Before the inline skaters kicked off the competition over the full distance at the 2022 BMW Berlin-Marathon on Saturday afternoon, a small fleet of fully-electric BMW CE 04 took on the fastest 42 kilometers on the international running calendar.
Like the biggest marathon in Germany, the two-wheeler is a genuine Berliner: it is manufactured at the BMW Group plant in Berlin, where the international BMW Motorrad production is located. The BMW CE 04 and a selection of fully-electric BMW cars were also in action as route and organizational cars for the whole famous weekend event.
First, the skaters
The fleet of scooters led out the 4 153 inline skaters, who held their BMW Berlin-Marathon on Saturday afternoon. Belgian Speed Skating Olympic Champion Bart Swings was the first man home, setting a new world record at 56:45 minutes. Marie Dupuy from France (1:11:19 hours) won the women’s race in a heart-stopping finish.
“The BMW CE 04 is the perfect urban companion. With its electric drive, forward-looking design, and innovative connectivity solutions, the new scooter perfectly merges transport and communication functions,” says the BMW press release. “The lithium-ion battery can be charged either at a regular household socket, a wall box, or a public charging station. With the new BMW CE 04, BMW Motorrad continues to consistently pursue its electromobility strategy for urban conurbations.”
45 000 runners, another world record
The 48th BMW Berlin-Marathon proved to be one for the history books. Ideal conditions saw remarkable records set in the women’s and men’s events. The winners were all the 45 000 athletes who completed the 42-kilometer distance, encouraged and cheered on by countless fans along the route.
The Berlin marathon is known as one of the fastest in the world and that has been confirmed again. Everybody enjoyed it, one man was, again, outstanding. 37-year-old Eliud Kipchoge, the two-time Olympic champion completed the first half of the race in under an hour.
He was unable to maintain this speed all the way to the finish line, but the timer on the BMW i4 pace car stopped at 2:01:09 hours – exactly half a minute quicker than his previous world record time at the BMW Berlin-Marathon 2018. The Kenyan runner has now triumphed four times in Berlin and shares the title of record winner with Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie.
As title partner, the BMW Group supported the BMW Berlin-Marathon with 55 course and organizational vehicles. These included the fully-electric BMW i4, BMW iX, and BMW iX3 besides the already mentioned CE 04.
BMW Group Plant Berlin
In the Berlin district of Spandau, on a site of around 230 000 m² in total, is the world’s only complete production facility for BMW motorcycles and scooters. BMW two-wheelers have been coming off the production line at the tradition-steeped Berlin plant since 1969. These days, more than 155 000 vehicles and their engines, chassis, and drive components are produced each year.
More than 2 200 highly qualified employees manufacture up to 800 vehicles daily. “The diversity of the 27 motorcycle models overall, in different divisions like sport, tour, roadster, heritage, adventure, and urban mobility, do credit to the brand and are sold in more than 130 countries around the world,” says a proud BMW press release.