Germany’s second largest marathon returns to the city streets of Frankfurt this October for the 34th edition of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. 

 

The event is well known for the unbelievably fast times runners churn out year after year - not surprising given the pancake flat nature of the course and near perfect running conditions offered to participants. 

 

It’s no secret that Kenyans are prolific winners of marathons around the world but there may not be any other event in which the African nation has been more dominant in recent times.

 

Every winner of the men’s event since 2002 has been from Kenya – 12 straight victories. The highlight of these was Wilson Kipsang’s astonishing 2011 winning time of 2:03:42, which is the current Frankfurt course record and fifth fastest marathon ever run. 

The marathon course serves as a city tour of Europe’s financial hub. Taking in sites of enormous commercial importance such as the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Deutsche Bank, runners are also treated to pretty riverside views of the Main and historical delights such as the Eschenheimer Tor. 

 

The finish line is a seamless transition between the end of the race and the start of the party. The final metres of runners' 42.195km journey take place on the red carpet in a building full of cheering spectators, pumping music, confetti and colourful lights. Let the celebration begin!

Germany’s second largest marathon returns to the city streets of Frankfurt this October for the 34th edition of the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. 

 

The event is well known for the unbelievably fast times runners churn out year after year - not surprising given the pancake flat nature of the course and near perfect running conditions offered to participants. 

 

It’s no secret that Kenyans are prolific winners of marathons around the world but there may not be any other event in which the African nation has been more dominant in recent times.

 

Every winner of the men’s event since 2002 has been from Kenya – 12 straight victories. The highlight of these was Wilson Kipsang’s astonishing 2011 winning time of 2:03:42, which is the current Frankfurt course record and fifth fastest marathon ever run. 

The marathon course serves as a city tour of Europe’s financial hub. Taking in sites of enormous commercial importance such as the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and the Deutsche Bank, runners are also treated to pretty riverside views of the Main and historical delights such as the Eschenheimer Tor. 

 

The finish line is a seamless transition between the end of the race and the start of the party. The final metres of runners' 42.195km journey take place on the red carpet in a building full of cheering spectators, pumping music, confetti and colourful lights. Let the celebration begin!

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Melbourne city has built a reputation for being an exciting, vibrant place which offers a great Australian experience to all those who visit. 

 

Since 1978 it has also been offering a brilliant marathon experience to runners from around Australia and the rest of the world. 

 

Known today as the Melbourne Marathon Festival, the event now offers not only Marathon but also Half Marathon, Wheelchair Marathon, 10km, 5km and 3km disciplines – meaning entrants of all ages and stages can get involved in the festival. 

 

With its very quick course and favourable running conditions, Melbourne Marathon is an excellent opportunity for personal bests, although it is the scenery which keeps many runners returning year after year. 

The course winds its way around the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens and Albert Park Lake, as well as taking runners parallel to the lovely beaches of Port Phillip Bay for several kilometres.

 

2013 was a fantastic year for the Melbourne Marathon Festival, with 6852 finishers in the marathon alone setting an event record. The fastest times ever for the Melbourne Marathon were also recorded in both the men’s and women’s events. 

 

Take your chance to be part of history and join in the 2014 Melbourne Marathon Festival this October. 

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