Over the weekend, tens of thousands of sports fans will again march through the blocked streets of the 2019 Berlin Marathon capital. Preparations already take much longer. Thus, traffic redirection is already expected throughout the week.
At the Berlin Marathon on Sunday, 46,983 runners are expected – more than ever. It also has more than 5,000 tickets, about 160 hand cyclists and 69 wheelchair riders. Participants come from 150 countries, as Jurgen Locke, CEO of organizer SCC Events proudly announced on Monday. Last year, there were 133 nations.
Germany still has the largest share of participants, with just over 20,000 people. 6188 come from Berlin – most from Punk. The district that was least animated about running is Marzan-Schelleldorf.
With world records – like that of Eliud Kipchoge 2018 – Locke doesn't expect this year. However, after the 46-year-old Berlin Marathon on Sunday, one million participants are expected to cross the finish line on Sunday afternoon.
Also on the track are expected one million viewers. Locke praised the cooperation with more than 20 participating governments, and the Senate did a great job.
Traffic diversion is the biggest challenge for the police. Oliver Hartwick of the responsible command station advises drivers to "repeat the successful car-free week and leave the car at home for the weekend." The blockades, however, have already begun during the week.
Review of the 2019 Berlin Marathon in review
From Monday, September 23:
The June 17th street will be closed at six o'clock between Hitzhak-Rabin Street and March 18th Square. The suspension will be lifted only after one week – Monday night, September 30 to Tuesday, October 01 – again.
From Wednesday, September 25:
At eight o'clock preparations are underway in the north of the square, March 18. Here, too, the suspension continues until Monday, September 30, but only until six o'clock in the morning.
From Thursday, September 26:
The road closure on June 17 will be extended from both sides to the area between Grand Star and Yitzhak-Rabin Street. The section stays on cars, too, until Monday, 30.09, not passable.
From Friday, September 27:
From four o'clock in the morning, Eberstrajce will be closed – between Berenstrasse and Feyedmanstree.
From 6 pm, police will also take Fitzhak-Rabin-Straze as well as Heinrich-von-Gagren-Straze (between Otto-von-Bismarck-Ale and Strasse des 17. June), Paul-Liebe-Ale (between the Reichstag and Federal Office) and Fidemanstray (from Eberstree to the House of World Cultures) for car traffic.
Both locks will be closed at six o'clock on Monday, September 30.
Saturday, September 28:
From nine o'clock it is forbidden to stop all along the route. From the twelve o'clock clock, the following roads are blocked:
- Sigismundstrasse between Posterder Strase and Fitzgale
- Potsdamer Strasse between Reichpietzschefer and Ebert St / Streisemann / – Potsdamer Platz
- Parier Platz including the Wilhelmstreis junction
- Unter den Linden of Glinkastreich
- Wilhelmstrasse between Dorothemstr. and Unter den Linden
- Highstrike among Mittelstrand. and Unter den Linden
Strossmanmanstray (northbound) behind the intersection and Eberstrajce (southbound) off Bellevstrasse junction as of 1pm.
From 2:30 pm to 7 pm, the entire mini-marathon route and skateboard are closed.
Sunday, September 29th:
From three o'clock in the evening there is a ban on stopping for the whole course.
The marathon route is then closed from 7.30am to 5pm.
Police will gradually clear the route Sunday after participants pass. At the weekend, citizens can find out about traffic restrictions through the police hotline (tel. (030) -4664-740790). The Thees line can be reached on Saturdays between 12.30 pm and 6.30 pm and on Sundays between 7.00 pm and 4.30 pm.