Talk about the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON has so often been about records, with speculation about who can make their mark on history by breaking the world record, but this Sunday’s race put the emphasis on competition as Thursday’s press conference for the elite women confirmed. Aberu Kebede of Ethiopia, twice a winner on this renowned fast course, will line up in search of a hat-trick while Kenya’s Gladys Cherono takes aim not only at victory but breaking the 2:20 barrier in only her second race at the distance, having made an outstanding debut with 2:20:03 for second place in Dubai in January. The quality of the field suggests that intense competition will put the world best this year of 2:19:52 of Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba under pressure, rather than a calculated attack on the clock. What is guaranteed is that the 42nd edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, the latest in the Abbott World Marathon Majors, will again be Germany’s biggest marathon with 41,224 on the start line. Many will be hoping that Anna Hahner, seventh last year in a personal best of 2:26:44, will achieve the Olympic qualifying standard of 2:28:30 for Rio in 2016. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an IAAF Gold Label event, the highest category of road race.
With his victories in Chicago 2014 and London 2015, Eliud Kipchoge has his eyes set on running very fast in Berlin and improving not only his position there, but also, his personal best. Kipchoge, after his win last April in London, went on to express how marathoners need to develop "Old School": through cross country, track and then, moving up to the marathon.
Cathal Dennehy wrote this piece on why Berlin is so darn fast, and his five reasons make sense!
At 9am on Sunday morning, 40,000 runners will line up in Berlin's Tiergarten for the 41stedition of the world's fastest marathon and with a typically stellar trio of athletes heading up the men's field, there's every chance Dennis Kimetto's world record of 2:02:57 will be rewritten.
October 11 will be the first time under Pinkowski's 26-year leadership that the race will not feature elite pacesetters. This change has the potential to produce more Olympic-like race conditions and a more strategic, tactical competition - CHICAGO (Sept. 10, 2015) - Today, the Bank of America Chicago Marathon announced 2012 champion Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia and current half marathon world record-holder Florence Kiplagat of Kenya will return to compete for the crown at the 38th edition event.
Kebede and Kiplagat accent an international elite field that represents the global road to Rio de Janeiro. Many athletes hope to use the 2015 Chicago Marathon as a springboard (via qualifying times and notable performances) to representing their countries at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games.
Chicago marks the site of Kebede's 2012 marathon personal best (2:04:38) and his sole victory in three attempts down the homestretch on Columbus Drive. His 2010 epic, head-to-head battle against the late Sammy Wanjiru is considered by many to be one of the most courageous marathon duels of all time.
Former champion Keflezighi returns as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador to support NYRR’s free youth running programs - NEW YORK (Sept. 14, 2015) - Defending champion Wilson Kipsang of Kenya will join American marathon iconMeb Keflezighi, running as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador for the second consecutive year, to headline a world-class professional men’s field at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon, set for Sunday, November 1, it was announced today by Peter Ciaccia, president of events forNew York Road Runners and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.
Joining Kipsang and Keflezighi will be 2014 runner-up Lelisa Desisa, winner of this year’s Boston Marathon, and 2014 third-place finisher Gebre Gebremariam, both of Ethiopia, as well as previously announced IAAF World Championships 10,000-meter silver-medalist Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya.
Laban Korir will return to the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on 18 October to defend the title he won in 2014 and, if the conditions are right, attack the course record at the IAAF Gold Label Road Race.
The 29-year-old Kenyan surprised everyone, himself included, when he ran away from the rest of the field a year ago to claim victory in 2:08:15 in chilly conditions. With a personal best of 2:06:05 from the 2011 Amsterdam Marathon, Korir is a quality marathon runner and an early favourite to win this year’s event.
“First I want thank the organisers for inviting me again to Toronto,” said Korir, speaking from his training base in Kaptagat, high up in the Rift Valley.
“This year I'm there to defend. At the moment, I'm OK and the body is responding very well. If everything goes well, as it is at the moment, and the weather will be OK, not like last year, I will come for the course record.”