Both men’s and women’s course records were broken at the Metro Group Marathon Düsseldorf.

 

Ethiopia’s Seboka Diriba Tola finished in 2:08:27, beating the two year-old record by five seconds. Duncan Koech (Kenya) took second in 2:08:33 while former Kenyan Abraham Kiprotich (France) ran 2:08:35 for third.

 

Agnes Jeruto was the surprise women’s champion. The Kenyan ran a great debut in fine weather conditions and finished in 2:25:49. She improved the women’s course record by 55 seconds. Nastassia Staravoitava (Belarus) finished second in 2:27:24 while Melkam Gisaw (Ethiopia) took third in 2:27:50.

 

The 42.195km course of the Düsseldorf Marathon is one of the most attractive courses in Germany. Runners "stroll" along the world famous Königsallee, pass the modern "Medienhafen“, with buildings designed by Frank O. Gehry and make a final sprint along the Rhine promenade with a view of the castle and Rhine tower. The final stretch leads directly into the old town, where runners can subsequently celebrate their success with a cool traditional beer.

 

Even after the run the city is an interesting place to be. Between the proverbial Rhenish joie-de-vivre and the cosmopolitan charm of a trade fair city with global repute, there is a wealth of attractions to be seen and experienced.

 

http://www.metrogroup-marathon.de

 

Madrid Marathon is considered by many to be the primary athletics event for the country, and receives much attention.  Runners know it as Mapoma.  This was its 35th year and it was as popular as ever.  

 

With challenging hills the marathon route is a tough race for some yet it receives many positive reviews.  It is considered one of the most attractive routes on the international circuit.

 

Along the way runners can admire places like Paseo de la Castellana, the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Puerta del Sol, the Royal Palace, Casa de Campo, Madrid Río Park and the spectacular start and finish in the historic Retiro Park - and they can bask in the enthusiasm of the cheering Madrid crowd

Having joined the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, Madrid Mapoma also offered an entertainment-packed route with live bands, cheerleaders and themed water stations.

 

The course has been officially approved by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation and holds the IAAF AIMS certificate on the 42.195km distance.   The race is also classified as an IAAF Silver road race.

http://www.maratonmadrid.org/

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