10/03/2012 07:33 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

An Urban Experience Beyond A Runners High: The 39th BMW Berlin Marathon (VIDEO)

Summer has gone, and yet it's still time to go for a run. In Berlin, sportsmen and sportswomen from all over the world thus had a great get-together on September 30 -- and so did thousands of spectators along the streets.

It's about sports, of course. But it's also a big party, with the runners being cheered by fans, families, friends and Berlin visitors. It's hard to imagine how you could escape from this spectacle which occupies the greater part of central Berlin. And indeed, there's no reason why you should -- even if you are not so much into physical exercise.

The electrifying atmosphere is steamed up by samba drummers, and later in the afternoon official and spontaneous private celebrations spring up everywhere in the city. Central to the excitement, of course, is the course, with thousands of athletes running through Brandenburg Gate, to name but one of many nice and historic hotspots along the way.

It's a feast for the film maker, getting sporty people, a nice urban panorama and friendly crowds at once, while the news gives us all the important facts. Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya won the 39th BMW Berlin-Marathon 2012 in 2:04:15, 40,000 athletes took part, a million spectators came to watch and celebrate and more than 70 live bands delivered the soundtrack.

Our latest contribution to our small video series "Berlin 01:30" adds to this as it tries to capture the beat of it all. Enjoy!