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PRESS RELEASE September 10, 2020

For the 2:01:39 Challenge, elite and amateur athletes will challenge the world record time that Eliud Kipchoge set at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

2:01:39 Challenge As everyone knows by now, the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, planned for September 26-27, 2020, will not be taking place in accordance with the Containment Ordinance as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and it will also not be possible to hold the event at a later date this year, as a comprehensive feasibility study has shown.

Nevertheless, from September 26th to 27th, 2020, countless athletes will be active worldwide as they take on the 2:01:39 Challenge, in which they are to cover as many kilometers as possible in 2:01:39 hours. 2:01:39 hours corresponds to the world record time set by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018 at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. 

The free 20139 Challenge App
Everyone is invited to participate during the specified period with the help of the free 20139 Challenge App - whether you set out in running shoes, on inline skates or by hand bike or wheelchair. The app will be available for Android and iOS devices starting mid-September. In addition to classic tracking and a sharing functions, it will provide specific rankings. Furthermore, coordinated running charts and audio commentaries will create an alluring live experience. Thus, every single participant can join in the #berlin42united community. 

The athletes at a glance
The 2:01:39 Challenge is also attracting elite athletes. On September 27, 2020, a quartet of top German runners and a trio of inlineskaters will attempt to crack the time of 2:01:39 hours over the marathon distance via a relay around the area of the Berlin Victory Column (subject to official approval.) The following athletes are preparing for the 2:01:39 Challenge:

The runners
Philipp Pflieger (LT Haspa Marathon Hamburg) is one of Germany’s elite marathon runners. He performs well in Berlin. The Olympic participant of Rio de Janeiro achieved his best time of 2:12:50 hours at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.
Richard Ringer (LC Rehlingen) has a PB of 27:36.5 minutes in the 10,000 meters. The German champion in 2019 and Olympic participants in 2016 all set to do well on the similar loop around the Victory Column.
Florian Orth (LG Telis Finanz Regensburg) knows about relays. He was German Champion in the 3 x 1000 m event several times, but he is also good for longer distances.
Johannes Motschmann (SCC EVENTS PRO TEAM) became German runner up in cross-country run in this spring. The steeplechaser is also fast on the road.

The Inlineskaters
Katharina Rumpus (Powerslide Matter World Team) has always been on the podium at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in the past decade, and in 2018 even came first.
Felix Rijhnen (Powerslide Matter World Team) in addition to his two World Championship titles, in 2019 Felix was the first male German to win the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.
Ewen Fernandez (Rollerblade Speed ​​Team) is a six-time world champion and is well known on Berlin's streets. In 2011 and 2012 he won the BMW BERLIN- MARATHON.

In addition a women's team and a relay team made up of young people from SCC BERLIN will be at the start (details will follow shortly).

A stage for the sport
"With the 2:01:39 Challenge, SCC EVENTS is offering athletes a stage for their sport. Through the race at the Victory Column and via the 20139 app and the option to compete individually from around the world from September 26-27, 2020, we are creating a sense of community that unites both elite and amateur athletes,” commented Mark Milde, Race Director of the 2:01:39 Challenge.

Somewhat different marathon day on rbb television
Due to the current virus situation, spectators can only follow this action online, which is taking place in compliance with current health regulations. The 27th of September is being cast as a "somewhat different marathon day" and will be broadcast live on rbb television from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

Limited number of media representatives
Unfortunately, there will be no accreditation opportunities for media representatives for the 2:01:39 Challenge, as the health regulations must also be observed here due to the Containment Measures Ordinance in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. A very limited number of media representatives from all relevant areas will receive a personal invitation within the next few days. SCC EVENTS offers a comprehensive, free media service for the 2:01:39 Challenge. Further details will follow.

The BMW BERLIN MARATHON is one of the largest marathons in the world. To date, eleven world records have been set on the superfast route (3 by women, 8 by men). Since 2003, all seven men's world records have been achieved on the Berlin route, including the current one in 2:01:39 hours (Eliud Kipchoge), set up in 2018. In 2001, a woman achieved  - for the first time - the dream to undercut 2:20 hours. The Japanese Olympic champion from 2000, Naoko Takahashi, won in 2:19:43 hours.

The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM), the group of six leading marathons in the world which was founded in 2006. They comprise the marathons in Tokyo, Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York.