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Athens Marathon. The Authentic with record entries on November 12

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Athens Marathon unites ancient and modern for latest edition of the Authentic Race - The 35th edition of the “Athens Marathon. The Authentic” takes place on Sunday, November 12, beginning as ever from the coastal town of Marathon and leading elite and mass runners on the challenging course into the heart of Athens and the finish line in the marble arena of the Panathenaic Stadium, venue for the first Olympic Games of the modern period in 1896. The status of Athens as the birth place of the Marathon, going back to the ancient legend of the Athenian soldier Pheidippides, according to many accounts, running back to the city with news of victory over the invading Persians in 490 BCE, remains sacrosanct in distance running lore. But the week leading up to the race highlights equally the marathon scene of today.

Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on October 29: Tola, Afework and Hall in women's field

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Last Year’s Runner-Up Fate Tola returns, Abebech Afework and Sara Hall boost Frankfurt field - Fate Tola missed victory at the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon last year by a hair’s breadth. The 2016 runner-up will be back this time to the race where she ran her first marathon as a German citizen, becoming the fourth fastest ever on the national rankings with her time of 2:25:42 and winning the national title with that second place. Among her rivals on October 29 will be her former Ethiopian compatriot Abebech Afewok and Sara Hall of the USA.

BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 24: Bekele challenges Kipchoge and Kipsang

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The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will stage a unique contest on September 24: for the first time in the history of the event the top three marathon runners in the world will be on the start line as the Kenyan duo of Eliud Kipchoge and Wilson Kipsang take on Ethiopia’s Kenenisa Bekele. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is an Abbott World Marathon Majors (AWMM) event and an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

Mainova Frankfurt Marathon on October 29: Arne Gabius returns

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Arne Gabius is returning to the scene of his greatest triumph on October 29. Two years after his fantastic run to break the German record with 2:08:33, the 36-year-old will return to the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon. “I have great memories of this race and those images are just as vivid as ever in my mind. I know the course like the back of my hand and am really looking forward to it,” said Gabius. The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is an IAAF Gold Label race, one of only two in Germany to hold that distinction, the other being the Berlin Marathon. Entries for the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon are still accepted at: www.frankfurt-marathon.com