31.00 fee (deposit + hiring charge), for which you will be given a receipt. When you leave the running bib area after picking up your race number you will be given a timing chip in exchange for the receipt. Or - and this is new – order it from
I cannot find my name in the online list of starters
You only appear in the online list of starters after you have been assigned a race number, and this can take some time. It is only when you have been debited with your enrolment fee, or, when registering online, that you have received a confirmation and confirmation number, that you can be sure that your entry has been successful.

If you have not been debited or not received a confirmation and confirmation number you should send an email to: telling us when you registered and as many details as possible so that we can identify your registration.

I have moved, and my present address is different from that on the registration form. How should I inform you of my new address?
By mail at real,- BERLIN-MARATHON, Glockenturmstraße 23, 14055 Berlin, by fax at 030 - 30 12 88 20, or by email at
I really want to enter for the 29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2002
We are sorry to disappoint you, but we already have over 41,000 entrants and cannot accept any more entries. The official waiting list is also closed. We can only suggest the 30th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2003.
I sent off my entry registration a long time ago. When am I going to get a confirmation?
In August 2002, by mail. If your bank account has been debited with the entry fee, this is also a confirmation that you have entered.
I’m coming to Berlin late on Saturday, 28th September. How can I get my running bib?
Until 6 pm on 28th September 2002 at the marathon fair. Or you can have somebody pick it up for you, but they must show the original confirmation of entry.



I’m not from Berlin, and need somewhere to stay. Who can help me?
Our travel agent partner is bon voyage, and can be reached on the Internet at or telephone 030 821 9041, fax 030 821 9045.

You can also look for somewhere to stay using the Bettenbörse in our online forum.

Join the party
After the presentation of awards for the run and for the 75th German marathon championships, starting at 1 pm on Breitscheidtplatz near the Europacenter, the giant runners’ farewell disco gets off to a start at the Metropol in Nollendorfplatz. You will also meet the winners there from 11.00 pm.
List of provisional results
You will be able to buy a list of provisional results from the Tagesspiegel – our media partner – on the Monday after the run. Order forms for the list are either included in your entry documents or are available at the marathon fair.
Marathon souvenirs
There is a wide choice of adidas marathon souvenirs available before the event on the online souvenir shop or at the marathon fair. In your registration confirmation you will find a souvenir flyer.

Buy them online at

Mineral drinks?
There are Gatorade mineral drinks at the refreshment points at kilometres 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 39, and at the finish.
Pasta party
The pasta party is a lounge-style feed which is being held over three days. You will receive a coupon with your entry documents and can already load up on pasta at the marathon exhibition restaurant on Thursday between 2 pm and 6 pm.
Personal refreshments?
Your own refreshments can be brought to any of refreshment points along the course. You should hand in your refreshments – no glass, please – by 7.30 am on the morning of the race at the information centre in the starting area. However, there are so many personal refreshments that it will be quite difficult to find your own at the respective refreshment point.
Protective gear for skaters
Helmets are compulsory! Other protective gear (for hands, knees and elbows) is strongly recommended. (Insurance requirement)
Returning the chip
Chips can only be returned until 5 pm on the day of the event - 29th September 2002. There will be a van marked “Chiprückgabe” (Chip return) in the finish area. On handing in the chip, your € 25.00 deposit will be returned to you.
Schools’ MINI-MARATHON (4.2195 kilometres)
For children born in or before 1993, from kilometre 38 of the proper marathon course (Hohenzollerndamm) to the finish. Separate starts can be arranged for school teams. Entries must be made through the Landesschulamt Berlin by 10th September 2002. Entry forms are available on the Internet: Race numbers can be collected only at the Landesschulamt stand in Hall 9 at the marathon exhibition.
Skaters – what if it rains?
The race will still be started, and skaters should be particularly careful. There will be no refund of registration fees.
Starting groups
Coloured markings – corresponding to the best times given by participants – on the running bibs show participants which segment of the starting line-up they are entitled to start in.
The folk back home can see you in the outside broadcast between 8.30 am and 11.30 am. The Berlin regional TV channel will be broadcasting from 2 pm. Tell your friends and family. And don’t forget to smile!
Where do I collect my running bib?
At the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON exhibition on 26th September 2002, between 12.00 and 7.00 pm, and on 28th September 2002 from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm in the Berlin Messehallen on Messedamm.

You will receive further information with the confirmation of your registration.

Withdrawal from 29th real,- BERLIN-MARATHON 2002
Withdrawal is regulated as follows. In order to prevent a ‘black’ market, participants may not transfer their race numbers. An entrant can, for special reasons, which should be specified in the notification of withdrawal, withdraw up to five weeks prior to the run; i.e. before 24th August 2002. Notification of withdrawal can be by mail, fax or email. A € 25.00 share of the entry fee will then be refunded to the entrant. A number of (written, not online) applications for registration, which arrive after registrations have closed, will be put on the latecomers’ list. Places on the run that have become available because of withdrawals will be given to latecomers. 5 weeks before the event the remaining latecomers will be sent a written notification that their entries have not been accepted.