Berlin Marathon will not be held in September

Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele won the race for the second time in 2019, missing out on the world record by just two seconds.

FILE: Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele crosses the finish line to win the Berlin Marathon on 29 September 2019 in Berlin. Picture: AFP

BERLIN - The Berlin Marathon will not go ahead as planned on 27 September because of a government ban on large-scale gatherings in the German capital due to the coronavirus pandemic, organisers announced Tuesday.

"We have learned that all events involving more than 5,000 people will be banned until October 24," race officials said in a statement.

"That applies to lots of events, including the Berlin Marathon, which will not be able to take place on September 26-27 as planned," they added, without giving any new dates.

Tens of thousands of runners take part in the event each year. Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele won the race for the second time in 2019, missing out on the world record by just two seconds.