Berlin Marathon 2012: Why Event Has Something for Everyone

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst ISeptember 29, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17:  Saul Mendoza of Mexico (R) and David Weir of Great Britain compete in the men's wheelchair race as they pass through Parliament Square in Westminster during the 2011 Virgin London Marathon on April 17, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Tom Dulat/Getty Images)
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The Berlin marathon will take place on Sunday, September 30 in Germany.

As many as 40,000 competitors will try their hand at overcoming the tough course to take home a victory.

Participants in the marathon must be 18 years of age or older and will have a little over six hours to complete the race on Sunday.

Let's take a look at how the Berlin marathon provides some competition for all people, not just serious runners.

Everything you need to know about the Berlin marathon can be found here.


Power Walking

While this particular race isn't considered a competitive one, there's no doubt the participants will still try to better their fellow power walkers.

Not everyone can run like a marathon runner, so the next best thing for less talented runners is to power walk.

But stay home, Nordic walkers, you aren't allowed to compete in this event.



Prior to the start of the official Berlin marathon, handicapped competitors will have the opportunity to race in their wheelchairs.

Wheelchair racing has been apart of the Paralympics since 1960 and races can be held on a street, track or off-road course. Events are held for both manual and power chairs, so the sport allows for people with all types of disabilities to compete.

These incredible athletes have the opportunity to show their skills in Berlin this weekend, something that not every marathon event offers.

It's just another shining example of how the Berlin marathon does a great job of including all types of athletes in its festivities.

You can get more information on this sport and how to get involved by clicking here.


Hand Cyclists

Hand cycling is another unique race the Berlin marathon offers. These competitors will begin their quest to reach the finish line first, shortly after the wheelchair race begins.

Not many people know about the sport, which is a disservice to the talented athletes who participate in these competitions. However, this event helps shine the light on the hand cycling world.

Able-bodied and people with disabilities alike have enjoyed the sport that takes a special amount of upper-body strength to compete in.

The sport was developed in the 1980s as people looked for new ways to make human-powered vehicles. Since then, the idea has really taken off and a new form of racing has been born. Hand cycling even made its debut in the 2004 Paralympics.

If you'd like more info on Hand Cycling, you can get at, the sport's official website.