The ballot for the 2019 Berlin Marathon is now open

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Following Eliud Kipchoge’s amazing world-record breaking run in Berlin this year, setting a new record of 2:01:39 all eyes are on the 2019 Berlin Marathon. Known to be one of the fastest marathons in the world if you fancy your chances running next year’s race, here’s everything you need to know about entering the ballot.

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When does the 2019 Berlin Marathon ballot open?

The ballot opened on Wednesday 17 October 2018 and closes on Wednesday 7 November 2018. With a limit of 44,000 runners, Berlin marathon spots are pretty in-demand. You can enter the ballot here. You will receive an email confirming your entry into the ballot straight away.

When will the 2019 Berlin Marathon take place?

The 2019 BMW Berlin Marathon will take place on Sunday 29 September 2019. It has not yet been announced which elite runners will take on the challenge, but it is often a popular race.

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How much does it cost to run the 2019 Berlin Marathon?

If you are successful in the ballot, the registration fee for the Berlin Marathon is €125 which at the time of writing coverts to £109.67.

When will the ballot results be announced?

The ballot results will be announced between Monday 29 November and Saturday 3 December 2018.

How does the ballot work?

The Berlin Marathon uses the same entry drawing procedure as other marathon events at the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series.

In the single runners entry, you will be required to submit all your relevant data during the registration phase, including your payment details. If you are successful in the ballot, your card will be charged and it will not be possible to transfer or cancel your race entry, so make sure you’re 100% certain before submitting your entry. If you are not successful in the ballot, your payment information will be deleted.

If you plan on running with a group of two to three runners, then you can enter as a team, although your team can be a maximum of three runners.

How can you get a guaranteed place for the 2019 Berlin Marathon?

If you’re 100% sure you want to run next year’s Berlin Marathon, you can enter under a guaranteed starting spot. This is also valid for larger groups who want to run together.

There are two options when it comes to getting a guaranteed place – entering with a tour operator, or getting a charity place. Tour operators offer race spots as part of a holiday package, which you can often pay for in instalments up to the race.

Similar to other major marathons, charity places are also available, giving you a guaranteed marathon place in exchange for fundraising for a good cause.

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What are the Good for Age options at the 2019 Berlin Marathon?

Known as the ‘fast runners’ route, fast runners can secure a guaranteed place for the 2019 Berlin Marathon if they can prove they have finished an AIMS-certified marathon in the last two years (2017/2018) in a certain time. These times are as follows:

Male runners:

18-44 (DOB 2001-1975): under 2:45 hours

45-59 (DOB 1794-1960): under 2:55 hours

60 and above (DOB 1959 and older): under 3:25 hours

Female runners:

18-44 (DOB 2001-1975): under 3:00 hours

45-59 (DOB 1794-1960): under 3:20 hours

60 and above (DOB 1959 and older): under 4:10 hours

The ballot for fast runner places also opened on Wednesday 17 October 2018 and closes on Wednesday 7 November 2018.

If I get in on the ballot, where can I get my race number from?

Similar to other marathons, you will be required to pick up your bib number at the Berlin Marathon expo, which will be open from Thursday 26 September 2019 and Saturday 28 September 2019. Group pick-ups or getting another person to get your number for you will not be permitted.  

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