It is a great celebration for the sport of running in Vienna and Austria: The Prater Hauptallee has been acknowledged by World Athletics Heritage as a global "landmark". Vienna's Mayor Michael Ludwig received the "World Athletics Heritage Plaque" at a ceremony in Vienna's City Hall. 

In freezing conditions Germans Hendrik Pfeiffer and Domenika Mayer took the HAJ Hannover Marathon and the national championships which were included in the event. 

The two defending champions will both be returning to the Vienna City Marathon on 24th April: Kenyans Leonard Langat and Vibian Chepkirui. While some elite women’s contenders were released earlier organisers now confirmed a number of male competitors.

The HAJ Hannover Marathon will be back on Sunday after a two-year gap due to the Corona pandemic.

Hellen Obiri clocked the tenth fastest time ever with 64:48 to win the 17th N Kolay Istanbul Half Marathon while Rodgers Kwemoi ran a course record of 59:15 to make it a Kenyan double. Strong winds during the second half of the race prevented even faster times on a sunny day at the Bosphorus.