Photo: 2014 Berlin Marathon by PhotoRun.net
The Berlin Marathon takes place on Sunday, September 24. The flat and fast course has produced the fastest marathon times ever. With three of the most talented distance runners lining up at the start, this year should be no exception.
How To Watch
In the United States, the Berlin Marathon will be shown live on NBCSN and their streaming service NBC Sports Gold. Coverage starts at 2:30 a.m. EST on the app and 3:00 a.m. EST on NBCSN. If you don’t have cable, NBC Sports Gold is a subscription-based service, available for $69.99 for the entire track and field/marathon season.
Flotrack Pro will also be streaming the event in over 100 countries. Their app can be broadcast on Roku and Apple TV. You can also stream the marathon from their website. Flotrack Pro is available for $30 per month or $150 for the entire year.
Who Is Running?
Oh just three of the fastest marathoners of all time.
After running 2:00:25 at Nike’s Breaking2 event, Eliud Kipchoge is hungry for a world record. If his past two years of marathon performances are any indication, he is the runner to beat. Kipchoge won the 2016 London Marathon in 2:03:05. He followed that race with a win at the 2016 Rio Olympic Marathon. His Breaking2 time, run in May of this year, did not count as an world record due to the controlled conditions, so Kipchoge is looking to make it official in Berlin. He has won Berlin twice, running 2:04:05 in 2013 and 2:04:00 in 2015.
Also in the hunt are Kenesia Bekele and Wilson Kipsang, who finished first and second in last year’s race. Bekele’s winning time of 2:03:00 is the second fastest marathon time ever. Kipsang was right behind in 2:03:13. In fact Kipsang has run three of the eight fastest marathon times ever recorded—two of them in Berlin.
The current world record is 2:02:57, set in 2014 by Dennis Kimetto at—you guessed it—the Berlin Marathon.