High Quality Elite Field at the Frankfurt Marathon, Arne Gabius pursues German Record

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The Frankfurt Marathon will get underway on Sunday with an elite field which looks capable of living up to expectations for a high quality race. As many as 12 runners who have broken 2:10 are entered and eight women have sub 2:30 performances to their credit. This pedigree of line-up confirms the Frankfurt Marathon’s position as one of the leading autumn races worldwide at this distance. The Ethiopian Bazu Worku is the fastest man on the start list with 2:05:16 while his compatriot Koren Jelela Yal has a best of 2:22:43 to head the women’s field. But for once the centre of attention is not on an athlete from East Africa but a European: Arne Gabius, the 34-year-old from Stuttgart, is aiming to break the German record on Sunday which has stood for 27 years. It was 1988 when Jörg Peter ran 2:08:47 in Tokyo. The Frankfurt Marathon is, along with its counterpart in Berlin, the only German race holding the IAAF Gold Label awarded by the IAAF, the highest category of road race. The organisers expect to have around 15,000 participants on Sunday in an event where entries are still open.

Eliud Kipchoge leads Kenyan trio in pursuit of superfast race, while German runners target Olympic qualifying times for Rio

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The 42nd edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON promises to be a hunt for superfast times and Olympic qualifying performances when the starting gun is fired at 9 o’clock on Sunday morning to set 41,224 runners from 131 countries in motion along the Avenue of June 17. The Kenyan trio of Eliud Kipchoge, Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai have the kind of split times in their sights which could bring them in range of the world record of 2:02:57 set by their compatriot Dennis Kimetto last year. All have solid experience of the Berlin course which adds credibility to their confidence at Friday’s press conference.

The BMW-BERLIN MARATHON is the first autumn race in the Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) series which also comprises Tokyo, Boston, London, Chicago and New York. The race has Gold Label status, the highest category awarded by the IAAF.

Universal Sports Network Presents the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon this Sunday, September 27 at 1 p.m. ET

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LOS ANGELES (September 24, 2015) - Universal Sports Network, the year-round destination for Olympic, endurance and action sports programming, presents same day television coverage of the 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon Sunday, September 27 at 1 p.m. ET. In addition to TV coverage, will live stream the event to authenticated users starting at 3 a.m. ET.

The Berlin Marathon is considered the fastest course in the world and is home to seven of the last 10 world records. The flat course starts and finishes near the famous landmark Brandenburg Gate.

Gladys Cherono and Aberu Kebede target 2:20 barrier while Anna Hahner sets sights on personal best and Olympic qualifying time

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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.

Five Reasons that Berlin is SOOOO Fast! by Cathal Dennehy for RunBlogRun

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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.