Berlin has been in the spotlight recently with the German men's football team parading their World Cup trophy around the capital's streets. And on 28 September, around 40,000 runners will get to follow in their footsteps (well, sort of) by taking part in the 41st Berlin Marathon. Travel packages are still available from Sports Tours International but those wishing to take part are advised to enter soon to avoid disappointment.
The event has gained a reputation as a PB hunter's dream race, with the world marathon record twice being broken there in the last three years (Wilson Kipsang in 2013 and Patrick Makau in 2011).
This year's race will see top contenders Tsegaye Kebede and Dennis Kimetto facing off in the men's race. Kebede is one of the most successful marathon runners ever, having won first place six times and placed second and third place in his 17 marathons. Kimetto placed second in the 2012 Berlin Marathon with the fastest time ever for a marathon debutant (2:04:16).
Taking you though the streets of the hugely popular city of Berlin, the race starts and finishes at the Brandenburg Gate, rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch, and now one of the most well-known landmarks of Germany, before passing a host of landmarks, such as the impressive Potsdamer Platz and the beautiful Berlin Cathedral.
Sports Tours International are offering travel packages to the 2014 Berlin Marathon with hotel, guaranteed entry and other extras. Visit their website for more information.