Henry Sugut and Getu Feleke lead field of 13 sub 2:10 runners in Vienna

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With 13 men featuring personal bests of sub 2:10 the 31st Vienna City Marathon will see its best elite field in the history of the race. Regarding this mark the only spring marathon that surpasses Vienna will be the Boston Marathon on 21st April. Among those athletes there will be the defending champion and three time winner Henry Sugut of Kenya and Getu Feleke. With a personal best of 2:04:50 the Ethiopian is the fastest runner ever entered into the Vienna City Marathon. Sugut is the course record holder with 2:06:58. Including shorter running event staged on Sunday organisers registered a record total of around 42,000 athletes for the 31st edition, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

A live stream of the race will be shown on on Sunday. Additionally there will be English live web reporting available. The race starts at 9 am Central European Time.

For Henry Sugut Vienna is already some sort of second home. He won the race in 2010, 2012 and 2013. The 28 year-old established the present course record of 2:06:58 two years ago. This is also his personal best. “Yes, you could say that Vienna is almost my living room,” he replied during the press conference. “It is a big motivation to have the chance to win the race for the fourth time. I want to make history in Austria,” said Sugut, who could become the only runner in the history of the race to achieve four victories.

Caroline Chepkwony chases a personal best in Vienna while Mai Ito wants victory

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(Photo Left: Anna Hahner, Caroline Chepkwony and Mai Ito in Vienna) In times where runners from Kenya and Ethiopia tend to dominate the major marathons it rarely happens that the podium of these races features athletes from three different continents. The women’s race of the Vienna City Marathon could produce such a result on Sunday. While Kenya’s Caroline Chepkwony and Japan’s Mai Ito are regarded favourites Germany’s Anna Hahner and Russia’s Olga Glok are potential candidates for a top three finish. Adding shorter running event, which will be staged parallel to the marathon on Sunday, organisers registered a record total of around 42,000 athletes for the 31st edition of the Vienna City Marathon. Austria’s biggest sporting event is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

It was no other than last year’s women’s winner Flomena Cheyech who recommended to Caroline Chepkwony to run the Vienna City Marathon. “We are training partners in Iten,” said the 28 year-old Kenyan, who established her personal best of 2:27:27 when she won the Ljubljana Marathon in October 2013. “Apart from Flomena I am for example training together with Mary Keitany and Agnes Kiprop,” said Chepkwony, who hopes to improve her personal best in Vienna. “I have won the Rome Ostia Half Marathon in March with 68:48, so I am here with a good feeling. I hope to run another personal best, may be around 2:25.”

Bekele breaks Paris course record with 2:05:04 on marathon debut

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The dream, said Kenenisa Bekele before the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris, would be to break the world record on his marathon debut. His dreams may not have turned into reality at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race, but his triumph in a course record of 2:05:04 was far from a nightmare.

Having won global titles on the track outdoors and indoors, as well as on cross country, road running was the only area of distance running that Bekele had not yet conquered.

Now it looks as though he is well on his way to doing that.

Bekele and his agent Jos Hermens had explained this week that part of their reason for choosing this race over any other is that Paris organisers were able to build the race around Bekele, whereas in London he would have simply been one of the many other star runners.

Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke to challenge Henry Sugut in Vienna

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(Photo: VCM / Manuel Platzer. Getu Feleke running in Vienna in 2009.) Course record holder Henry Sugut will face an even tougher task when he will try to win the Vienna City Marathon for an unprecedented fourth time on 13th April. The Kenyan will face a runner from Ethiopia who has been more than two minutes faster than Sugut’s PB of 2:06:58, which is also the course record. Organisers confirmed today that Getu Feleke was added to the start list. With a personal best of 2:04:50 the 27 year-old is the fastest runner ever entered for the race. The 31st Vienna City Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Feleke has a special connection to the Vienna City Marathon. It was here where he competed in his first race outside Ethiopia. In 2009 the organisers staged a unique debutants’ only marathon and Feleke was among the athletes invited. He finished seventh five years ago with a time of 2:11:47. “I have very good memories of the Vienna City Marathon. The city and the atmosphere were both impressive. I will never forget my first race outside Ethiopia,” said Feleke, who is looking forward to return to the place where his international career began.

adidas Invites World to Run Boston Marathon Through #WeAllRunBoston

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The B.A.A. (Boston Athletic Association)  launches the Boston Marathon World Run app that virtually connects runners around the world and their social networks with the 2014 Boston Marathon. The mobile app, available on Apple and Android, and website allows runners to participate in the athletic spirit of the event regardless of ability or geography.

Participants, whether individually or in teams, will be logging miles alongside past champions and elite athletes and can achieve their self-determined running goals by April 21 to receive bib numbers and digital training and finisher badges.  Boston Marathon World Run encourages runners to contribute to One Fund Boston through voluntary online contributions, which will be updated in real time.