Wilson Kipsang of Kenya
The 2013 BMW Berlin Marathon is one of the most exciting events of the year, and the annual competition is shaping up to be as fierce as ever.
The competition takes the runners through the streets of Berlin—the course is 42.195 kilometers long (just over 26.2 miles)—and is considered one of the World Marathon Majors.
With long stretches of flat terrain, perfect fall temperatures and ample room for fans to line the streets during the event, the Berlin Marathon has become one of the biggest races in the sport.
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Where: Berlin, Germany
When: Sunday, September 29
Start Time: 8:45 a.m. local time
Watch: ARD (in Germany and parts of Europe)
Live Stream: EuroSport Player (not available in United States)
Full Route Map (via the Berlin Marathon's official website)
Berlin Marathon Preview
World-record holder Patrick Makau was expected to return to Berlin this year and attempt to beat his own mark, but according to LetsRun.com, the veteran has been forced to withdraw from the event with a knee injury.
That leaves the door open for London Olympics bronze medalist Wilson Kipsang of Kenya to steal the show and win the 2013 Berlin Marathon. Kipsang holds the record for the second-fastest time in history (2:03:42) and looks to top the all-time mark of 2:03:38 this year.
Kipsang is confident he has the speed and ability to take down the record. He told Capital FM Sports in Kenya that his mission is to become the fastest runner in the history of the Berlin race.
On the women's side, Irina Mikitenko of Germany will be looking to dominate the race on her home turf, but she will face serious competition.
With talented runners like Florence Kiplagat, Georgina Rono, Sharon Cherop and Helah Kiprop in the field, the women's race could be even more exciting than the men's battle.
Both the men's and women's races are setting up to be entertaining, and the 2013 Berlin Marathon will be a can't-miss race for all running fans.
Men’s Winner: Wilson Kipsang, Kenya
Women’s Winner: Irina Mikitenko, Germany