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The 2024 edition will mark an unprecedented milestone for the BMW Berlin Marathon, and what better way to celebrate than breaking some records?

For its 50th anniversary, the German race will partner up once again with Guinness World Records for a weekend full of sports, fun and record breaking.

The collaboration offers runners the chance to attempt a record during the in-line skating marathon (Saturday 28 September) or the classic event (Sunday 29 September) and become Officially Amazing while sustaining a charity close to their hearts. 

An official Guinness World Records team will be present on-site to offer on-the-day record verification.

Tigist Assefa and flag

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Last year, the BMW Berlin Marathon 2023 became the stage for a history-making elite record when Ethiopian long-distance champion Tigst Assefa broke the record for the fastest female marathon ever. 

The runner completed the race in only 2 hr 11 min 53 sec, reaching a never-seen-before time and smashing the competition. 

More Guinness World Records titles were secured during the weekend, either during the in-line skate marathon or during the classic race.

 Some of our favourites:

  • Andy Brown & Caroline Brown: Fastest marathon with two runners handcuffed together (mixed) - 03:08:46 
  • Grzegorz Galezia: Fastest marathon dressed as a mummy (male) - 03:15:57 
  • Masakazu Kono: Fastest marathon dressed as a ninja (male) - 03:23:42 
  • Joan Pons Laplana: Fastest marathon dressed as a Christmas cracker (male) - 03:54:36
  • Jochen Glasbrenner: Fastest marathon dressed as a barrister (male) - 03:41:24

Joan Pons Laplana during his training

During the 2019 edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon, Kenyan runner and Guinness World Records Hall of Famer Eliud Kipchoge also made history after running the fastest marathon at the time: 2 hours 1 minute and 39 seconds. 

In 2023, Kipchoge shaved precious seconds off that result and once again smashed his own record, this time during the Chicago Marathon, achieving a whopping 2 hr 35 sec.

"Those attempting Guinness World Records titles are on their own journey to greatness, and seeing people achieve that is something truly special," said Guinness World Records official Adjudicator Will Munford, who was present at the event. 

Fastest marathon handcuffed

Are you ready to push your boundaries, take on the challenge and get your hands on a coveted Guinness World Records certificate? 

Once you’ve secured your spot for the BMW Berlin Marathon, please make a standard application via our website and include the following:

  • A record title and full description of the Guinness World Records attempt
  • You must include a photograph of your proposed costume with the application
  • A projected finish time in your costume of choice, so that runners can be assigned to the correct entry wave
  • Dimensions of the costume or object that is to be worn or carried (including height, width, depth and weight)
  • Applicant’s unique running number allocated via ballot-place confirmation, through a charity or other guaranteed means of entry
  • Projected finish time in the costume you want to wear

Fastest marathon dressed as a ninja

Please note that you must have secured a place in the current edition of the BMW Berlin Marathon (28 and 29 September 2024) if you wish to attempt a record during the event. 

Guaranteed spots are not available via Guinness World Records.

So, what are you waiting for? Submit your application by the final deadline of 31 July 2024, and get ready to make history!

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