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PRESS RELEASE FROM September 26, 2021

Successful #restartrunning at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

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  • Thrilling men's race
  • Awesome women's debut
  • Rainbow start gate as a signal

It beamed and how it beamed and with it beamed the 24,796 participants of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2021. The writing is on the animated rainbow start gate, which had a very special task inside at the #restartrunning of the biggest marathon since the beginning of the pandemic. Together with the runners and partners, SCC EVENTS as the organizer of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON sent out a signal for cosmopolitanism, tolerance and acceptance to the world with the rainbow start gate. Values for which the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON including its endurance sports community has stood for years. Thus emotionally charged, the recreational and top athletes set off on their 42.195-kilometer journey in sunshine and 18 degrees Celsius.

The top-athletes results
Ethiopians Guye Adola and debutant Gotytom Gebreslase won the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON in warm weather conditions. 30 year-old Adola, who was second in Berlin four years ago, clocked 2:05:45. While Bethwel Yegon of Kenya took second place at Brandenburg Gate in 2:06:14 it was not the day of Kenenisa Bekele. The Ethiopian superstar attacked the world record of Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who ran 2:01:39 in Berlin in 2018, in the first part of the race but then had to settle for third with 2:06:47.
Philipp Pflieger was the best German runner with 2:15:01 in 16th place.  With temperatures above 20 degrees Celsius during the final part of the race any hopes for record times faded. However Gotytom Gebreslase ran a superb debut marathon. The 26 year-old surprised the favourites and ran the third fastest time of the year with 2:20:09.  Hiwot Gebrekidan took second in 2:21:23 and Helen Tola completed an Ethiopian podium with 2:23:05.
Germany’s Rabea Schöneborn finished ninth with 2:28:49. The 47th edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, which is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series, took place under strict hygiene regulations. 
Further media informations
The accreditation entitles you to enter certain areas of the event grounds within the framework of your reporting and research at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. 

The Media Guide for the 2021 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will be available on the website for download. A professionally edited and scored news clip is available for all media to download at noon today.

Event week schedule of the 2021 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Press conference Winner Running, wheelchair competition and handbikers

  • Date: September 26, 2021
  • Clock: ca. 12.30 p.m.
  • Participants: Winner of the 2021 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON (Running, Wheelchair, Handbike)
  • Place: Hotel InterContinental, Room "Pavillon"