29 September 2020, 10am
A German four-man relay team ran the full 42195m marathon distance within the target time of the “2:01:39 Challenge” on a 400m circuit at the Victory Column in Berlin (at about 800m on the usual Berlin Marathon course) on 27 September.
The time is the world record that Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge set two years ago in the BMW Berlin Marathon. This year’s event was scheduled for 27 September before being cancelled due to the coronavirus.
The runners switched places every couple of laps, so it would have been surprising had they not managed to finish inside Kipchoge’s record time. A four-woman team covered a distance of 36.58km within the same time.
“It was a lot of fun to run at such an innovative event, especially in these times when there are hardly any opportunities to start,” said Marathon specialist Philipp Pflieger who, along with several others in the two teams, is preparing for the elite-only Valencia Marathon on 6 December.