Amitesh Mishra will be representing India at the 2019 edition of the historic Berlin Marathon which will be held on September 28, 2019, in the streets of the capital city of Germany. Mishra will be the youngest Indian to ever participate at the Marathon.
Amitesh Mishra, at the age of 19, will compete in the Inline Skater-Marathon category of the 2019 Berlin Marathon which is also the final round of the 2019 World Inline Cup series. The Skater-Marathon of the event sees thousands of participants each year and is also considered the largest inline skater marathon in the world. The Skater Marathon will cover the same marathon distance of 42.195kms through the streets of Berlin which will start and finish near the Brandenburg Gate.
While the Skating-Marathon category became a part of the event from 1997, the Berlin Marathon itself dates back to 1974 and the historic event has been held annually ever since. The Berlin Marathon sees over 40,000 finishers and is one of four world-wide marathons alongside New York City, Chicago and Paris
Commenting on announcing his participation, Amitesh Mishra said “Racing the Berlin Marathon, one of the largest marathons in the world, has always been my dream. This year I would be racing against worlds best athletes and I am looking forward to performing my best and learn as much as I can. I have been training this whole season for this particular race and will be giving all that I have but still won’t be forgetting to enjoy and learn along the way.”
Mishra’s first international appearance was at the 2016 Asian Championship in Lishui, China where he competed in the 20,000m race. Mishra was then selected as one of two athletes who represented India at the 2018 Asian Games as a part of the National Skating Team.
Earlier this year, Mishra took gold in the Classic Inline Race held in Cologne Germany and the International Half-Marathon in Monchengladbach, Germany along with the top-10 finish on his debut at the World Inline Cup Marathon in Ostrava, the Czech Republic on June 2019 in addition to the Berlin Half Marathon.
Following his appearance at the 2019 Berlin Marathon, Mishra will compete in the Jeonju World Inline Marathon, South Korea (42 Kms distance) in October and will also race in December for the Indian National Qualifiers.