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Old November 7th, 2013, 05:27 PM   #1
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Default Berlin Inline Marathon '14

I may have the opportunity next September to travel to Berlin for the inline marathon. If anybody has participated in this event and could provide me some insight I'd sure appreciate it. I'd like to hear about the course, where to stay, advice and tips...anything to educate me on the overall experience. Thanks.
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Old January 12th, 2014, 10:51 PM   #2
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It's the biggest skate marathon in Europe, and the fastest because of this - a flat closed loop of the city, with lots of paceline to hop onto.

where to stay? er, anywhere you can get a room really. Don't forget there's 40,000 runners who are looking for accommodation that weekend, too.
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Old January 13th, 2014, 07:03 PM   #3
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One should book the hotel very soon - prices are already high and hotels in striking distance of the Brandenburger Tor (say 2mls radius) become pretty much sold-out (or you pay a helluvalot...).

Already looking forward to doing my 2nd Berlin marathon...

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Old January 15th, 2014, 10:43 AM   #4
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Metro (U-bahns and S-bahns) is so well in Berlin that you do not need to stay even near the Brandenburger Tor. It takes around 30-40 minutes to get from one side of town to another and U-bahns drive each couple of minutes. Oh and I have booked an apartment around 2 months before the event and without a major problem (there were also some hotels a bit further out that would require S-bahn usage, but that is not really a problem).

Course does not have any major ups and downs except gradual hills. There are many pacelines especially if you get into B wave, where you can get into some really nice racing, but in wave C it was a bit more boring. Here you have my video of last marathon from wave C, otherwise surf my channel for shorter highlights version.http://youtu.be/_WELmq5YZXw

There are a lot of people but in my experience most of them are on density of 1 hour 30 minutes+ or so.

I will be going to 2014 edition as well with my team...
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Old August 28th, 2014, 07:21 PM   #5
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Anyone else going and would like to meet? I'll pick up the numbers on Friday, probably around noon to avoid the afternoon traffic
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Old September 15th, 2014, 05:58 PM   #6
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Anyone else going and would like to meet? I'll pick up the numbers on Friday, probably around noon to avoid the afternoon traffic
I'll be there, also picking up number on Friday. But only in the afternoon I think.

Letme - what wave are you and your team in? I am currently in B, but want to negotiate myself into A...need to see if that works...
Just in case: watch out for a blue/yellow suit with "Speedskater Dusseldorf" on the back. I am the one with the friendly reminder (ASS DOWN) on the skates

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Old September 16th, 2014, 07:08 PM   #7
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Heh, I'm in wave C and I'll stay there (got fat and chubby in last year so going up would not do me good) with 2 other guys (green skinsuit, brand new just for Berlin - each of us has name on back pocket-> look for Crt). I'll also be picking stuff up on Friday, but I'll try to avoid the crowd and get there around midday. Are you gonna start on right or left side of start (looking towards course?).

One of my guys is set out to win wave B as he said its better to be 1st in village than last in city - maybe you can give him a tough race if they wont let you start in A
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Old September 17th, 2014, 04:10 AM   #8
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Are you gonna start on right or left side of start (looking towards course?).

One of my guys is set out to win wave B as he said its better to be 1st in village than last in city - maybe you can give him a tough race if they wont let you start in A
Hi Letme,
looks as if I can do A now :-) I think A is starting on one side only (can't remember if it was L or R).
Last year in B I was on the left side, slightly less crowded.
Winning B is tough I believe...last time we were a really large pack from start to end. Most difficult question for your buddy is probably when to move to the front (I missed that and got a bit "stuck" - my 1st time in Berlin last year, lesson learned...). So fingers crossed for your buddy!

Cheers - and maybe we bump into each other on Friday!
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Old September 19th, 2014, 04:22 PM   #9
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Ye, he was there last year and ended sprint in I think top10, but ended around 30th because they are making the order using the neto time. He'll get it right this year for sure.

Btw look for people in this T-shirts on fair
http://www.rklj.si/tshirt2014.jpg
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Old September 27th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #10
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Impressive win by Bart Swings today: 58:10!
Almost three minutes ahead of second place finisher, Severin Widmer!

http://results.scc-events.com/2014/?pid=search

Bart is AMAZING! Especially his ability to race inlines all summer and fall, and then quickly transition to ice for the winter. His results in Sochi were pretty impressive:

1,500 metres 10th
5,000 metres 4th
10,000 metres 5th

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Old September 27th, 2014, 09:21 PM   #11
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Hey niko,
Thanks for greetings - teammates told me you found them I tried energy drink instead of water and it was a disaster, but it just proved that you should never try new things on race. Not that I had a good season, so trying this is just a one last effort to maybe get some benefit. It proves that you really cant buy speed (not even with special food/drinks).
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Old September 27th, 2014, 11:24 PM   #12
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I just read a race report. Bart and Severin made a breakaway after only 2km. They took turns leading, working together for about 40 minutes. Bart skated the final 14 km solo!
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Old September 28th, 2014, 09:46 PM   #13
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Hey niko,
Thanks for greetings - teammates told me you found them I tried energy drink instead of water and it was a disaster, but it just proved that you should never try new things on race. Not that I had a good season, so trying this is just a one last effort to maybe get some benefit. It proves that you really cant buy speed (not even with special food/drinks).
Hi Letme!
yeah - good you showed me the shirt layout :-)
Energy drink is really something one needs to test in advance...
My season was also not great...got a slipped disc issue in early spring (which was only detected after the Berlin half marathon). Didn't train for about 2 months and then had to start slowly...considering that, my time this year was OK even if I had planned to be 2mins faster...but had to acknowledge that my time was the max possible.
Hope you enjoyed the race even with the energy drink - atmosphere was great IMHO :-)

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Old September 29th, 2014, 05:51 PM   #14
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You cant imagine what 2 glasses of half spilled water did on 30km marker! Like I'd get a rocket in my ass. I have funny endomondo graphs

Atmosphere was great as usual. No flaw in organization, although I must say I think there were a lot more falls this year. And that means also huge falls where one would fall and then after 10 skaters he'd get hit by someone and splat went all behind. I dont know what people are doing, but the one I have on video just seems to fall without any obstacle (no hole, bump, sewer, rails...). I saw a lot of Vikings on ground - I hope our skatelogger friend was ok.

I'm going next year of course.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 08:20 PM   #15
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Nasty crash in the elite pack trying to catch Bart and Severin on a tough right turn:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...le.com%2F&_rdr
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Nasty crash in the elite pack trying to catch Bart and Severin on a tough right turn:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...le.com%2F&_rdr
M8 - this is WOMEN PACK. Lolobrigida is the one in rainbow jersey - the first one that fell...
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Old September 30th, 2014, 08:51 AM   #17
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I have to say that I did not really enjoy my 2014 Berlin Inline marathon experience at all.

In the end I posted a 1:28:06 which is respectable for me, but that only tells half the story as I clipped skates several times with other skaters, avoided two crashes early on, had the guy in front of me stack over a manhole cover, had the girl in front of me clip skates and send another skater flying, and had the guy behind me stack also.. 5 or 6 near misses in total.

It was like a flippin' demolition derby, and I'm very fortunate to have made it around unscathed. I think unfortunately that there are a lot of people who come to Berlin and skate beyond their current ability in trying to set fast time. They may get away with it but also many don't and cause crashes.

The run marathon on Sunday was much more civilized.. I finished in 3:59:10 and with a smile on my face. 28th out of 87 in the dual starter category.
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Old October 1st, 2014, 09:55 PM   #18
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For others the Berlin Skatemarathon went very well.
Susan Luetzner from Denmark set a high benchmark for the Quadskaters with 1:28:27 which made her the fastest quadskater men and woman.
I rearly admire her power.

Result Susan Luetzner

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For others the Berlin Skatemarathon wet very well.
Susan Luetzner from Denmark set a high benchmark for the Quadskaters with 1:28:27 which made her the fastest quadskater men and woman.
I rearly admire her power.

Result Susan Luetzner
Yes, she was in my paceline for a lot of the race. I was super-impressed!
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