A famous ultra marathon in South Africa was postponed on Friday in to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

“Athletics South Africa confirms that #Comrades2020 has been officially postponed,” the Comrades Marathon said on Twitter without announcing a new date for the race.

Established in 1921, the Comrades race describes itself as the “Ultimate Human Race” as it was the oldest and largest marathon in the globe.

The Comrades Marathon previously said on its website that the 2020 edition, which was limited to 27,500 participants, was set to be scheduled on June 14.

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