Altogether, registered to go and conquer their goals and dreams, will be 40,987 runners from 125 countries, plus about 6,000 inline skaters and about 11,000 participants in the Breakfast Run, over 8,000 in the school mini-MARATHON, and more than 1,000 kids at the Bambini Run. It is expected that over-65,000 athletes will be on their feet on the weekend of 29-30 September.
The BMW BERLIN MARATHON is the largest, one-day, sporting event in Germany with approximately one million spectators along the marathon course through the historical German capital.
Once again there will be a world-class line-up at the start, and leading the pack will be Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya, who ran the fastest marathon of all time in 2011, finishing in Boston in only 2:03:02. While that oldest race (in th world) did not qualify for a world record time, Geoffrey Mutai will now do his best to beat the official world record time of his fellow countryman, Patrick Mackau (2:03:38) set a year ago in Berlin on the course known for its speed and flatness.
I will be racing with a team of Singaporeans including one of our fastest female runners, Sumiko Tan as well as former-military friends (including Derek, Kum Tho and See Mong). I have begun running and look forward to pacing myself well for a hard-earned medal.