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Final tips for the 2018 Berlin Half Marathon

There are only a few days left until the big race. At 10:05 am on Sunday, the starting shot will be fired to launch the runners’ Berlin Half Marathon 2018. More than 36,000 have registered for Germany’s largest half marathon, one of the biggest in the world. We wish all runners a successful half marathon through the capital! You will find all necessary information for the event in our participant guide. Here are some of the key points.

1. Back at Tempelhof: The BERLIN VITAL Expo
2. There are four entrances to the start area
3. Print your finish time on your official event shirt with adidas
4. Get back on your feet quickly after the run with ultraSPORTS
5. Exclusive service for Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei members
6. Give us your best smile!
7. Berlin 2018 is now THE SPORT FESTIVAL

The BERLIN VITAL Expo is back at the former airport Tempelhof

Opening hours of the BERLIN VITAL Expo are Friday, April 6, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and Saturday, April 7, 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. The BERLIN VITAL Expo will take place in the hangars of the former Tempelhof Airport. Click here for overview map.

- Wristbands will be issued on the covered tarmac before you enter the hangars upon presentation of your Start Pass and photo ID (Identity card, driver's license or passport)

- Friends can join you at the hangars.- To enter Hall 6 to pick up your race documents you must present your wristband (entrance only for participants).

- For safety reasons, bags and suitcases larger than hand luggage is not to be brought to the Expo. You can drop of larger bags for storage in front of the entrance to the BERLIN VITAL Expo for only 2 Euros.

- The exclusive lounge with the Italian pasta buffet is located in the Airbase airport restaurant at the BERLIN VITAL Expo. It will be open on Friday, April 6 from 11:00 am to 8:00 pm and on Saturday, April 9 from 9:00 am to 6:30 pm. For participants who booked the Pasta Lounge during registration, access is possible via our VIP guest list. All guests of the BERLIN VITAL Expo can also enjoy the Italian pasta selection for 20 Euros, as long as space is available.


There are four entrrances to the start area

The start area for the Berlin Half Marathon on Karl Marx Allee is completely fenced in. There are four security controlled points of access to the start area: Strausberger Platz, Schillingstrasse, Berolinastrasse and Alexanderstrasse (the latter two entrances are only for participants without a clothing bag). We recommend entering via Schillingstraße ot Strausberger Platz. See map, also available on our website.

Arrive early to avoid being stressed. You should be at the start at 8:45 AM at the latest. There will be plenty of toilets available at the start, and clothing drop off will be in the red Höffner trucks, as usual.

No backpacks, suitcases or any other bags exept the official clothing bag (received at the race kit pick-up at the expo) will be allowed into the starting area. Official clothing bags have to be dropped only at the truck according to your bib number. Clothing bags left elsewhere will be removed.

Have your finish time printed on your official event shirt

A message from adidas:

Only 4 more days until the race! You’re probably super excited and really looking forward to your big day. We want you to keep the best memories. This is why we created this great offer for you. Buy your official event shirt online, at the adidas exhibition booth or at the finish area of the Berlin Half Marathon, take it to one of the adidas stores below and get your finish time printed for free. When? Monday, April 9th, 2018 and Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 during store opening hours
Where? @adidas Running Berlin Mitte, Münzstraße 14-16 and @adidas Brand Center, Tauentzienstraße 15.


Make sure to get back on your feet quickly after the run

A message from ultrasports:

Finally it starts, only a few days until your spring highlight. Are you prepared for the time after the finish? If you want to actively combat sore muscles and replenish empty stores, make sure to get our regeneration package after the ultraSPORTS Refresher at the finish line. It is available online or - together with valuable tips from our nutrition experts - at our two booths at the BERLIN VITAL. We are looking forward to seeing you and keeping our fingers crossed for Sunday!


Exclusive service for Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei members

A message from ERDINGER Alkoholfrei:

The final preparations for the half marathon are in full swing! All members of Team ERDINGER Alkoholfrei are looking forward to the big day – without the usual competition stress. They know they can expect an exclusive service area with seats, small snacks, and hot or cold drinks in the direct vicinity of the starting line. Become a Team member today and you too can be relaxed as the big day approaches – as well as enjoying many other benefits!


Give us your best smile!

A message from Die Sportografen:

We are happy to be your personal Berlin Half Marathon photo service! Your personal photos and the Best-of gallery can be found shortly after the run here. But we expect you already before the race:  visit us in the small studio tent right next to the bib number pickup and let us take a cool portrait of you! After you have happily crossed the finish line we are there again with our black tents to capture you as a proud finisher with your medal. Best of all: you will find all these photos, together with your photos from the run,  in your personal Photo-Flat!


Berlin 2018 is now THE SPORT FESTIVAL

Discus Olympic champion Robert Harting and heptathlete Carolin Schäfer are the faces of the new campaign of Berlin 2018: Germany's biggest sporting event of the year is now THE SPORT FESTIVAL. Fittingly, another, inexpensive price category was opened, in which the "FESTIVAL ticket" is available for the price of 25 euros.
From 7 to 12 August, around 1,600 top athletes from all over Europe will compete in a sports-minded, fair competition for gold, silver or bronze. With the event motto DAS SPORT FESTIVAL, Berlin 2018 opened another favorable price category (PK) for tickets in the Olympic Stadium. The PK 4 is limited to just four blocks with "FESTIVAL tickets" for 25 euros for the evening session. That´s the lowest price ever.

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