For the first time since 1974: Berlin Marathon cancelled
For the first time since the first edition in 1974, this year will not see the now largest German running event. The organizers cancelled the traditional event on Wednesday, which was to take place on September 26 and 27, due to the effects of the Corona pandemic.
Thousands of runners start on the Straße des 17. Juni for the BMW Berlin Marathon.
"As hard as we try, it is currently not possible to organize the BMW Berlin-Marathon
with its usual Berlin charm," says the Berlin Marathon homepage. At the same time, all participants were informed about the cancellation.
"Furthermore, it is also not possible - after extensive examination and various discussions, also with the authorities - to hold the event at a later date this year," wrote the organizers. The recently reformulated Corona Ordinance in Berlin allows outdoor events with a maximum of 1000 participants until September 1 and up to 5000 participants thereafter.
Uncertainty as to which conditions would still apply at a later date and whether participants would then be able to travel internationally was the decisive factor in the decision to cancel. The participants can now vote: Either the personalised entry right is carried over to the coming year (25 and 26 September 2021) - or the entry fee is refunded.
Before the final cancellation, the organising SCC Berlin had also considered holding the race as a pure profile race. "This would not reflect the character of the event," explained SCC Managing Director Jürgen Lock. Last year, almost 47,000 runners from 150 nations had started. Winner Kenenisa Bekele from Ethiopia missed the world record by only two seconds. Together with the side events on the day before the marathon, as many as 75,000 athletes took part in the 46th edition of the event.
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Last edited: Thursday, 25. June 2020 08:35 Uhr