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Berlin Half Marathon
DateApril
LocationBerlin, Germany
Event typeRoad
DistanceHalf marathon
Primary sponsorGenerali
Established1984
Course recordsMen's: 58:42 (2018)
Kenya Eric Kiptanui
Women's: 1:05:02 (2022)
Kenya Sheila Chepkirui
Official siteBerlin Half Marathon
Participants22,236 finishers (2022)
13,283 (2021)
28,729 (2019)
Berlin Half Marathon 2015: Esther Hidalgo (5th), Dennis Klusmann (93rd)
Berlin Half Marathon 2015: Esther Hidalgo (5th), Dennis Klusmann (93rd)
Leading inline skaters in 2012
Leading inline skaters in 2012

The Berlin Half Marathon is a major endurance event held annually in early spring in Berlin, Germany. Besides the runner's main race, the event includes a race for inline skaters, wheelchair athletes and handbikers. All athletes use the same course, which has the official half marathon distance of 21.0975 km.

The half marathon and the Berlin Marathon are hosted by the club SCC Berlin and organized by SCC EVENTS.[1] The half marathon is categorized as a Bronze Label Road Race by World Athletics.[2]

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Berlin

Berlin

Berlin is the capital and largest city of Germany by both area and population. Its 3.6 million inhabitants make it the European Union's most populous city, according to population within city limits. One of Germany's sixteen constituent states, Berlin is surrounded by the State of Brandenburg and contiguous with Potsdam, Brandenburg's capital. Berlin's urban area, which has a population of around 4.5 million, is the second most populous urban area in Germany after the Ruhr. The Berlin-Brandenburg capital region has around 6.2 million inhabitants and is Germany's third-largest metropolitan region after the Rhine-Ruhr and Rhine-Main regions.

Germany

Germany

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central Europe. It is the second most populous country in Europe after Russia, and the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany is situated between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south; it covers an area of 357,022 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), with a population of almost 84 million within its 16 constituent states. Germany borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands to the west. The nation's capital and most populous city is Berlin and its financial centre is Frankfurt; the largest urban area is the Ruhr.

Berlin Marathon

Berlin Marathon

The Berlin Marathon is a marathon event held annually on the streets of Berlin, Germany on the last weekend of September. Held annually since 1974, the event includes multiple races over the marathon distance of 42.195 kilometres (26.219 mi), including elite level road running competitions for men and women, a race for the public, an inline skating race, a wheelchair race, and a handcycle race.

SCC Berlin

SCC Berlin

SCC Berlin is a German sports club based in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin and founded in 1902 as Charlottenburger Sport-Club 1902. In 1911, they merged with Sport-Club Westen 05 and changed their club colors from yellow and blue to black and white.

World Athletics

World Athletics

World Athletics, formerly known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation and International Association of Athletics Federations is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and field, cross country running, road running, race walking, mountain running, and ultra running. Included in its charge are the standardization of rules and regulations for the sports, certification of athletic facilities, recognition and management of world records, and the organisation and sanctioning of athletics competitions, including the World Athletics Championships. The organisation's president is Sebastian Coe of the United Kingdom, who was elected in 2015 and re-elected unopposed in 2019 for a further four years.

History

The story of the Berlin half marathon reflects a major part of the history of the German capital. Its predecessors came from East and West Berlin. The race, as it exists today, arose in 1990 from the Berliner Friedenslauf (Berlin Peace Run) which took place in East Berlin since 1982 and the SCC Half Marathon in the western part of the city.

The Berliner Friedenslauf covered various distances, among others a 20-kilometre race and a marathon. The event was established by the government of the GDR and served not only as a sporting event but also as an important propaganda tool. The SCC Half Marathon on the other side had local character and was designed to be the final test in preparation for the Berlin marathon, which took place four weeks later.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the ensuing collapse of the GDR, the support for the Berliner Friedenslauf also diminished. So the former organizer Stefan Senkel quickly had to find a new partner to save the race. SCC-RUNNING, the organizer of the Berlin marathon, joined. Both parties agreed on one distance: a half marathon. Thus, there is only one major half marathon in Berlin since 1990.[3]

Over the years the Berlin half marathon increased in size and popularity. Today it is by far the biggest half marathon race in Germany, with a record 36,000 participants in 2018.[4]

The 40th anniversary of the Generali Berlin half marathon, which was planned to be held on April 5, 2020, was announced cancelled on 12 March. The decision came from the Berlin authorities as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak.[5]

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East Berlin

East Berlin

East Berlin was the de facto capital city of the German Democratic Republic from 1949 to 1990. Formally, it was the Soviet sector of Berlin, established in 1945. The American, British, and French sectors were known as West Berlin. From 13 August 1961 until 9 November 1989, East Berlin was separated from West Berlin by the Berlin Wall. The Western Allied powers did not recognize East Berlin as the GDR's capital, nor the GDR's authority to govern East Berlin. On 3 October 1990, the day Germany was officially reunified, East and West Berlin formally reunited as the city of Berlin.

West Berlin

West Berlin

West Berlin was a political enclave which comprised the western part of Berlin during the years of the Cold War; although the actual legal status of West Berlin was ambiguous, and the territorial claim by the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) was heavily disputed by the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countries, West Berlin aligned itself politically with the FRG in 1949. West Berlin was directly or indirectly represented in its federal institutions.

East Germany

East Germany

East Germany, officially the German Democratic Republic, was a country in Central Europe that existed from its creation on 7 October 1949 until its dissolution on 3 October 1990. In these years the country was a part of the Eastern Bloc in the Cold War. Commonly described as a communist state, it described itself as a socialist "workers' and peasants' state". With the Potsdam Agreement on 1 August 1945, its territory was administered and occupied by Soviet forces following the end of World War II in Europe—the Soviet occupation zone, bounded on the east by the Oder–Neisse line. The Soviet zone surrounded West Berlin but did not include it and West Berlin remained outside the jurisdiction of the GDR. Most scholars and academics describe the GDR as a totalitarian dictatorship.

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall was a guarded concrete barrier that divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. It encircled West Berlin, separating it from East German territory. Construction of the wall was commenced by the German Democratic Republic on 13 August 1961. The Wall cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany, including East Berlin. It included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, accompanied by a wide area that contained anti-vehicle trenches, beds of nails and other defenses.

Course records

Running

Inline Skating

  • Men: 0:30:11, Ewen Fernandez ( Netherlands), 2017
  • Women: 0:36:22, Jana Gegner ( Germany), 2005

Wheelchair

  • Men: 0:55:54, Tomasz Hamerlak ( Poland), 1997
  • Women: 0:56:54, Yvonne Sehmisch ( Germany), 2007

Handbike

  • Men: 0:32:47, Olaf Heine ( Germany), 2016
  • Women: 0:38:40, Christiane Reppe ( Germany), 2014

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Eric Kiptanui

Eric Kiptanui

Eric Kiptanui is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in road running.

Kenya

Kenya

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in East Africa. At 580,367 square kilometres (224,081 sq mi), Kenya is the world's 48th largest country by area. With a population of more than 47.6 million in the 2019 census, Kenya is the 29th most populous country in the world. Kenya's capital and largest city is Nairobi, while its oldest, currently second largest city, and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. Kisumu City is the third-largest city and also an inland port on Lake Victoria. Other important urban centres include Nakuru and Eldoret. As of 2020, Kenya is the third-largest economy in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and South Africa. Kenya is bordered by South Sudan to the northwest, Ethiopia to the north, Somalia to the east, Uganda to the west, Tanzania to the south, and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. Its geography, climate and population vary widely, ranging from cold snow-capped mountaintops with vast surrounding forests, wildlife and fertile agricultural regions to temperate climates in western and rift valley counties and dry less fertile arid and semi-arid areas and absolute deserts.

Sifan Hassan

Sifan Hassan

Sifan Hassan is an Ethiopian-born Dutch middle- and long-distance runner. She completed an unprecedented triple at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics winning gold medals in both the 5000 metres and 10,000 metres, and a bronze medal for the 1500 metres. Hassan is the only athlete in Olympic history to win medals across a middle-distance event and both long-distance races in a single Games. She is only the second woman to complete an Olympic distance double.

Netherlands

Netherlands

The Netherlands, informally Holland, is a country located in Northwestern Europe with overseas territories in the Caribbean. It is the largest of four constituent countries of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The Netherlands consists of twelve provinces; it borders Germany to the east, Belgium to the south, with a North Sea coastline to the north and west. It shares maritime borders with the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium in the North Sea. The country's official language is Dutch, with West Frisian as a secondary official language in the province of Friesland. Dutch Low Saxon and Limburgish are recognised regional languages, while Dutch Sign Language, Sinte Romani and Yiddish are recognised non-territorial languages. Dutch, English and Papiamento are official in the Caribbean territories.

Germany

Germany

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a country in Central Europe. It is the second most populous country in Europe after Russia, and the most populous member state of the European Union. Germany is situated between the Baltic and North seas to the north, and the Alps to the south; it covers an area of 357,022 square kilometres (137,847 sq mi), with a population of almost 84 million within its 16 constituent states. Germany borders Denmark to the north, Poland and the Czech Republic to the east, Austria and Switzerland to the south, and France, Luxembourg, Belgium, and the Netherlands to the west. The nation's capital and most populous city is Berlin and its financial centre is Frankfurt; the largest urban area is the Ruhr.

Poland

Poland

Poland, officially the Republic of Poland, is a country in Central Europe. It is divided into 16 administrative provinces called voivodeships, covering an area of 312,696 km2 (120,733 sq mi). Poland has a population of over 38 million and is the fifth-most populous member state of the European Union. Warsaw is the nation's capital and largest metropolis. Other major cities include Kraków, Wrocław, Łódź, Poznań, Gdańsk, and Szczecin.

Past winners

Patrick Makau Musyoki on the way to victory at the 2008 race
Patrick Makau Musyoki on the way to victory at the 2008 race

Running

Half Marathon

Year Men's winner Time Women's winner Time
2022  Alex Kibet (KEN) 58:55  Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 1:05:02
2021  Felix Kipkoech (KEN) 0:58:57  Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 1:05:16
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic[5]
2019  William Wanjiku (KEN) 1:01:00  Sifan Hassan (NED) 1:05:45
2018  Eric Kiptanui (KEN) 0:58:42  Melat Kejeta (ETH) 1:09:04
2017  Gilbert Masai (KEN) 0:59:57  Joan Chelimo (KEN) 1:08:45
2016  Richard Mengich [nl] (KEN) 0:59:58  Elizeba Cherono (NED) 1:10:43
2015  Birhanu Legese (ETH) 0:59:45  Cynthia Kosgei (KEN) 1:10:52
2014  Leonard Komon (KEN) 0:59:14  Tadelech Bekele (ETH) 1:10:05
2013  Jacob Kendagor (KEN) 0:59:36  Helah Kiprop (KEN) 1:07:54
2012  Dennis Kipruto (KEN) 0:59:14  Philes Ongori (KEN) 1:08:25
2011  Geoffrey Kipsang (KEN) 1:00:38  Valentine Kipketer (KEN) 1:10:12
2010  Eshetu Wondimu (ETH) 1:00:16  Paskalia Kipkoech (KEN) 1:09:43
2009  Bernard Kipyego (KEN) 0:59:34  Sabrina Mockenhaupt (GER) 1:08:45
2008  Patrick Makau (KEN) 1:00:00  Peninah Arusei (KEN) 1:08:22
2007  Patrick Makau (KEN) 0:58:56  Benita Johnson (AUS) 1:08:28
2006  Paul Kosgei (KEN) 0:59:07  Edith Masai (KEN) 1:07:16
2005  Paul Kimugul (KEN) 1:01:04  Luminita Zaituc (GER) 1:11:04
2004  Paul Kirui (KEN) 1:00:40  Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:09:49
2003  Paul Kirui (KEN) 1:01:05  Magdaline Chemjor (KEN) 1:11:12
2002  Peter Chebet (KEN) 1:01:19  Rose Cheruiyot (KEN) 1:09:32
2001  Fabián Roncero (ESP) 0:59:52  Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:09:37
2000  Joseph Mereng (KEN) 1:01:52  Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:08:22
1999  Benson Lokorwa (KEN) 1:03:25  Joyce Chepchumba (KEN) 1:10:26
1998  Andrew Eyapan (KEN) 1:03:59  Marleen Renders (BEL) 1:10:04
1997  Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM) 1:03:42  Marleen Renders (BEL) 1:10:37
1996  Charles Tangus (KEN) 1:02:50  Ursula Jeitziner (SUI) 1:11:19
1995  Philip Chirchir (KEN) 1:01:37  Sonja Krolik (GER) 1:11:42
1994  Tendai Chimusasa (ZIM) 1:01:45  Kathrin Weßel (GER) 1:10:47
1993  Carsten Eich (GER) 1:00:34  Päivi Tikkanen (FIN) 1:12:30
1992  Stephan Freigang (GER) 1:01:14  Maria Starovska (TCH) 1:12:08
1991  Rustam Shagiev (URS) 1:06:14  Madina Biktagirova (URS) 1:11:34
1990  Stephan Freigang (GDR) 1:02:25  Birgit Stephan (GDR) 1:14:20
1989  Andrzej Nowak (POL) 1:06:57  Silvia Wilhelm (FRG) 1:21:29
1988  Ingo Sensburg (FRG) 1:10:45  Kerstin Preßler (FRG) 1:13:05
1987  Ingo Sensburg (FRG) 1:09:43  Silvia Wilhelm (FRG) 1:17:19
1986  Ingo Sensburg (FRG) 1:06:33  Andrea Knapp (FRG) 1:19:49
1985  Ingo Sensburg (FRG) 1:07:39  Kerstin Preßler (FRG) 1:15:44
1984  Bernie Dowson (GBR) 1:06:51  Angelika Brandt (FRG) 1:22:45

Berlin Peace Run (20 kilometer)

Year Men's winner Time Women's winner Time
1989  Milan Krajč (TCH) 1:03:10  Galina Ikonnikowa (URS) 1:09:12
1988  Roland Günther (GDR) 1:00:23  Annette Fincke (GDR) 1:10:03
1987  Jörg Peter (GDR) 1:00:10  Rosemarie Kössler (GDR) 1:16:01
1986  Jan Marchewka (POL) 1:02:57  Jeannette Hain (GDR) 1:11:09
1985  Michael Heilmann (GDR) 1:00:54  Galina Ikonnikowa (URS) 1:10:56
1984  Roland Günther (GDR) 1:00:51  Galina Ikonnikowa (URS) 1:08:36
1983  Michael Heilmann (GDR) 1:03:03  Julia Riethmüller (GDR) 1:17:11
1982  Hartmut Tronnier (GDR) 1:03:13  Julia Riethmüller (GDR) 1:15:46

Inline Skating

Year Men's winner Time Women's winner Time
2022  Felix Rijhnen (GER) 33:49  Josie Hofmann (GER) 37:53
2021  Bart Swings (BEL) 29:38  Sandrine Tas (BEL) 36:12
2020 cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic[5]
2019  Nolan Beddiaf (FRA) 30:41  Chloé Geoffroy (FRA) 36:59
2018  Sebastian Mirsch (GER) 32:31  Katharina Rumpus (GER) 38:48
2017  Ewen Fernandez (FRA) 30:11  Katharina Rumpus (GER) 37:25
2016  Gary Hekman (NED) 30:35  Sandrine Tas (BEL) 36:49
2015  Felix Rijhnen (GER) 36:39  Sabine Berg (GER) 41:33
2014  Felix Rijhnen (GER) 31:34  Katharina Rumpus (GER) 36:46
2013  Julien Levrard (FRA) 32:07  Katharina Rumpus (GER) 38:47
2012  Bart Swings (BEL) 30:41  Cecilia Banea (COL) 39:29
2011  Yann Guyader (FRA) 30:44  Mareike Thum (GER) 37:25
2010  Severin Widmer (SUI) 35:10  Cecilia Banea (COL) 43:31
2009  Alexis Contin (FRA) 31:48  Cecilia Banea (COL) 38:28
2008  Scott Arlidge (NZL) 34:11  Hilde Goovaerts (BEL) 38:16
2007  Niclas Kleyling (GER) 32:08  Jana Gegner (GER) 40:02
2006  Victor Wilking (GER) 33:04  Jana Gegner (GER) 39:58
2005  Sutton Atkins (GBR) 34:04  Jana Gegner (GER) 36:22
2004  Jörg Wecke (GER) 35:37  Britta Vantournhout (BEL) 40:21
2003  Kalon Dobbin (NZL) 37:21  Silvia Niño (COL) 44:41
2002  Kalon Dobbin (NZL) 35:37  Silvia Niño (COL) 35:47
2001  Steven Madsen (DEN) 34:36  Stephanie Pipke (GER) 38:35
2000  Steven Madsen (DEN) 36:28  Severin Stölzer (GER) 37:04
1999  Kalon Dobbin (NZL) 37:55  Daniela Dietzold (GER) 46:40
1997  Sebastian Baumgartner (GER) 44:55  Tina Pechardscheck (GER) 51:14

[6] [7]

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Patrick Makau Musyoki

Patrick Makau Musyoki

Patrick Makau Musyoki is a runner from Kenya. He is a former world record holder in the marathon—His time of 2:03:38, run at the 2011 Berlin Marathon, was the world record for two years, until it was beaten by Wilson Kipsang Kiprotich at the 2013 Berlin Marathon. He is also notable for his half marathon performances, having won a number of prominent competitions in Europe in sub-1-hour performances.

Joyciline Jepkosgei

Joyciline Jepkosgei

Joyciline Jepkosgei is a Kenyan female long-distance runner who competes over distances from 10,000 metres to the marathon. She is the former half marathon world record holder in contests with mixed-gender fields with her personal best of 64:51 minutes, and additionally the former world record holder in the 10 km with 29:43 minutes. She was a bronze medallist over 10,000 m at the African Championships in Athletics in 2016. Jepkosgei ran a world record for the half marathon of 1:04:52 at the Prague Half Marathon in April 2017, becoming the first woman ever to break 65 minutes. She also unofficially broke the IAAF-ratified records for 10 km, 15 km and 20 km along the way, breaking a total of four world records in a single event. She became the first Kenyan ever to break six world records in six months.

COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The novel virus was first identified from an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Attempts to contain failed, allowing the virus to spread to other areas of Asia and later worldwide. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a public health emergency of international concern on 30 January 2020 and a pandemic on 11 March 2020. As of 24 November 2022, the pandemic had caused more than 639 million cases and 6.62 million confirmed deaths, making it one of the deadliest in history.

Eric Kiptanui

Eric Kiptanui

Eric Kiptanui is a Kenyan long-distance runner who specializes in road running.

Joan Chelimo

Joan Chelimo

Joan Chelimo Melly is a Kenyan and Romanian female long-distance runner who competes in road running competitions. She is the 2018 Prague Half Marathon Champion and the winner of other prestigious road races such as Berlin Half Marathon, Boston 10K and Boston Half Marathon.

Birhanu Legese

Birhanu Legese

Birhanu Legese Gurmesa is an Ethiopian long-distance runner. He is currently part of the NN Running Team, which is managed by Global Sports Communication.

Leonard Komon

Leonard Komon

Leonard Patrick Komon is a Kenyan professional long-distance runner and was the world record holder in the 10 kilometres. His 10K world record in 2010 with a time of 26:44 is a 17 seconds improvement on the previous best. He won a half marathon with 59:14 in 2014 (Berlin), which was the fastest debut half marathon in history at the time.

Helah Kiprop

Helah Kiprop

Helah Kiprop Jelagat is a Kenyan professional long-distance runner who competes in the half marathon and marathon. Her personal bests for the events are 1:07:39 minutes and 2:21:27 hours, respectively.

Dennis Kipruto Kimetto

Dennis Kipruto Kimetto

Dennis Kipruto Kimetto is a Kenyan long distance runner who competes in road running events. He was the world record holder in the men's marathon with a time of 2 hours 2 minutes 57 seconds, a record which he held until Eliud Kipchoge broke it in 2018 with a time of 2:01:39.

Philes Ongori

Philes Ongori

Philes Moora Ongori is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in half marathon and marathon events.

Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech

Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech

Paskalia Chepkorir Kipkoech is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes mainly in half marathon races. Her personal best of 67:17 minutes ranks her within the top twenty all-time for the distance. She was the bronze medallist at the 2012 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships.

Bernard Kipyego

Bernard Kipyego

Bernard Kiprop Kipyego is a Kenyan long-distance runner who competes in the marathon. His personal best for the event is 2:06:22 hours. He has reached the podium at the Amsterdam Marathon, Chicago Marathon, Boston Marathon, Paris Marathon and Tokyo Marathon.

Source: "Berlin Half Marathon", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2022, November 25th), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Half_Marathon.

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References
  1. ^ Wenig, Jorg (2010-03-28). Wondimu ends Kenyan streak, Kipkoech takes women’s race in Berlin - UPDATED. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-03-29.
  2. ^ "Events Calendar | World Athletics".
  3. ^ History of the Berlin Half Marathon
  4. ^ 2018 Berlin Half Marathon news
  5. ^ a b c "Event Update". Berlin Half Marathon. 17 December 2020. Retrieved 26 April 2021.
  6. ^ Berlin Half Marathon Results archive
  7. ^ Berlin Half Marathon Numbers and records
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