Marathons

Kipchoge to chase a fast time in Berlin Marathon

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London Marathon winner Eliud Kipchoge will be looking for his second big-city marathon win of the year when he lines up against Emmanuel Mutai and Geoffrey Mutai in the BMW Berlin Marathon - Once again, the fastest marathon course in the world has drawn the crème de la crème of endurance-running to the start-line.

The most successful marathon runner over the last twelve months will face the second and third-fastest marathon runners of all-time at the BMW Berlin Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race, on 27 September.

Top billing in Berlin goes to Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, who defeated arguably the strongest field ever assembled for a marathon in the London Marathon in April.

Kipchoge crossed the finish-line in a world-leading mark of 2:04:42 to defeat reigning champion Wilson Kipsang and world record-holder Dennis Kimetto, who were expected to go head-to-head for victory in the British capital.

Kandie time in Prague, Melese wins women’s race from Moreira

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Felix Kandie might well not have made it to the start line of the Volkswagen Prague Marathon on Sunday morning, feeling the effects of a sore throat. But he decided to give it a go and his resolution paid off handsomely. “I wanted to see how far I could get,” said Kandie. In the end, he went to the limit in the Czech capital. Coming from behind he took his second marathon win in a succession with another personal best. The 27 year-old improved to 2:08:32 in the Volkswagen Prague Marathon. Last November Kandie showed his strength to set a 2:10:37 course record in the Athens Marathon. Fellow-Kenyan Evans Chebet was runner-up for the second consecutive year with 2:08:50, followed by Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi, who finished in 2:09:05.

Yebrgual Melese of Ethiopia clocked a fine 2:23:49 to take the women’s race in Prague. It is the third fastest winning time in the history of the race that was first started in 1995. Portugal’s Sara Moreira took second in her second marathon race with a personal best of 2:24:49, improving on her debut in New York last November by over a minute. Letebrhan Haylay of Ethiopia was third with 2:25:24.

10,000 runners entered the Volkswagen Prague Marathon, which is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race.

thGeoffrey Ronoh seeks to conquer the maraon distance in Prague

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Kenya’s conveyor belt of world-class runners produced yet another new name in 2015 as Geoffrey Ronoh became last year’s rising star. Signed as a pacemaker in the Mattoni Olomouc Half Marathon, he famously snatched victory, leaving behind superstars Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto. If Ronoh can transform the kind of form he showed last summer onto the marathon distance then he could produce some performance in Sunday’s Volkswagen Prague Marathon. While possessing to date a modest personal best of 2:15:51, Ronoh is justifiably considered one of the favourites. However, the fastest runner in the field has a PB that is almost ten minutes faster than Ronoh’s: Ethiopia’s Deribe Robi ran 2:06:06 in Dubai earlier this year and leads a field of nine sub 2:10 runners in Prague. As for the women’s race, Ethiopians are expected to lead the chase for the title. Five of them show personal bests of sub 2:25 and Koren Jelela is the fastest of this quintet with 2:22:43.

The Volkswagen Prague Marathon had its inaugural edition exactly 20 years ago. The race has developed into one of the world’s best quality marathon events and is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race. While 985 marathon runners competed back in 1995 this year organisers have once again a capacity field of 10,000 entries. Bib numbers sold out already half a year ago. “The Volkswagen Prague Marathon is an unbelievable success story. I have to thank all those who made it happen,” said the President of the organising team, Carlo Capalbo, who initiated the RunCzech Running League. Seven races spread through the Czech Republic registered 70,000 runners last year. “In total RunCzech has now had 770,000 runners within 20 years – we can be really proud of this,” said Capalbo.

2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Lottery Entrants Receive Notification

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Lottery entrants will be informed of their status throughout the day via email. The world-class event will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015 - CHICAGO - Runners who entered the 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon lottery will be notified today of their selection status. This year's field will be comprised of runners selected through the lottery as well as participants who qualified for one of five guaranteed entry opportunities. Lottery entrants will be informed of their status throughout the day via email. The world-class event will take place on Sunday, October 11, 2015.

"The Bank of America Chicago Marathon draws runners from around the world to Chicago and we're proud to welcome everyone to our hometown to experience this first-class race," said Tim Maloney, Bank of America Illinois president. "Chicago is especially vibrant with excitement during race week. We're honored to host this annual event because of its positive economic impact to the city and to charitable causes, and to ensure everyone touched by the marathon has a great experience."

Runners selected through the lottery will join those who guaranteed their entry into the race during the six-week lottery entry period. Guaranteed entries included Chicago Marathon legacy finishers, time qualifiers, international tour groups, charity runners and those who deferred their 2014 entries. The 2015 field size is expected to resemble previous years, with approximately 45,000 participants.

Annie Bersagel clocks personal best despite a fall

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(photo: Norbert Wilhelmi / METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf) Annie Bersagel fell early in the race but recovered to defend her title in the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf. The American showed great determination to go on and clock a personal best of 2:28:29. In good weather conditions Marius Ionescu of Romania won the men’s race with 2:13:19. Adding other running events staged parallel to the marathon a total of 18,000 runners entered the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf.

For financial reasons there was only a very limited elite field in Sunday’s race. However organisers are hopefully that the situation will be much improved again next year.

Chasing her personal best which she ran last year in Duesseldorf with 2:28:59 the race against the clock began with some sort of a shock for Annie Bersagel. Around the 10 k mark the defending champion tumbled to the ground after an athlete running behind her had touched her accidentally. But the 32 year-old was quickly on her feet again and continued despite some bad scratches and bruises. Guided by pacemakers she then passed the half way mark in 1:13:40, which was 20 seconds faster than planned. At that stage there was no serious rival left in the race. Brazil’s Sirlene De Sousa Pinho was well behind early on, trailing Bersagel by almost five minutes after eight kilometres. She then dropped out after 13 k due to cramps.