Kenyan Felix Kandie set a new course record in his first Athens Authentic Marathon. Finishing comfortably in 2:10:37, he knocked 18 seconds off the record set at the 2004 Olympic Games.

 

His wasn’t the only record broken on a perfect running day.  The 32nd edition of the race also broke participation records, with some 30,000 runners entering the 5km, 10km and marathon distances.

 

Greece – the home of the marathon – is enjoying a surge in the popularity of running.  The race name was changed this year to reflect that it is the original, authentic distance – but the course remains the same.

09 November 2014
Athens, Greece


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It’s a challenging run from Marathon to Athens with several hills up to 31km.  There is a circular detour in the first 10km as runners pass the tomb of the soldiers killed in the ancient battle between the Greeks and Persians which led to the marathon distance being run in the first place.

 

Nothing beats the thrill of the finish in the ancient Panathinaikon Stadium.  The stadium was restored for the first of the modern Olympics in 1896.  Every runner shares the exhilaration of crossing the finish line, watched by thousands in the tiered marble seating above.

“This is your day”. With this inspiring race motto resounding in their heads, over 15,000 runners took to the streets of Europe’s economic engine room for the 2014 Frankfurt Marathon. 

 

Many tales of courage, triumph and sheer willpower have since emerged from what has become one of the world’s most consistently outstanding athletic events. 

 

12km from the finish line, Kenyan Mark Kiptoo felt a pain in his calf and began to really battle. Trailing the leaders at the time, Kiptoo had to tell himself to “hang on – this could still be my day”. As it turned out, it was his day.  Kiptoo went on to claim a victory of the hard-earned variety, winning the men’s marathon in a time of 2:06:49. 

 

Fellow Kenyans Mike Kigen and Gilbert Yegon finished less than 20 seconds later, to round out the podium. 

 

The women’s event was won by Ethiopia’s Aberu Kebede in 2:22:21, with Sharon Cherop of Kenya coming second and Ashete Bekere, also of Ethiopia, finishing third. 

 

 

26 October 2014
Frankfurt, Germany


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An event constantly on the cutting edge, Frankfurt Marathon was recently rewarded for its exceptional environmental awareness by receiving the 2014 AIMS Green Award in Athens. 

 

After another brilliant event in 2014, don’t miss the chance to make it ‘your day’ in Frankfurt next October. 

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