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Known as the “fastest marathon in the world” due to its flat terrain and mild autumn temperatures, the Berlin Marathon attracts elite athletes focused on setting new personal records and amateur runners looking to have a good time. The marathon course winds through several boroughs in Berlin, beginning and ending near the Brandenburg Gate, one of the best-known German landmarks.
Jewish athletes will find running the Berlin course particularly powerful – anexultant closure of decades-old wounds. When the Nazis rose to power, they used the Brandenburg Gate as a party symbol. So many years later, the Nazi party is but a memory and Jewish runners can claim a national victory by striding through Germany’s capital city with their heads held high – all the way to the finish line at the Brandenburg Gate.