The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON unites hundreds of thousands of people worldwide - regardless of culture, sporting goals, age, or gender. With our RUN FOR JOY faces and their stories, we want to give you a piece of their joy of running as motivation.


THE INTERVIEWS

For our RUN FOR JOY face Jenny, running is like breathing air. Since 2019, the true Berlin native has been sharing her passion with her daughter, who often joins her on runs in the baby jogger.


What does running mean to you?

Running is my balance to everyday life, my ME TIME.


How did you experience the lockdown? What happened to you during that time?

For me, everything was only half as bad. I was on parental leave, so I was able to spend even more quality time with my daughter and my boyfriend, who was home throughout the lockdown. After getting a baby jogger, I was even able to run together with my child and ran more kilometres last year than ever before.


Do you have a sporting goal?

To be fit in the long term, to live up to and to enable a healthy and active lifestyle for my child.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

I have a huge amount of respect for the runners who take on the challenge. And I am always amazed by the people from the side-lines, giving their support to the runners. On this day, the streets belong to the runners.


I've always wanted to say this about running.

It's the easiest way to get moving and to be active, everyone should at least give it a try once.

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Fab is the Kiez Captain of the adidas Runners and has run several half and full marathons all over the world. For him, it doesn't need to be a competition, but he appreciates the joint preparation, the experience and the mutual support.


What does running mean to you?

Sport has an incredible power, it unites and creates interactions where none would normally take place. Especially for young people, it is a great opportunity for personal development.

I started running myself through the adidas Runners. The feeling of running together, getting to know new people and their lives, celebrating together and supporting each other - that is priceless to me.


How did you experience the lockdown? What happened to you during that time?

I used to meet over 50 people a week, we cheered for one another and supported each other - that was suddenly missing. But the running stayed, it accompanied me during this time. And when you suddenly saw people running at night, who used their ticket to "get out" with running, you always had a smile on your face.


What does community mean to you?

Satisfying the natural urge to be together with others and achieving things that you couldn't achieve alone.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

Since Berlin is my hometown, I have a special relationship with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. I know every corner of the course and what kind of great cultural diversity you encounter on the way. The marathon is a physical and mental challenge, but the unconditional support along the course makes it worthwhile all the way.


What do you associate with the city of Berlin?

In my opinion, Berlin is the best city - dirty, but still unique. It is my home and I love it. People who don't have freedom at home find it here: everyone can be whoever they want to be.

One step at a time - that is the goal of our RUN FOR JOY face Helen. She also had experiences that took her outside her comfort zone at her first BMW BERLIN-MARATHON and experienced a wide range of pure emotions.


What does running mean to you?

There is hardly a more ingenious "individual team sport" than running. Everyone can be both absolutely by themselves and in the middle of a very diverse motley crew at the same time. All have the same goal: taking one step after the next.


That was my most beautiful experience while running.

It is difficult to limit yourself to one experience. Of course, the best experience is every time you break a new barrier - be it a new personal record or the first pain-free kilometres after an injury. But sometimes it's just a simple run through the woods or a run in the midst of a great community.


How did you experience the lockdown? How did this period affect you?

Corona has made the sport more about individuality. I had to develop new routines and it took me a long time to get used to running without a competition goal or without a running partner. But now I'm happy that we are able to start running together again, and I've also learned to enjoy lacing up my shoes and running without a set plan or goal.

Do you have an athletic goal?

Yes, every sport I do should help make me resilient and fit for life. I want to be able to move free and healthy for as long as possible. Also, sport should be fun and I shouldn’t have to convince myself to do it.


What do you most associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

During the time I spent preparing for the marathon I met fascinating people and had numerous experiences outside my comfort zone that I absolutely wouldn't want to miss. That's why I associate the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON with pure emotion, strength and community.


What does community mean to you?

On the one hand, it is the thought of countless people all over the world who couldn't be more different, yet share the same passion for running - crazy! On the other hand, community means to me shared joy, enthusiasm, motivation, support and understanding with no words necessary.

VLOG WITH HELEN

Why running makes her happy and has a firm hold on her can be found in our vlog "Does running make you happy?”.

After a life-threatening car accident, Roselyn fulfilled her own dream by participating the Berlin Marathon. Since then, she has been back on the starting line every year.


What does running mean to you?

Running is life! It gives me so much! It challenges me and reminds me to take things one step at a time... literally!


How did you experience the lockdown? What did the time do to you?

During lockdown it was a time for reflection and connecting with myself. Finding and redefining my purpose in life.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

The Berlin marathon is a joyous event that brings so many people from all corners of the world to celebrate our love for running in a beautiful city.


What was your motivation to run the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

The Berlin marathon was my first international race so it will ALWAYS be special to me. Since my first Berlin marathon, I have come back every year to run the race, it means so much to me. When I had a car accident in 2006 that almost ended my life, I “escaped” the pain by thinking of all the places I wanted to travel to when I’ll be recovered – Berlin was one of them. As I stood finally at the starting line of the Berlin Marathon I was overwhelmed with joy and my eyes filled with tears. It symbolized commitment, determination, a dream come true and an incredible opportunity to run through the streets of this amazing city.


What does the city of Berlin symbolise for you?

The city of Berlin represents diversity, love, unity and a place where strangers become friends!

Wolfgang's many marathons in Berlin are already history, but enough to make him a member of the Jubilee Club. Since 1990, he has made sure that no one can get lost on marathon day. With the "Blue Line Car" he is responsible for marking the ideal line every Monday before the event.


How did you experience the lockdown? What did the time do to you?

It was a sad time for running events, which, unlike “King Football”, have hardly any lobby.


What do you associate with the BMW Berlin Marathon?

The marathon across my hometown is of course something special and when in 1990 the run went through the “Brandenburger Tor” for the first time after the reunion, it was a unique experience. In Berlin, you are "carried" by the spectators over the 42.195 km. Added to that is the knowledge of running together with the world's elite.


What does it mean to you to draw the ideal line for thousands of runners?

I know the shortest route! It makes me a little proud that I could contribute something to the world records with "my" blue line. I am happy when I can see on TV how the running elite follows the blue line and at the same time I am annoyed when meters are given away.


Since when do you draw the ideal line for the BMW Berlin Marathon?

I don't draw it by myself. In 1990 a company from London was invited for the first time and I took over the guidance through the night on Berlin's streets with a route map. Since 1992 we have been doing this ourselves and to this day the drawing is done - unless it rains - every Monday before the marathon.


I've always wanted to say this about running.

You can hardly do anything better for your health, it's easy and can be done everywhere. You also get to know the country and its people. Running educates, that's for sure.

Having participated 21 times in the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Karin is a real Berlin Legend. She says herself, "As long as I am feeling well, I will always run!"


What does running mean to you?

The best thing for me is to get out of the house and start running! I don't use public transport, I walk or cycle all the way, the weather condition does not matter. Ever since I was a little kid, all I ever wanted to do was run and be the fastest, and that's exactly what I've done throughout my life.


That was my most beautiful experience while running.

My most emotional experience was when I ran through the Brandenburger Tor two years ago, all the fans on the side-lines were cheering for me, and at that exact moment the song "An Tagen wie diesen" by the band Die Toten Hosen came through the speakers. I could no longer hold back my tears. I held my hands in front of my face and started to cry.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

I only run in Berlin, I don't want to run in any other city, only in Berlin. Because Berlin is a part of me, just like the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.


What does the city of Berlin symbolize for you?

HOME, I can be wherever I want, when I see the Funkturm, it warms my heart.


I've always wanted to say this about running.

Running is more than just the time achieved at the end.

Claus - The Bottle Man - handed Eluid Kipchoge his rations during his 2018 world record and is redefining the way water is handed to top athletes with his incredible joy and focus.


What does running mean to you?

Absolute freedom. Reduction of mankind and nature.


That was my most beautiful experience while running/sporting.

To be fully within the flow, that while running my standard route, I was shocked to see where I was.


How did you experience the lockdown? What happened to you during that time?

I missed the social contact very much. Especially the joint training sessions were an important place to exchange with others. And I noticed that it is difficult for me to return back to my old social surroundings.


What does community mean to you?

Incredibly important for social exchange. Listening and speaking are so important for the balance of the soul.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

The marathon is a great combination of high-performance sport and a family event. That tingling feeling you get when the city fills with runners within the days before the race, the morning of the race, when I ride my bike along the Ku-Damm at 7 a.m. and the excitement with which the runners are being cheered on. It's pure adrenaline and a great pleasure.


What was it like for you to be the caterer for Kipchoge?

It is an incredible responsibility and honour to support in helping him to achieve his best performances and to maybe be a tiny part of his success. I have come to know Eliud as a very focused and human athlete and even though we come from very different backgrounds, we are united by our love and passion for the sport.

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What does running mean to you?

Without sports I feel unbalanced, and I especially need running to clear my head. Sure, as a model, sports is also a super important part of my life but being active is simply vital for me because I am highly active.


How did you experience the lockdown? What happened to you during that time?

Despite a positive mindset, I had a few "Corona lows." I love meeting up with friends, eating together, and always meeting new, creative people - all that was missing suddenly. The initial excitement of Zoom meetings and home workouts quickly left, the momentum was simply missing that normally develops through a coach or in a group.


What does community mean to you?

A social environment is quality of life for me. I appreciate the personal exchange, and I always love meeting new, creative minds. Zoom can't replace that personal feeling.


What do you associate with the city of Berlin?

Definitely freedom and openness! Berlin gives you the opportunity to do anything, you have almost no restrictions. People are open and tolerant - everyone is allowed to be who they are.

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Mona has been a sports enthusiast since she was a child. She played soccer in boys' teams for a long time. Now the middle distance runner and student commutes between Aarhus and Vienna and has finally found the fun in running again in the lockdown after having a low.


What does running mean to you?

Although running is an individual sport, it still connects so many people. Running gives myself daily motivation and self-confidence for other areas of life as well - I feel good and, above all, strong. I would like to inspire and motivate others via social media.


How did you experience the Corona time/lockdown?

At the beginning, I actually enjoyed it a lot. With my bachelor's degree, I could finally train a lot without any time pressure. But then I fell into a hole - I had no goals, I was in uncertain about what was to come, when would competitions take place again.

The time has taught to enjoy sports again, to listen more to my gut feeling and to see running sessions not only as something on my to-do list.


How do you motivate yourself?

Because of participating in competitive sport, I have a high basic level of motivation and a daily routine. Training sessions are like a deadline that has to be met. I know that training simply does me good and it makes me stronger


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

In 2019, I was there to watch and cheer as a spectator and got to experience the pure emotions, inspirations and motivations first hand. At the marathon itself, professional athletes and amateur runners run together, which is a great connection and this excitement spills over directly to the fans!

Live and laugh - that is the motto of our RUN FOR JOY face Klaus. For him, running is essential for body and mind. He has remained loyal to the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON as a Volunteer even after his last race.


What does running mean to you?

For me, running is to an extent relaxation, a compensation for the many daily tasks. When you run, you can "think things through" in peace and maintain your health.


What is special about a race like a half marathon or marathon for you?

The atmosphere on and along the course. It is one of the few sporting opportunities to stand right next to the world’s best on the starting line of the competition.


How do you deal with defeats?

Everything has a reason – search for and understand it and let it guide you for the next attempt.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

A great event with great organization and a great atmosphere among athletes, spectators and Volunteers. It is always a truly unique feeling when strangers look you right in the eyes and cheer for you when you run or when you receive appreciation for being a Volunteer yourself.


What does the city of Berlin symbolize for you?

Berlin is a great city with everything you need - and sometimes don't need.

Its districts and neighbourhoods are diversified, sometimes a bit crowded and they offer a lot of opportunities for culture, events, restaurants. But Berlin also has a rural side, with forests and lakes - a paradise for running.

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Motivating one another and pulling through together - that's the goal of our RUN FOR JOY face David. He is a Mindfulness & Motivation Influencer and motivates his community every day towards a healthy lifestyle with his sympathetic way.


What does running mean to you?

For me, sport is a balance to stress and the constant pressure to perform. It enhances my health and has always been part of my training, as a preparation or additional exercise. And whether you are at home or somewhere else, running is a sport that can be done anytime and anywhere.


How did you experience the lockdown? What happened to you during that time?

It was a mentally exhausting time, I had to find a completely new routine for myself first. Running helped me stay positive, get out and see something different. Among friends, we pushed each other and set up little challenges. I always told myself you can feel bad, but you can't let yourself down, you have to keep going.


What does community mean to you?

Through my social media presence, I have a certain role model function and responsibility. I see myself as a motivator, and I want to encourage people and give them confidence. No one is alone - I really like this sense of being a community, even if some people don't know each other personally.


How do you motivate yourself?

There are always bad days, but I know that I am responsible for myself and that I am in control of my destiny. My personal development is my constant goal and that motivates me to get the best out of myself every day.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

Pursuing a goal together, taking on new challenges - for me, that is a community spirit that is lived at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. Times and results are secondary, what counts for me is pulling through together and the freedom, that we are able to experience after the last few months.

Successfully running marathons internationally and competing at the Olympics - our RUN FOR JOY face Miriam has set herself big goals. The long-distance runner has her own motto: #fastwithchocolate.


What does running mean to you?

Joy, pain, frustration, happiness and so much more. It is simply a passion.


That was my most beautiful experience while running.

I can't settle on one experience. I have had so many beautiful and funny moments and above all, I have met so many great people. The best thing is the friendships that have emerged and which continue to exist regardless of running.


How did you experience the lockdown? What happened to you during that time?

I was able to use the time to focus more on training and learned to be even more grateful for the many opportunities I have received despite everything that’s happening. However, I missed the competitions and racing in a real environment. But I knew it was only a matter of time. Therefore, I was able to train my patience as well.


Do you have a sporting goal?

I don't really have that "one" goal. I would like to run a successful international marathon and compete in the Olympics.


What does community mean to you?

A good community makes many seemingly impossible things possible, even in individual sports. It was only possible together with the team around me, that I was able to develop as much in an athletic context and that I always regain the joy of the sport even after defeats.


I've always wanted to say this about running.

Running always brings me back down to earth. I have gained respect for my body throughout the tough sessions and learned what it means to be fully focussed. 

The biggest motivation of our RUN FOR JOY coach Nils is the process itself - that is, setting a goal, working towards it and steadily getting closer. But these goals in the form of competitions were missing during Corona ...


What does running mean to you?

For me, running is the perfect combination of training and turn off head. No matter where and when you want to run, if you having running shoes with you it always works. When I want to clear my head, be creative or push myself to the limit -running shoes on and go. This simplicity, intensity and spontaneity is only offered by running. 


How did you experience the lockdown? What didthat time do to you?

Excitingly, one of my thoughts was "hopefully we'll at least still be allowed to go running". This isolation was and is very difficult for me. Not only because of my job I am an absolute "people man" - without social lifeI simply miss something and life becomes poorer by common experiences. 


How do you motivate yourself?

My biggest motivation has always been the process. When you work towards a goal and things slowly take shape and become more and more tangible, you outgrow yourself and achieve things that you didn't think were possible -this is the greatest motivation. Also in my job as a coach, it is super motivating to accompany these processes, to initiate them and to reach new levels.


What is special about a race like a half marathon or marathon for you? A race is the best motivation to work on yourself every day in training and to give 100%. So basically "a means to an end". Without racesit's hard to find a focus, we've felt that in the last 1.5 years. The race day is the icing on the cake: that special atmosphere, the adrenaline, the community, the flow, the pain and then the finish.


What do you associate with the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON?

The only city marathon I have ever run. In 1992 as a “beer bet “and in 1996 as a pacemaker for one of my best buddies who wanted to break 2:50. Both times an incredibly fascinating experience.

AUDIO RUN WITH NILS

In our Audio Run "Let's train together" Nils answers questions posed by our host Jonas Frank on the varied topics around marathon training. Together with the motivating playlist, an entertaining training session is guaranteed!