Generali Berlin Half Marathon Joins Cardiff in the SuperHalfs Series for 2024
Generali Berlin Half Marathon, one of the most iconic and beloved half marathons in the world, will be joining the Principality Cardiff Half Marathon in the SuperHalfs series from next year.
This will mean there will now be six prestigious races in the series, bringing even more runners from overseas to the Welsh capital.
Previously, the SuperHalfs consisted of five exceptional races in Lisbon, Prague, Copenhagen, Cardiff, and Valencia, where participants had 36 months to complete the series. However, with Generali Berlin Half Marathon, put on by SCC Events, starting in 2024, runners will now have the option to complete all six races, with 60 months from the day of their first race to tick them all off.
All runners will be enlisted on the new six-race SuperJourney, but those who have already begun their adventure will have the option to earn a SuperMedal after completing the existing five races. Runners who have already completed the series will also have the option to extend.
The Principality Cardiff Half has already seen more runners than ever toeing the start line from overseas – with 1,500 taking part this year.
110 runners also found themselves completing their fifth race, earning themselves the sought after SuperMedal. However, these participants will also have the opportunity to extend their SuperJourney by running in Berlin, should they wish.
While the race saw most overseas entrants from European countries including Spain, Germany, Portugal and Italy. Runners as far away as Brazil (with 40 sign ups), USA, Canada and Australia also took part, proving that the Principality Cardiff Half is well and truly on the worldwide race map.
Matt Newman, CEO of race organiser Run 4 Wales, said: “Being part of the SuperHalfs series is brilliant for Cardiff and having Berlin join us from next year is fantastic news. We saw a record number of overseas entrants at this year’s event and we’re only expecting this number to grow, bringing a boost in tourism to the Welsh capital.”
Wales has a long history of trade and cultural exchange with Germany – and is no stranger to welcoming in those from the country. In fact, 85,000 Germans visit Wales each year and it’s estimated to be home to 11,000 people originally born in Germany. There are also 26 towns and cities twinned between the two countries.
Managing Director of SuperHalfs, Saso Belovski, said: “Our goal with SuperHalfs has always been to challenge and inspire runners to achieve their personal best while exploring some of Europe’s most captivating cities. We are thrilled to welcome the Berlin Half Marathon into the SuperHalfs family, offering runners an even more diverse and rewarding experience. With six exceptional races, we believe this expansion will ignite even more passion for the sport.”
The Managing Directors of SCC Events, Christian Jost and Jürgen Lock, said: “We are delighted to join the SuperHalfs series with the Generali Berlin Half Marathon and welcome runners from around Europe to experience the unique charm of the German capital. This collaboration will create an even more unforgettable race experience and bring our beloved event to a global audience.”
The SuperHalfs series has already captured the hearts and determination of over 20,000 runners, and with the inclusion of the Generali Berlin Half Marathon, this number is expected to grow even further.
The last race of the 2023 season, the Valencia Half Marathon, will see over 300 dedicated runners complete their fifth and final race, earning them the prestigious SuperRunner title. However, they can, of course, opt to continue their journey and add the stamp of Berlin into their SuperPassport.
For more information visit www.superhalfs.com