It’s no secret that the Berlin Marathon course is fast. In fact, as of 2021, there have been 11 world records set on the flat, 26.2-mile loop around Germany’s capital. The last world record was set in 2018 by Eliud Kipchoge, who clipped off 4:38 miles on his way to winning Berlin in a time of 2:01:39, shattering the previous record by one minute and 18 seconds.
After COVID-19 shut down the 2020 edition, the Berlin Marathon is back to challenge participants and excite viewers.
Ready to get up early for some viewing in the United States? Here’s how to watch this year’s Berlin Marathon.
Here’s how to watch it go down:
WHAT: The 2021 Berlin Marathon
WHY: The fastest marathoners in the world are competing on one of the fastest courses on the map—and records are in reach.
WHEN: The race starts at 3:15 a.m. EST (9:15 a.m. Berlin time) on Sunday, September 26.
WHERE TO WATCH: In the U.S., you can stream the Berlin Marathon on Peacock. To watch live and on-demand afterward, you must have a premium account, which costs $4.99 per month. Coverage starts at 3 a.m. on September 26. FloTrack will also be streaming the marathon. The service costs $29.99 monthly, or $12.49 monthly with an annual subscription. The race will also broadcast live on NBC Sports Network, with coverage beginning at 3 a.m.
Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia headlines this year’s men’s race. In 2019, he nearly broke Kipchoge’s world record with a 2:01:41 finishing time. Bekele won the 2016 men’s race as well. Expect him to chase Kipchoge’s record once again. Challengers include Ethiopian teammates Guye Adola, who placed second at the 2017 Berlin Marathon behind Kipchoge, and 22-year-old Olika Adugna, who won his 26.2 debut this past January in Dubai.
On the women’s side, Hiwot Gebrekidan of Ethopia enters with the only sub-2:20 time, owning a personal best of 2:19:35 set earlier this year at the Milano Marathon. She is followed by three women who have run under 2:21: Purity Rionoripo of Kenya, Amane Beriso of Ethiopia, and Shure Demise of Ethiopia.