Berlin Marathon 2013

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31/10/2012 at 10:45

Hi, thought I'd start this thread - as I didn't see any others out there yet.

I've just booked my flights with Lufthansa this morning and am already looking forward to next Autumn. Accomodation already sorted.

I love Berlin and the marathon is a special event. 2012 was superb, great weather, fantastic crowd. The entry experience was bizarre and incredibly quick to fill this year - it's no wonder it's increasingly popular though.

Anyone else in for it?!

31/10/2012 at 14:53

I managed to register a place and apparently all pre-registration were filled up in 3 hours. 

31/10/2012 at 15:16

i've registered too -if anyone can recommend any good but not too expensive hotels let me know. Last time I was in Berlin for the marathon in 09, we were sleeping above a night club and I managed about 45 mins sleep before the alarm went off!

31/10/2012 at 15:36

IM2 - I'm in

I know that quite a few people have had their confirmations and paid their money but it looks like they're going through in order of pre-registration.

I only just got in at the 110E mark, so I may be waiting a bit longer

31/10/2012 at 15:48

That's spooky - my email from then just arrived in my inbox! My email also says 110 euros - is that the price everybody pays or does it go up in increments? I donlt remember it being that much ...

31/10/2012 at 15:51

KarenG - There were waves, depending on how quickly you got in. I think it was 65, 85 and 100 E (but I stand to be corrected).

When it sells out in 3.5 hours though, you get what you're given

31/10/2012 at 15:56

I signed up for this and got a place at €110. I'm not 100% sure if I'll actually go through with it though. Does anybody know would it be a problem to sell on my bib if I didn't go? €110 is quite a bit to pay if you don't turn up on the day!

31/10/2012 at 19:09

Hi Orbutt - just got mine and I was in the 90 Euro group. Expensive when you add the t-shirts (and I'm a sucker for them...) I've also just bought the flights today, so an expensive day, marathon-wise!

Karen - that's grim. I booked with airbnb.com this year, stayed in a really cool place in Keuzberg for £27/night. Check it out for a slightly more residential (and affordable) place where you're more likely to be able to sort your own food on the morning of the run... And wherever you book - remember to read the reviews and take earplugs just in case!

Gerry, I don't think you can, have you checked out the website?

31/10/2012 at 19:38

Hi all,

I'm another one in for Berlin. Really looking forward to it! Flights and accommodation all sorted out. There's also an event on Facebook for anyone that's want to join that too... people are discussing accommodation etc but I think booking.com or airbnb are your best bets.

I also received my pre reg docs today and am fully signed up!

31/10/2012 at 20:03

I'm in! I booked my flights just now, flying with Lufthansa. Now looking at accommodation options, all seems quite pricey if you're not staying in a hostel! I am really excited about doing this, but at the moment I'm thinking how quickly all the costs add up! Oh well, once in a lifetime and all that!

31/10/2012 at 20:03

Got my sign up email this afternoon, so all paid up. 110e plus T-shirt (me too Iain )

Ready to go.

BTW, how do they allocate starting pens? I was expecting to opt for a pen, like Paris, but aside from asking for my previous time there was no way of knowing how I might do.

31/10/2012 at 22:53

Still haven't had my email 

01/11/2012 at 09:28
RC - no worries. They weren't supposed to come til next week anyway.

Orbutt - I think you find out closer to the time. It's weird - you're judged on past performance as opposed to what you hope for. I suppose that does get rid of the Great North Run issue of passing slow people all the way to the end...
01/11/2012 at 09:29
Emmy - 'event on Facebook' - does that mean we non-Facebookers are missing out?!
01/11/2012 at 11:31

quick question re Berlin. Assuming it starts at 9am. If i run it in 5 hours can i make to Tegal by say 4-4.30pm? Is the metro system quick? (like London)

01/11/2012 at 11:37

Hi All, just signed up. One of the lucky one's I guess as I managed a 60E slot. Ordered the Finishers T-shirt as well.

Orbutt- Think they base your pen by your previous time, seems like they did that with me last 2 years.

01/11/2012 at 11:50

DW - thanks. Can you swap pens if you 'improve' in the meantime?

01/11/2012 at 12:02

Orbutt- I know of someone who 'upgraded' their pen at Berlin by taking proof of their time of a marathon they did after entering.

01/11/2012 at 12:44

The Jimbob - the metro system doesn't actually go to the airport.You'll need to get a bus which you can get from Unter den Linden (close to the finish) however, you will want to check bus timetables as Unter den Linden is also part of the marathon course so diversions will definitely be on that day.

David & IM2 - I see you both couldn't resist another stab at it!

01/11/2012 at 13:22

Johnas- Really enjoyed this years race evren though I was 1 min 45 secs out of a pb. Really going to try and smash my pb at Berlin next year. Enjoyed the post marathon beers with Iain and it was a pitty we didn't get to meet up with the rest of the guys at the georgbraeu. We enjoyed a few there before we headed into Berlin for a few more.

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