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Important Information for the Berlin Half Marathon on April 3

Two and an half weeks before the start and you can start getting excited about this great event in the capital city. Over 30,000 participants are expected at the start on Karl-Marx-Allee near Alexanderplatz. You will find a few important tips for this big event in this newsletter. Should illness have kept you from training, do not try to make up for it by overtraining. Our experts recommend that you continue as normal after any break you may have had to take. You will benefit from that advice on April 3.

1. New: The BERLIN VITAL Expo will now take place at STATION Berlin
2. Race kit pick-up with ID, participant wristbands for everyone
3. Access to the start area
4. The Bambini Run will be at Tempodrom
5. Get your BMW BERLIN-MARATHON collection now
6. Your ideal preparation at the RUNBASE
7. Going healthy to your limits with taxofit® Sport
8. ERDINGER Alkoholfrei providing refreshment
9. BRUNNENRUN (drinking fountain run) on round three

New: The BERLIN VITAL Expo will now take place at STATION Berlin

With the hangars at the former Tempelhof Airport now in use as emergency accommodations for refugees, a new venue for the BERLIN VITAL Expo had to be found. The BERLIN VITAL will now take place at STATION Berlin at Gleisdreieck, which is a more central location and easy to access by public transport (U1 & U2/Gleisdreieck).
With 120 exhibitors from the areas of sport, health, wellness and lifestyle, the BERLIN VITAL Expo offers an attractive programme. Athletic trends in clothing and gear will fill the halls, along with great shopping deals and expo specials. The SMS Medical Institute will be present with various offers, including runners’ office hours. The expo will get underway on Thursday, March 31 lasting until Saturday, April 2.


Race kit pick-up with ID, participant wristbands for everyone

The procedure for the past two years to only give out the race kits in person upon presentation of a photo ID and the printed registration confirmation has proven to work well. In addition to the race kit, each participant will also receive a wristband at the BERLIN VITAL Expo, which will provide access to the starting block and must be worn until the end of the event. the durable, soft material also makes a nice memento of the 2016 Berlin Half Marathon. All of the important participant information is available in our Participant Info (english version pages 18-32) on the website.


Access to the start area

The start area for the Berlin Half Marathon on Karl-Marx-Allee is completely fenced in. The following entrances will get you into the start area: Straussberger Platz, Schillingstrasse, Berolinastrasse and Alexanderstrasse (the last 2 entrances are only for participants WITHOUT a clothing bag). As the subway station (U-Bahn) at Schillingstrasse will be closed on April 3, we recommend entering via Straussberger Platz. A map of the area is available on our website.
Come early, to avoid getting stressed out: Plan on getting to the start area by 8:45 am at the latest. There will be plenty of toilets, and the clothing drop-off will be at the red Höffner trucks, as usual.


New: The Bambini Run will be at the Tempodrom

With the relocation of the BERLIN VITAL Expo from Tempelhof to Gleisdreieck (STATION Berlin), there will also be a new venue for the Bambini Run. It will take place at 11 am on Saturday, April 2 in Elise-Tilse-Park and starts in front of the Tempodrom (near the elevated train station S-Bhf. Anhalter Bahnhof). It will also be the first race in the Bambini Running series presented by berlinovo. All kids up to age 10 can participate. Registration is possible from Thursday to Friday at the BERLIN VITAL Expo and on Saturday in front of the Tempodrom (until 30 minutes before the start). Along with their race bibs, kids will get a booklet to collect stamps at each Bambini race. At the end of the year, the mascot Fridolin Flink will draw winners from the runners who participated in at least two events for prizes including a trip to Disneyland Paris. More information about the running series is available here.


Get your BMW BERLIN-MARATHON collection now

Your training plan will help you prepare for the 2016 BMW BERLIN MARATHON, and our collection will help you with your styling. Fresh colours and technical materials will keep you motivated and looking good as your train for the BMW BERLIN MARATHON. Small quantities of shirts, pullovers, running pants, and caps are available online until March 21, and after that you can check out the whole collection at the BERLIN VITAL Spring Expo (from March 31-April 2, 2016), at STATION Berlin. The collection is available as long as supplies last (both online and at the expo), so stop in and get your fresh look for spring and summer.


Your ideal preparation at the RUNBASE

A message from adidas:

The Berlin Half Marathon is getting closer and you would like to make most of your last weeks of preparation? Access your full potential with adidas at the RUNBASE Berlin: Practice your strength, endurance and agility in different workouts tailored to the needs of runners and improve your running technique. Treat yourself to healthy food at the best active food kitchen in town. Step in and try the latest running gear, get advice from medical experts and find your very own running crew. Find out more at


Going healthy to your limits

A message from taxofit:

taxofit® Sport offers innovative premium sport products developed by nutritionists. The products provide the body with energy, minerals, electrolytes and high-quality proteins. Taxofit Sport products are lactose-free, gluten-free and suitable for vegans. So the products are not only useable for professional athletes but also for healthy athletes.At the course of the Berlin Half Marathon there will be refreshment points at kilometer 6 and 16 where all participants get the taxofit Iso Energy Drink. Also there will be a Hotspot taxofit gel zone at kilometer 13,5 where everyone gets a free taxofit Power Liquid Gel, for best performance on your run.
For further information please click here.


ERDINGER Alkoholfrei providing refreshment

A message from ERDINGER Alkoholfrei:

Finale furioso: all finishers at this year’s 36th Berlin Half Marathon can look forward to a deliciously refreshing ERDINGER Alkoholfrei when they cross the finishing line. Once that last step has been made, all the pain and suffering subsides and is replaced by a unique feeling of having achieved something fantastic. ERDINGER Alkoholfrei shares this moment with all athletes. Those looking to enjoy the isotonic thirst-quencher before the race are cordially invited to the BERLIN Vital trade show at STATION Berlin, just a few minutes’ walk from Potsdamer Platz, where our ERDINGER Alkoholfrei stand will be happy to welcome thirsty fair visitors.


BRUNNENRUN (drinking fountain run) on round three

A message from Berliner Wasserbetriebe:

In keeping with the motto "Brunnen-Run (drinking fountain run) - donate your kilometres", the running campaign is being continued this year once again. And it runs like this:
On, all runners register the kilometres they've covered and "donate" them for four drinking fountains in Berlin and a project by Ingenieure ohne Grenzen (ingénieurs sans frontières). At the end of the running season, the sportsmen and women, as well as everyone in Berlin, will vote for their five favourite locations for drinking fountains.

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