Berlin Marathon 2015

The Berlin Marathon 2015 took place on September 27 with over 40,000 runners in Berlin, the capital of Germany. The race distance was 42.195 km (26.2 miles). The winner of the women’s race was Gladys Cherono of Kenya with a time of 2 hours 19 minutes 25 seconds. The winner of the men’s race was Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya with a time of 2 hours 04 minutes 00 seconds. He had a difficult day because of his shoes. About half way through the race, the insoles of both his shoes slid partly out and were swinging around his ankles.

The Berlin Marathon was started in 1974, and is run annually. When the race first began, the city of Berlin was split between two countries, East and West Germany, and the two parts were called East and West Berlin. The marathon race was run in West Berlin. Germany used to be one country, but after World War II, it was divided into two. In 1990, the two Germanies were united back into one.

Brandenburg Gate (image, built in 1791) is a famous landmark of Berlin. When Berlin was split, the Gate was located in East Berlin. Runners participating in the Berlin Marathon ran through Brandenburg Gate for the first time in 1990.

You can watch the marathon highlights here.

 

Image Credits: http://www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com/ for the Berlin Marathon’s logo, Thomas Wolf, www.foto-tw.de for Brandenburg Gate’s image
Sources: http://www.bmw-berlin-marathon.com/, http://www.nationsonline.org/, http://www.berlin.de/, http://www.history.com