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HALLO BERLIN

Hallo Berlin! 

Ich bin ein Berliner. Berlin was always going to be our first new chapter when we decided to grow out of London. Why? Because this city only ever asks: why not? A creative powerhouse of people, freedom and excitement Berlin literally breaks down walls, rips up the rules and unites people like few other cities in the world. If you could bottle this metropolises ‘anything goes’ attitude the world would be a much better place. We love you Berlin.

Berlin is also a running dynamo. This is where people come to get their personal best. It’s where records are shattered and dreams are made.  Forget what you think you know about running in Berlin though. We won't wait for the Verkehrsübergang to go green – and neither should you. Leave your inhibitions at home, jump straight in and join the movement. Berlin life is about to get a lot more loud. 

Welcome to Berlin Midnight Runners.


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Wednesdays


WEDNESDAY EVENING 10K BOOT CAMP RUN

Wednesdays


WEDNESDAY EVENING 10K BOOT CAMP RUN

EVERY WEDNESDAY @ 7:30 PM SHARP:

10K MUSIC BOOT CAMP RUN

(THIS IS WHAT WE ARE KNOWN FOR: 10K RUN WITH 5 BODYWEIGHT EXERCISE STOPS ALONG THE WAY. FOLLOWED BY SOCIAL DRINKS)

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE.

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Special events


THEMED MIDNIGHT RUNS

Special events


THEMED MIDNIGHT RUNS

6 TO 9 TIMES A YEAR:

10K THEMED BOOT CAMP RUN

(MOST FUN YOU'VE EVER HAD RUNNING: JUST LIKE ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING BUT ON A FRIDAY NIGHT, IN A FANCY DRESS AND FOLLOWED BY A DJ'ED AFTERPARTY)

FOR MORE INFO CLICK HERE.

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Berlin FAQs


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Berlin FAQs


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR YOUR EVENTS?

Sign up via our mobile app myCrew (iOS | Android). Our events are free but their capacity is limited! Make sure to tap 'check in' in the app when you arrive to the event so we can record your attendance. 

 

2. THE EVENT SAYS IT’S FULL, CAN I STILL COME?

We have to keep a limit on numbers so sadly not - but please sign up to the waiting list and we will let you know if there are any late cancellations. We have to put a cap on our events for safety reasons. We recommend signing up to another future MR event.

 

3.  IS THERE A FEE?

No – Berlin Midnight Runners is totally free.

 

4.  HOW OFTEN/ WHEN DO YOU RUN?

Please check our Facebook page or the myCrew app (iOS | Android) for the latest details but typically:

  • Wednesday 10km Boot Camp Run - EVERY WEEK - starting at 19:30 (please arrive by 19:15 to check in and leave your bag)

  • Midnight Runs - ONCE A MONTH (ish) on Friday/ Saturday - usually starts at 20:00

 

5.  HOW FAST DO YOU RUN/ AM I FAST ENOUGH?

The speed of our group varies between 4min / km to 6 min / km (6.5 min/ miles to 9.5 min /miles). On our 10km bootcamp runs the workout stops are a perfect opportunity for slower runners to catch up with the faster ones but to enjoy them, you should be capable of running 10k in 60 mins. You should be comfortable in running 10k.

6. WHAT DISTANCE DO YOU TYPICALLY RUN?

  • Wednesday Boot Camp Run – 10km but we stop every 2km to engage in awesome boot camp exercises
  • Midnight Runs –  typically around 10 km long

 

7. WHERE DO YOU MEET UP?

  • Wednesday Boot Camp Run – meet at Kantine Berliner Ensemble by Friedrichstrasse Station.
  • Sunday / Midnight runs – varies but usually in Central Berlin. Have a look at our Facebook page or the myCrew app (iOS | Android) for details.

 

10. IS THERE A BAG CHECK AVAILABLE?

  • Wednesday Boot Camp Run – Yes, there is an opportunity to store your clothes & bags securely on Wednesday. Please turn up at least 15 minutes before the run to securely store your bag.
  • Midnight Runs – No, typically runners will pack light and carry a small rucksack if needed.

 

11. WHO ORGANISES MIDNIGHT RUNNERS?

Midnight Runners is organised by a group of volunteers, known as Crew Captains – you will recognise them by the Pink C bands at events. There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes and none of the Crew are paid by Midnight Runners. We all have other jobs but are enthusiastic about keeping running inclusive and fun.

 

12. WHAT MUSIC DO YOU PLAY?

It varies from event to event, but it's always good running music! We also carry a bunch of Ultimate Ears Boom and Megaboom speakers as well as the PartyBag so Berlin can hear us ;-)

 

13. WHAT ARE THE ‘MIDNIGHT’ RUNS?

We often organise a special run on Friday / Saturday which is themed and followed by an after-run party! It is a lot of fun!

 

14. COULD YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE AFTER-RUN PARTY?

Sure. After the Midnight Run (typically around 23:00) we head to a bar for a party and to grab a few drinks. There is a DJ, dance floor and, like in any bar, a wide selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.

 

15. DOES EVERYONE GO AS THEY ARE TO THE AFTER-RUN PARTY OR IS THERE SOMEWHERE TO GET CHANGED?

Most people go as they are, but of course you can get changed. There are no showers, though.

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We are super excited to have you join our family of fun fitness fanatics. We train hard and we socialise even harder. So if you're looking for a place to get fitter and to get to know A LOT of active people – look no further.

But don't take our word for it. Join one of our events and see for yourself what we are all about.

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Berlin-Crew


MEET THE CREW

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MEET THE CREW

This wonderful bunch bring so much energy every week - hover over their pictures to find out more!

 "You are stronger than you think you are”. This is Erika’s (@erika_soprano) motto in life, and what a motto it is. This Californian beauty’s story isn’t just words, but one of real, unfiltered strength and determination. Erika is a long-time runner and triathlete – she has completed NYC and Berlin Marathons, and many half-Ironman distance triathlons in the United States. As a sign of the kind and caring soul that she is, she ran as guide for disabled athletes in New York during the 2009 and 2010 marathons - she describes it as the best running experience in her life, and something she implores others to try at least once.  However things soon changed. Four years ago Erika woke up and couldn’t feel her legs or feet. She was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and her life was changed forever. Over the next two years, Erika taught herself to walk again, and then run. This was one hell of a journey. But Erika’s is a story of perseverance, patience, and determination above all. “Fast forward two years after my diagnosis, and I did a 25km race here in Berlin. I had a wildest-dream goal time in mind, but in reality I just wanted to finish”. For Erika this was a big moment. The outcome? “ I beat my goal time, and sobbed as I crossed the finish line…it was pretty emotional and memorable”.  When you overcome such a hurdle in life, how does this influence you as a leader of a running community? “I may be one of the slower captains, and some days, running is still really difficult for me. But I’ve learned, your body can always do more than your mind thinks it can. I like running in the back, and encouraging people who think they cant finish, or go faster, or push harder, because there was a time I didn’t think I would ever run again…now of course I can. And after every single run, I take a minute to just be thankful that my body can do it.”  For Erika, Midnight Runners is about the “positivity, the inclusivity and watching the slow runners get stronger and faster each week. I wont be happy until they have left me in the dust”. Oh did we mention that Erika's day job is an opera singer? Yup, that right. When she is not running with us she sings opera. WOW. (Check out www.erikabuchholz.com). Erika – you an inspiration to us all. Next time you don’t think you can do something? Remember Erika’s story and sprint the final 100 metres.

"You are stronger than you think you are”. This is Erika’s (@erika_soprano) motto in life, and what a motto it is. This Californian beauty’s story isn’t just words, but one of real, unfiltered strength and determination. Erika is a long-time runner and triathlete – she has completed NYC and Berlin Marathons, and many half-Ironman distance triathlons in the United States. As a sign of the kind and caring soul that she is, she ran as guide for disabled athletes in New York during the 2009 and 2010 marathons - she describes it as the best running experience in her life, and something she implores others to try at least once.

However things soon changed. Four years ago Erika woke up and couldn’t feel her legs or feet. She was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease and her life was changed forever. Over the next two years, Erika taught herself to walk again, and then run. This was one hell of a journey. But Erika’s is a story of perseverance, patience, and determination above all. “Fast forward two years after my diagnosis, and I did a 25km race here in Berlin. I had a wildest-dream goal time in mind, but in reality I just wanted to finish”. For Erika this was a big moment. The outcome? “ I beat my goal time, and sobbed as I crossed the finish line…it was pretty emotional and memorable”.

When you overcome such a hurdle in life, how does this influence you as a leader of a running community? “I may be one of the slower captains, and some days, running is still really difficult for me. But I’ve learned, your body can always do more than your mind thinks it can. I like running in the back, and encouraging people who think they cant finish, or go faster, or push harder, because there was a time I didn’t think I would ever run again…now of course I can. And after every single run, I take a minute to just be thankful that my body can do it.”

For Erika, Midnight Runners is about the “positivity, the inclusivity and watching the slow runners get stronger and faster each week. I wont be happy until they have left me in the dust”. Oh did we mention that Erika's day job is an opera singer? Yup, that right. When she is not running with us she sings opera. WOW. (Check out www.erikabuchholz.com). Erika – you an inspiration to us all. Next time you don’t think you can do something? Remember Erika’s story and sprint the final 100 metres.

ERIKA

 Next up in our Berlin Crew props is our Aussie bad boy - Austin ( @leyaustin ). This long, luscious-haired hunk joined us right from the beginning, and it wasn’t long until his sense of humour had us all converted to  #bemoreaustin . However behind this quick wit and good looks is a true gentleman. “I started running as it was a form of escape, even a meditation of sorts…oh I also like eating, so it’s a good way to slow the diabetes”. See what we mean about that sense of humour?  Austin is a humble man. “ I don’t run for the marathons or the PBs. For me it really is just about running. Staying fit. Feeling the air flow through my long hair. Seeing my abs.”  Abs aside, what does Austin truly love about MR? “It is an encouraging group that makes sure I stay active. It welcomes newcomers from every level. We have natural born athletes, people working on their beach bodies, and people who just want to stay in any form of shape. No ego, just a great attitude to ensure everyone is keen to exercise - and exercise well”. Austin is a rock in our group, he is always there to lend a hand, give advice, and most importantly give honest feedback when we are not giving at least 100 percent. He is always looking out for our community and championing our members - Austin is a true Crew Captain.  After reading this, we’re guessing you will probably want to hear Austin’s sage words for living a life of integrity and quality: “If you open a bag of Percy Pigs, having just one isn’t possible. You will eat all the Percy Pigs.” Thanks for the reminder, Austin…better lace up those trainers and get running!

Next up in our Berlin Crew props is our Aussie bad boy - Austin (@leyaustin). This long, luscious-haired hunk joined us right from the beginning, and it wasn’t long until his sense of humour had us all converted to #bemoreaustin. However behind this quick wit and good looks is a true gentleman. “I started running as it was a form of escape, even a meditation of sorts…oh I also like eating, so it’s a good way to slow the diabetes”. See what we mean about that sense of humour?

Austin is a humble man. “ I don’t run for the marathons or the PBs. For me it really is just about running. Staying fit. Feeling the air flow through my long hair. Seeing my abs.”

Abs aside, what does Austin truly love about MR? “It is an encouraging group that makes sure I stay active. It welcomes newcomers from every level. We have natural born athletes, people working on their beach bodies, and people who just want to stay in any form of shape. No ego, just a great attitude to ensure everyone is keen to exercise - and exercise well”. Austin is a rock in our group, he is always there to lend a hand, give advice, and most importantly give honest feedback when we are not giving at least 100 percent. He is always looking out for our community and championing our members - Austin is a true Crew Captain.

After reading this, we’re guessing you will probably want to hear Austin’s sage words for living a life of integrity and quality: “If you open a bag of Percy Pigs, having just one isn’t possible. You will eat all the Percy Pigs.” Thanks for the reminder, Austin…better lace up those trainers and get running!

AUSTIN

 All right, all right, all right! Next up is our fearless German MC, Alex (@lexmouth). Originally from near Aachen, Germany, Alex moved to Berlin “for work, and fell in love with the city!” Alex “just started running for fun in college and completed my first half marathon in 2014. After finishing the Berlin Marathon last year, I realized that I will probably be a runner forever!” That marathon experience, considered Alex’s greatest running achievement to date, taught him a lot: “…when I was just an hour away from the finish line, it seemed so sweet to stop - but my friend reminded me: ‘Alex, this is what we run for - the last hour. This is why we train!’ It was such a push to continue, it gave me the purpose I needed. It was the reason why I was there, and why I couldn't stop. It taught me how important purpose is in everything that we do.”  If you’ve run with Berlin Midnight Runners, you’ve probably seen and heard Alex smiling, high-fiving, and encouraging all runners along the route. “I love motivating people. I really love talking to people, finding out about their perspectives and helping if I can… For me, running is all about unity and equality. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what you do or who you are – when you run together, everyone is the same and you run as one. That is the spirit I felt from the start at Midnight Runners and that kept me motivated to come back week after week. At the same time, I love sharing the energy that I get through running with the people around me. In the end, as a captain you share your energy, but also get so much in return!  “I believe in the profound impact we all can have on the lives of other people. If I can create a smile on someone's face, my goal of the day is reached. It's as easy as that.” Thanks for always making us smile, Alex. We can’t wait to watch you crush your next goal!

All right, all right, all right! Next up is our fearless German MC, Alex (@lexmouth). Originally from near Aachen, Germany, Alex moved to Berlin “for work, and fell in love with the city!” Alex “just started running for fun in college and completed my first half marathon in 2014. After finishing the Berlin Marathon last year, I realized that I will probably be a runner forever!” That marathon experience, considered Alex’s greatest running achievement to date, taught him a lot: “…when I was just an hour away from the finish line, it seemed so sweet to stop - but my friend reminded me: ‘Alex, this is what we run for - the last hour. This is why we train!’ It was such a push to continue, it gave me the purpose I needed. It was the reason why I was there, and why I couldn't stop. It taught me how important purpose is in everything that we do.”

If you’ve run with Berlin Midnight Runners, you’ve probably seen and heard Alex smiling, high-fiving, and encouraging all runners along the route. “I love motivating people. I really love talking to people, finding out about their perspectives and helping if I can… For me, running is all about unity and equality. It doesn’t matter where you are from, what you do or who you are – when you run together, everyone is the same and you run as one. That is the spirit I felt from the start at Midnight Runners and that kept me motivated to come back week after week. At the same time, I love sharing the energy that I get through running with the people around me. In the end, as a captain you share your energy, but also get so much in return!

“I believe in the profound impact we all can have on the lives of other people. If I can create a smile on someone's face, my goal of the day is reached. It's as easy as that.” Thanks for always making us smile, Alex. We can’t wait to watch you crush your next goal!

ALEX

 Next in line is the happiest, most humble and most energetic Crew Captain going: Marcin.  So even on those grey, cold, Berlin winter nights, how does Marcin light us up so much? With his passion, of course: “my goal is to be better, healthier and faster each year. There is no big story, no particular remarkable event in a remarkable place: it is just about running. I think the biggest personal achievement in running for me is not a super cool result but the constant smile and joy that I get for competing in the sport I love”. We hear you man.  However, this humble guy has big ideas: “In 2018, I am turning 30 and leaving the beautiful twenties behind, so the plans are big. I want to do my first Half ironman and to beat the magical 5 hours in my debut. I’m also pushing for a sub-3 marathon.” Having smashed a 1,23 HM in Berlin, this plan looks like its well within grasp.  Simply put, the magic of MR inspired Marcin to volunteer his time for Berlin’s most badass run crew: “I don’t know how it works but MR is some-kind of miracle... I moved to Berlin from Poland in September knowing almost no one, and now I am part of this super-cool community of people sharing similar values. Midnight Runners are exceptional and amazing. It really doesn’t matter how tired you are, how bad work was that day, what troubles and worries you have, or if you are just in a bad mood - you come to the event, see all the smiles, all the positivity, the joy, the happiness, and you just simply forget all your problems, and leave all the bad things behind. One event a week, a couple of hours and you feel like you’ve been reborn - full of energy with a big smile, positive thinking, no work stress, fully relaxed and happy as hell! Your batteries are re-charged, and you feel like you can rock anything. I really doubt there is any other thing similar which can change your life so much as Midnight Runners - all I can say is, it is a miracle.” BOOOOOOM!  ‘I have no motto in life”, claims Marcin. But he does have a mantra of sorts: “2018 is a year of big changes: new city in Berlin, a new job, many running challenges... personally I just only hope my friends, family and myself will stay healthy - all other sporty things are just a great bonus”. Awesome words from a big hearted awesome man. See you at the front, Marcin!

Next in line is the happiest, most humble and most energetic Crew Captain going: Marcin.

So even on those grey, cold, Berlin winter nights, how does Marcin light us up so much? With his passion, of course: “my goal is to be better, healthier and faster each year. There is no big story, no particular remarkable event in a remarkable place: it is just about running. I think the biggest personal achievement in running for me is not a super cool result but the constant smile and joy that I get for competing in the sport I love”. We hear you man.

However, this humble guy has big ideas: “In 2018, I am turning 30 and leaving the beautiful twenties behind, so the plans are big. I want to do my first Half ironman and to beat the magical 5 hours in my debut. I’m also pushing for a sub-3 marathon.” Having smashed a 1,23 HM in Berlin, this plan looks like its well within grasp.

Simply put, the magic of MR inspired Marcin to volunteer his time for Berlin’s most badass run crew: “I don’t know how it works but MR is some-kind of miracle... I moved to Berlin from Poland in September knowing almost no one, and now I am part of this super-cool community of people sharing similar values. Midnight Runners are exceptional and amazing. It really doesn’t matter how tired you are, how bad work was that day, what troubles and worries you have, or if you are just in a bad mood - you come to the event, see all the smiles, all the positivity, the joy, the happiness, and you just simply forget all your problems, and leave all the bad things behind. One event a week, a couple of hours and you feel like you’ve been reborn - full of energy with a big smile, positive thinking, no work stress, fully relaxed and happy as hell! Your batteries are re-charged, and you feel like you can rock anything. I really doubt there is any other thing similar which can change your life so much as Midnight Runners - all I can say is, it is a miracle.” BOOOOOOM!

‘I have no motto in life”, claims Marcin. But he does have a mantra of sorts: “2018 is a year of big changes: new city in Berlin, a new job, many running challenges... personally I just only hope my friends, family and myself will stay healthy - all other sporty things are just a great bonus”. Awesome words from a big hearted awesome man. See you at the front, Marcin!

MARCIN

 Next up is our Crossfit superstar, Phil (@iamphilipppetersohn). Phil came to Berlin from a “tiny village in Brandenburg, with 150 proud inhabitants…I wanted to see something ‘bigger’ and already had many friends in Berlin, so I came here to study electronics and mechanical engineering.” Phil was always an athlete, playing football from a young age, but lingering ankle problems forced him to “hang up his shoes” and find another athletic pursuit. “I wanted to strengthen my muscles, so I started with Crossfit. I quickly became an advanced athlete and loved to teach people techniques to improve. So the box owner asked me if I would like to go through the coaching training.” You can always count on Phil to offer very helpful pointers for all of our bootcamp exercises…he’s truly a pro!  We in Berlin are lucky to have Coach Phil around to whip us into shape, but Phil feels pretty lucky as well: "Running has increased my Crossfit endurance. I was able to improve my stamina so much that the longer workouts are not a big problem anymore.” And of course, he loves the MR community. “Most of the time, I ran alone, because all my friends were playing soccer or ‘only’ in the gym. With Midnight Runners, I’m never alone. There is always a positive mood, and the community is constantly growing. I think it's great that people from all over the world are welcome, and we all have a chance to get to know each other. This strengthens the community, and helps to welcome newcomers to beautiful Berlin. The feeling of community is how I came to Crossfit, and also how I became a Midnight Runner.” Whether he’s prepping for his next goal (a potential marathon in 2019!), or playing beer pong after a party run, Phil plays a big part in the Berlin Midnight Runners community, and we’re happy to have him in the family!

Next up is our Crossfit superstar, Phil (@iamphilipppetersohn). Phil came to Berlin from a “tiny village in Brandenburg, with 150 proud inhabitants…I wanted to see something ‘bigger’ and already had many friends in Berlin, so I came here to study electronics and mechanical engineering.” Phil was always an athlete, playing football from a young age, but lingering ankle problems forced him to “hang up his shoes” and find another athletic pursuit. “I wanted to strengthen my muscles, so I started with Crossfit. I quickly became an advanced athlete and loved to teach people techniques to improve. So the box owner asked me if I would like to go through the coaching training.” You can always count on Phil to offer very helpful pointers for all of our bootcamp exercises…he’s truly a pro!

We in Berlin are lucky to have Coach Phil around to whip us into shape, but Phil feels pretty lucky as well: "Running has increased my Crossfit endurance. I was able to improve my stamina so much that the longer workouts are not a big problem anymore.” And of course, he loves the MR community. “Most of the time, I ran alone, because all my friends were playing soccer or ‘only’ in the gym. With Midnight Runners, I’m never alone. There is always a positive mood, and the community is constantly growing. I think it's great that people from all over the world are welcome, and we all have a chance to get to know each other. This strengthens the community, and helps to welcome newcomers to beautiful Berlin. The feeling of community is how I came to Crossfit, and also how I became a Midnight Runner.” Whether he’s prepping for his next goal (a potential marathon in 2019!), or playing beer pong after a party run, Phil plays a big part in the Berlin Midnight Runners community, and we’re happy to have him in the family!

PHIL

 Let’s meet our newest Berlin crew captain, AND Midnight Runners summer intern: Louis ! He’s a recent high school graduate and a new-ish Berliner: “…{in Denmark} I was in extremely familiar surroundings, and everything was comfortable – maybe a bit too comfortable. I needed a challenge, to do something on my own. So I thought: I’m going to move to one of my favourite cities, Berlin! Three weeks after I arrived to the city with two big suitcases – and without a plan!” And so Louis’ adventure began.  “I am from a “running family” and both of my parents are marathoners. When I was just a kid, my parents would force me to go running with them. I quickly started loving it; my burning lungs and exhausted legs would beg me to stop, but I learned to embrace the pain – and felt unstoppable and alive! When I run fast, my feet touch the ground for less than one third of a second at a time, and as a human being, you cannot get closer to flying. And who does not want to fly?” Louis definitely does run fast…you’ll usually find him in the front of the pack on Wednesday nights in Berlin. This year he finished the Copenhagen Marathon in 2:56:44 and qualified for Boston…yes!!!  But what makes Louis special isn’t just his speed. “Being a part of MIDNIGHT RUNNERS is a game changer and it gives me an incredible sense of community. I’ve become a faster and more motivated runner. Whenever I see the sparkling eyes of a fellow runner, I can psychically not stop smiling – and thinking that I might contribute to bringing this feeling of joy to others is life affirming, really. However, it does not stop here - I’ve also met people from all over the world and talking to so many different Midnight runners with so many different backgrounds is extremely inspiring and informative.” Louis, we love seeing that unmistakable grin and contagious enthusiasm every week, and are so glad you’re part of the family!

Let’s meet our newest Berlin crew captain, AND Midnight Runners summer intern: Louis ! He’s a recent high school graduate and a new-ish Berliner: “…{in Denmark} I was in extremely familiar surroundings, and everything was comfortable – maybe a bit too comfortable. I needed a challenge, to do something on my own. So I thought: I’m going to move to one of my favourite cities, Berlin! Three weeks after I arrived to the city with two big suitcases – and without a plan!” And so Louis’ adventure began.

“I am from a “running family” and both of my parents are marathoners. When I was just a kid, my parents would force me to go running with them. I quickly started loving it; my burning lungs and exhausted legs would beg me to stop, but I learned to embrace the pain – and felt unstoppable and alive! When I run fast, my feet touch the ground for less than one third of a second at a time, and as a human being, you cannot get closer to flying. And who does not want to fly?” Louis definitely does run fast…you’ll usually find him in the front of the pack on Wednesday nights in Berlin. This year he finished the Copenhagen Marathon in 2:56:44 and qualified for Boston…yes!!!

But what makes Louis special isn’t just his speed. “Being a part of MIDNIGHT RUNNERS is a game changer and it gives me an incredible sense of community. I’ve become a faster and more motivated runner. Whenever I see the sparkling eyes of a fellow runner, I can psychically not stop smiling – and thinking that I might contribute to bringing this feeling of joy to others is life affirming, really. However, it does not stop here - I’ve also met people from all over the world and talking to so many different Midnight runners with so many different backgrounds is extremely inspiring and informative.” Louis, we love seeing that unmistakable grin and contagious enthusiasm every week, and are so glad you’re part of the family!

LOUIS

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 You know those people who just burst into you world and make life way more exciting, louder and a hell of a lot more fun? Introducing Gabriel ( @intrepid_sole ) – Berlin Midnight Runners Crew Leader and all round hero. Gabriel first heard about us whilst running with a friend in London. It was one wet Berlin November evening that he found us, and immediately took our community by storm.  Gabriels running journey definitely does not start with Midnight Runners – the man is a running machine. This Canadian charmer is FAST: 10k in 31 minutes – easy! But this boy doesn’t take himself too seriously. When he isn’t smashing PBs he is breaking world records – he holds the pancake mile world record, and competes for Canada in the beer mile. Want to be inspired? Next time you run with us, ask Gabriel what its like to run up Mt Fuji in Japan, complete a half marathon in the high Himalayas or to create legendary and innovative running videos that tell his story. This year, Gabe is setting up a run classes in a school in India for two months, continuing to build BMR to be Berlin’s most exciting run crew, and planning a top secret ultra long distance run with fellow crew captain Jody – you have been warned - but if you consider this guys life motto is: “do, or do not, there is no try” you know it’s going to be epic…  Every strong community needs a leader, and Berlin Midnight Runners has found one in Gabriel. He is constantly working behind the scenes with an unmatched enthusiasm to make our crew even more awesome and more fun. Why does he love BMR? “I love being able to train and socialize with any level of runner. I am constantly inspired by not only accomplished runners, but also those who have the courage to come out and try running for the first time”. Gabriel is passionate about sharing the life-changing effects of running with as many people as possible – and this has made him an inspiration to us all. You will see him, at the front, bringing boundless energy with the worlds biggest smile. Gabe – you are a total hero – we couldn’t be happier you found us.

You know those people who just burst into you world and make life way more exciting, louder and a hell of a lot more fun? Introducing Gabriel (@intrepid_sole) – Berlin Midnight Runners Crew Leader and all round hero. Gabriel first heard about us whilst running with a friend in London. It was one wet Berlin November evening that he found us, and immediately took our community by storm.

Gabriels running journey definitely does not start with Midnight Runners – the man is a running machine. This Canadian charmer is FAST: 10k in 31 minutes – easy! But this boy doesn’t take himself too seriously. When he isn’t smashing PBs he is breaking world records – he holds the pancake mile world record, and competes for Canada in the beer mile. Want to be inspired? Next time you run with us, ask Gabriel what its like to run up Mt Fuji in Japan, complete a half marathon in the high Himalayas or to create legendary and innovative running videos that tell his story. This year, Gabe is setting up a run classes in a school in India for two months, continuing to build BMR to be Berlin’s most exciting run crew, and planning a top secret ultra long distance run with fellow crew captain Jody – you have been warned - but if you consider this guys life motto is: “do, or do not, there is no try” you know it’s going to be epic…

Every strong community needs a leader, and Berlin Midnight Runners has found one in Gabriel. He is constantly working behind the scenes with an unmatched enthusiasm to make our crew even more awesome and more fun. Why does he love BMR? “I love being able to train and socialize with any level of runner. I am constantly inspired by not only accomplished runners, but also those who have the courage to come out and try running for the first time”. Gabriel is passionate about sharing the life-changing effects of running with as many people as possible – and this has made him an inspiration to us all. You will see him, at the front, bringing boundless energy with the worlds biggest smile. Gabe – you are a total hero – we couldn’t be happier you found us.

GABE

 Midnight Runners exists for people like Sarah ( @kirbzilla ) - for people with a give-it-a-go attitude towards life. Fresh off the plane from Australia, Sarah dragged a friend along to our first run in Berlin. “I literally turned up with a ‘I’m not even sure I can run, but sure why not’ mentality”. It turns out she could…  In Midnight Runners, Sarah found a community of like minded souls – those as crazy and wonderful as herself. “I love that I have found a family on the other side of the world.” However it’s not just the awesome MR community that has helped Sarah in her new life as a Berliner. “Running allows me to eat all the falafel and drink all the beers a girl could want”. We hear you girl….  #lifegoals .  Sarah’s attitude towards life is wondrous; this is a bold girl with bold plans. This year she will run a Midnight Marathon (natürlich) inside the Arctic Circle. She has wider goals over the next few years to visit every continent in the world, become involved in Landscape Architecture without Borders, and live to be 100 to get a letter from Queen. It is this boundless energy and enthusiasm that sees Sarah encouraging our slower runners to keep going, every week. “It is the ecstatic thank you’s at the end, after they’ve told me they can’t keep running, that inspire me”. HERO.  Midnight Runners is famous for breaking down barriers and bringing people together: “I love that all my individual friends are now friends with each other through MR – it the glue between my friendships”. Sarah is a pretty big pillar of this crazy thing called BMR. She is constantly encouraging newcomers to join us, always bringing fresh energy, fresh people and excitement to our weekly meets – oh and if you ever match with Midnight Runners on Tinder in Berlin – you can thank this savvy lady for our most sexy promotion tool. Sarah you are both wonderful and crazy in equal measure. Thank you for making us laugh, making us faster and building our community. MR would not be MR without you.

Midnight Runners exists for people like Sarah (@kirbzilla) - for people with a give-it-a-go attitude towards life. Fresh off the plane from Australia, Sarah dragged a friend along to our first run in Berlin. “I literally turned up with a ‘I’m not even sure I can run, but sure why not’ mentality”. It turns out she could…

In Midnight Runners, Sarah found a community of like minded souls – those as crazy and wonderful as herself. “I love that I have found a family on the other side of the world.” However it’s not just the awesome MR community that has helped Sarah in her new life as a Berliner. “Running allows me to eat all the falafel and drink all the beers a girl could want”. We hear you girl…. #lifegoals.

Sarah’s attitude towards life is wondrous; this is a bold girl with bold plans. This year she will run a Midnight Marathon (natürlich) inside the Arctic Circle. She has wider goals over the next few years to visit every continent in the world, become involved in Landscape Architecture without Borders, and live to be 100 to get a letter from Queen. It is this boundless energy and enthusiasm that sees Sarah encouraging our slower runners to keep going, every week. “It is the ecstatic thank you’s at the end, after they’ve told me they can’t keep running, that inspire me”. HERO.

Midnight Runners is famous for breaking down barriers and bringing people together: “I love that all my individual friends are now friends with each other through MR – it the glue between my friendships”. Sarah is a pretty big pillar of this crazy thing called BMR. She is constantly encouraging newcomers to join us, always bringing fresh energy, fresh people and excitement to our weekly meets – oh and if you ever match with Midnight Runners on Tinder in Berlin – you can thank this savvy lady for our most sexy promotion tool. Sarah you are both wonderful and crazy in equal measure. Thank you for making us laugh, making us faster and building our community. MR would not be MR without you.

SARAH

 Our next Berlin crew captain is Laura (@lauramccord90). Laura recently moved to Berlin from East Kilbride (near Glasgow), in Scotland. Her big smile, blond ponytail, and fantastic costume for a party run immediately made us realize how special she was. It seems the love was mutual: “I found Midnight Runners in January this year and instantly fell in love with the concept and the community. I couldn’t stop talking about it for days after! I wish I had joined sooner! MR is made up of an amazing bunch of people with the best spirit and enthusiasm for getting fit and having fun whilst doing it.”  As a teenager, Laura was an elite cross-country athlete, chosen to represent her country in many international running events. At university, she “fell out of love with running,” but Midnight Runners “helped to reignite my love for the sport and now I can’t see myself ever stopping again!”  With her running background, Laura found work in Berlin as a physical education teacher in an international primary school…so becoming a captain was a natural fit! “After only my second or third run, I knew I wanted to be a captain and asked how I could get involved. As a PE teacher, I am naturally drawn to helping and motivating others and so thought it was the perfect role for me. The most rewarding achievement is helping others to achieve their goals. When a MR member or kid from my school is happy, does well and is loving sport it fills me with joy and keeps me coming back giving 110% week in week out!”  Laura has a lot to look forward to in 2018; along with getting married (!), she is determined to run her first marathon, along with tirelessly cheering on all our bootcamp participants every week. “Wednesday is my favourite day of the week and I also leave buzzing and with the biggest smile on my face! I am so thankful for the amazing experiences and opportunities Midnight Runners has given me so far and can’t wait to see what’s next!” Neither can we, Laura!

Our next Berlin crew captain is Laura (@lauramccord90). Laura recently moved to Berlin from East Kilbride (near Glasgow), in Scotland. Her big smile, blond ponytail, and fantastic costume for a party run immediately made us realize how special she was. It seems the love was mutual: “I found Midnight Runners in January this year and instantly fell in love with the concept and the community. I couldn’t stop talking about it for days after! I wish I had joined sooner! MR is made up of an amazing bunch of people with the best spirit and enthusiasm for getting fit and having fun whilst doing it.”

As a teenager, Laura was an elite cross-country athlete, chosen to represent her country in many international running events. At university, she “fell out of love with running,” but Midnight Runners “helped to reignite my love for the sport and now I can’t see myself ever stopping again!”

With her running background, Laura found work in Berlin as a physical education teacher in an international primary school…so becoming a captain was a natural fit! “After only my second or third run, I knew I wanted to be a captain and asked how I could get involved. As a PE teacher, I am naturally drawn to helping and motivating others and so thought it was the perfect role for me. The most rewarding achievement is helping others to achieve their goals. When a MR member or kid from my school is happy, does well and is loving sport it fills me with joy and keeps me coming back giving 110% week in week out!”

Laura has a lot to look forward to in 2018; along with getting married (!), she is determined to run her first marathon, along with tirelessly cheering on all our bootcamp participants every week. “Wednesday is my favourite day of the week and I also leave buzzing and with the biggest smile on my face! I am so thankful for the amazing experiences and opportunities Midnight Runners has given me so far and can’t wait to see what’s next!” Neither can we, Laura!

LAURA

 Hailing from Vienna, Austria, Marion (@mrndsk) joined Berlin’s coolest run crew in early 2018. Not many Berlin regulars might know this, but Marion moved to Berlin to work toward her master’s degree in Biotechnology: “I work in a lab – so when I’m not in my sports gear I run around wearing a lab coat, doing crazy science experiments.” Isn’t it fun to learn new things about the people you run next to every week?  Marion “loved Midnight Runners from the very first moment. Wednesdays just couldn’t come around fast enough and I was buzzing to run with all those amazing people again. I was new to Berlin, but MR made me feel welcome and I found some great friends – it made the new big city feel like home in no time.” Marion’s big smile and great sense of humour immediately impressed us; we’re so glad we found each other!  A nature-lover at heart, Marion has completed hikes in the Tyrolean Alps, white-water rafted on the Zambezi river, and bungee-jumped at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Talk about adventurous! Future goals include “trekking Annapurna circuit in Nepal later this year, and I would also love to climb Kilimanjaro at some point in my life.” Amazing. But unless she’s off on some fantastic adventure, you can find Marion running with us every Wednesday: “I love the combination of getting people to move, interact, make new friends and have a TON of fun all in one. It’s just an honor to be part of this amazing crew and I think together as a community we can achieve great things."

Hailing from Vienna, Austria, Marion (@mrndsk) joined Berlin’s coolest run crew in early 2018. Not many Berlin regulars might know this, but Marion moved to Berlin to work toward her master’s degree in Biotechnology: “I work in a lab – so when I’m not in my sports gear I run around wearing a lab coat, doing crazy science experiments.” Isn’t it fun to learn new things about the people you run next to every week?

Marion “loved Midnight Runners from the very first moment. Wednesdays just couldn’t come around fast enough and I was buzzing to run with all those amazing people again. I was new to Berlin, but MR made me feel welcome and I found some great friends – it made the new big city feel like home in no time.” Marion’s big smile and great sense of humour immediately impressed us; we’re so glad we found each other!

A nature-lover at heart, Marion has completed hikes in the Tyrolean Alps, white-water rafted on the Zambezi river, and bungee-jumped at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Talk about adventurous! Future goals include “trekking Annapurna circuit in Nepal later this year, and I would also love to climb Kilimanjaro at some point in my life.” Amazing. But unless she’s off on some fantastic adventure, you can find Marion running with us every Wednesday: “I love the combination of getting people to move, interact, make new friends and have a TON of fun all in one. It’s just an honor to be part of this amazing crew and I think together as a community we can achieve great things."

MARION

 Next up is the adventurous Sharon Fan (@shfantastic). Since birth she’s been on the move: “Born in Taiwan, moved to Indonesia, Singapore and Bahrain all before I turned 7…then Canada: Vancouver, Waterloo and Toronto. In the last three years, I have lived in the US, Taiwan, France, and Singapore, but currently Berlin is home.” Sharon came to one of our first runs in Berlin, and immediately started suggesting worldwide adventures and challenges (“most involving mountains and randomness”) to fellow members, so we knew she’d be a perfect captain. One of her favourite recent experiences: “I was hiking Mt. Kenya with buddies who wanted to snowboard the glacier near the summit..the next morning we woke up to the beginnings of a snowfall, and by the time we were at the highest hut, there had been over 0.5m of snow. We were able to snowboard in fresh slush (not powder) but more importantly, teach the art of snowboarding to our Kenyan porters.” What a great memory!  Sharon loves being part of the BMR crew, and encouraging fellow runners to be fearless. “I like to contribute my energy, my network, and my general love for free outdoor fitness to people who are not exposed to it, or too timid to join. My personal journey with running started with similar friends' encouragement to just get outside and train!” She’s got big dreams for her future, as well. “I’m always looking to hike more mountains, run more trail races, qualify for the Boston Marathon, and finally attempt an Olympic distance triathlon.” But in the meantime, her motto is simple: “Live every day present and grateful.”  Next time you see Sharon on a bootcamp run, be sure to ask her what crazy adventures she’s had this year, or what she’s planning for the future, and prepare to be inspired!

Next up is the adventurous Sharon Fan (@shfantastic). Since birth she’s been on the move: “Born in Taiwan, moved to Indonesia, Singapore and Bahrain all before I turned 7…then Canada: Vancouver, Waterloo and Toronto. In the last three years, I have lived in the US, Taiwan, France, and Singapore, but currently Berlin is home.” Sharon came to one of our first runs in Berlin, and immediately started suggesting worldwide adventures and challenges (“most involving mountains and randomness”) to fellow members, so we knew she’d be a perfect captain. One of her favourite recent experiences: “I was hiking Mt. Kenya with buddies who wanted to snowboard the glacier near the summit..the next morning we woke up to the beginnings of a snowfall, and by the time we were at the highest hut, there had been over 0.5m of snow. We were able to snowboard in fresh slush (not powder) but more importantly, teach the art of snowboarding to our Kenyan porters.” What a great memory!

Sharon loves being part of the BMR crew, and encouraging fellow runners to be fearless. “I like to contribute my energy, my network, and my general love for free outdoor fitness to people who are not exposed to it, or too timid to join. My personal journey with running started with similar friends' encouragement to just get outside and train!” She’s got big dreams for her future, as well. “I’m always looking to hike more mountains, run more trail races, qualify for the Boston Marathon, and finally attempt an Olympic distance triathlon.” But in the meantime, her motto is simple: “Live every day present and grateful.”

Next time you see Sharon on a bootcamp run, be sure to ask her what crazy adventures she’s had this year, or what she’s planning for the future, and prepare to be inspired!

SHARON

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