Having seen more world records broken than any other marathon, Berlin has earned a reputation as a PB-hunter's paradise. It's no surprise then that entries for next year's on 27 September race are coming in thick and fast.
Over 40,000 are expected to head to the German capital in 2015 for the 42nd race. The famously fast course starts in the centre of Berlin, between the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column, taking runners out to the west of the city, before heading east past the Reichstag and television tower. The route then leads down to the south west of the city; passing the iconic Kaiser-Willhelm Church and Postdamer Platz. The finishing straight is on one of Berlin's most famous streets, Unter den Linden, with the finish line just through the Brandenburg Gate.
Sports Tours international is offering various travel packages for the event. They also have some suggestions for what to do when there: "Whilst in Berlin, take in some of the famous sites this wonderful city has to offer. The best way to explore is by foot or by a hop on hop off bus tour which takes in many of the Berlin’s most popular tourist attractions. Visit the Berlin TV Tower, Jewish Museum, Checkpoint Charlie, Alexanderplatz, Reichstag, the Federal Chancellery. Bellevue Palace and Brandenburg Gate plus much more. The city is full of history and a sightseeing trip is not to be missed."
As we edge closer to the magical sub two-hour marathon, it looks increasingly likely Berlin will be the place to see it. For more information or to enter, visit the Sports Tours International website.