2023 Berlin Marathon - Client Portal

Last updated September 29, 2022

The most important updates, if any, will be listed here.  Everything else will be listed below.

It is up to each person to ensure they meet all travel requirements, including but not limited to vaccine status, passport validity, etc.

Currently masks are mandatory on all public transportation so be sure to bring a mask.  Watch this page for updates.

Everyone received their booking details in a PDF file which lists your hotel, hotel address and dates of stay.

Now that we are one month out, not all hotels will let you change/alter the nights you wish to stay. I will do my best to help, but ultimately it is up to the hotel to decide.

Each runner must pick up their own bib at the race expo using their Start Card and either their driver’s license or their passport.  There is no race day bib collection.

The race expo will be at Flughafen Tempelhof
Where: Platz der Luftbrücke 5, 12101 Berlin
Thursday Sep 21 from 2PM – 8 PM
Friday Sep 22 from 11AM – 8PM
Saturday Sep 23 from 9AM – 6:30PM
*dates and times are subject to change

Click here for more information on the expo.

In case of an emergency only, my cell number is xxx-xxx-xxxx. If it is not an emergency, please email me.

Offline Maps
I recommend that you download an offline map of Berlin so that you are able to search for directions upon arrival, even if you don’t have WiFi.  Services like Google Maps works well for offline maps.

Getting to central Berlin from Berlin Brandenburg BER Airport
You can take the train from BER airport to our group hotel, the Crowne Plaza, or to the Central Station Berlin which connects the entire city.  Use a map service like Google Maps to plan your journey.

The Group Hotel
The Crowne Plaza Potsdamer Platz, located at Hallesche Straße 10
This hotel is a 15 minute walk to Brandenburg Gate, the iconic finish of the Berlin Marathon and roughly a 20 minute walk to the start area.

Checking in to Your Hotel
As this is a group booking, no booking number/reference is required. Simply check in by name, with ID and with a credit card for incidentals.

Meet and Greet
When:   3PM – 6PM on Friday, September 22nd.
Where: Crowne Plaza group hotel
Who:    Those who RSVP’d
Why:     Casual get together, meet up and Q and A’s
What:    There will be light snacks and coffee, tea and water.

Getting to the Marathon Start
I purposely chose the Crowne Plaza as it’s in a quiet neighborhood and still an easy walk to the start and finish areas.  However, there is also a train stop 5 minutes from the hotel if you prefer.
Running with Someone Else
If you and your running partner(s) have been separated by waves or corrals, you may still run together by moving backwards to the highest wave and corral within your group.  You may not move forward in the corrals or waves and note that this is highly policed at the start area.
Getting Back to your Hotel 
The hotels are all walking distance from the finish line. Otherwise, take public transportation or a taxi/Uber but note that these will all be very busy.

When the buses drop you off, follow the line of runners to the Start Villages. You may be scanned with a wand and your bag will be searched by security before being allowed into the Start Village / Staging Areas. The only bag that you will be allowed to bring into the Staging areas are the clear plastic ones
that will be issued to you at the expo.

Your Start Village color is listed on your Registration Form and race bib (ie: Village Blue, Orange Wave 3 Corral E) .

Once you determine where you should be in the Start Village, you can take some time to eat, use the washrooms, drop your bag (if applicable), or just sit and relax. Each Start Village has the same setup.

As there will be 55,000+ runners and to alleviate the strain of having everyone start at the same time, the TCS New York City Marathon will be run in waves.

You will each be assigned a Wave Start based on your estimated completion time. Wave Starts will be separated by about 25 minutes.

If you are wanting to run with someone else but are listed in different corrals, wave starts or Start Villages you may still run with them by moving into the higher corral between you and your friends. For example, if you’re in corral D and your friend is in corral K, you can move to corral K but they can’t move to corral D. And if you’re in wave 1 and your friend is in wave 4, you can move back to wave 4 but they can’t move up to wave 1.

Do NOT email/phone the NYRR and request a wave or corral change. If it’s absolutely necessary, ask at the Runner’s Help Desk/Solution Desk at the expo.

If you are unable to travel with someone to the Start Area of the marathon, take cell phones and text your location or meet at a particular UPS truck based on one of your bibs.

Click here for more information on Staging / Start Villages, as well as a map.

Click here for extensive information on the race course, as well as a map.

Click here for extensive information regarding the finish area, including where to go if you’ve chosen either the baggage option or the poncho (no baggage option), and information regarding the Family Reunion area.

Are you interested in having New Yorkers personalize your run? Write your name on your race shirt (or masking tape) in large letters across your chest and people will call out to you and encourage you as you run!