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Media Maraton “La Sele”

Race date for Media Maraton “La Sele” (CRC) changed

The Media Maraton “La Sele” (CRC) will take place on Sun 5 August 2018, not Sun 9 December 2018 as previously published.

Vienna City Marathon

Kimetto to run in Vienna


World record holder Dennis Kimetto will run his next marathon in Vienna on 22nd April. Organisers announced the participation of the Kenyan star runner during a press conference in the Austrian capital today. It will be the first time in the history of the Vienna City Marathon, which began back in 1984, that a marathon world record holder is among the elite runners. 34 year-old Dennis Kimetto, who ran 2:02:57 in Berlin 2014, hopes to rekindle his career in Vienna next month.

“We need to present top world-class athletes to get more international attention for the Vienna City Marathon. While our motto is ‘35 years of theatre of emotions’ we now have a sort of leading actor for this: an athlete who has extraordinary capabilities and who will be in the focus. Participants, fans and spectators can look forward to a thrilling race,” said Race Director Wolfgang Konrad.

Britain’s Paula Radcliffe and Ethiopia’s Haile Gebrselassie have already run in Austria’s biggest sporting event. However they competed in the half marathon which is staged parallel to the marathon race. Dennis Kimetto will be the first world record holder to run the classic distance in Vienna.

“I was able to train without injuries for a good period. I believe in my capabilities and want to show a strong performance in Vienna. If conditions are good then I want to attack the course record. The most important thing is that after several disappointing races in the last two years I can achieve a good marathon result again,” said Dennis Kimetto, who took the road running scene by storm with three major wins in the spring of 2012. He first won the star-studded Ras Al Khaimah half marathon in the United Arab Emirates, then took the Berlin Half Marathon with 59:14 – a time that remains his personal best – and finally broke the world record in Berlin’s 25 k race. His superb time of 1:11:18 still stands as the global record today as does his marathon world record. After a second place debut in Berlin with 2:04:16 in 2012 – the fastest debut marathon on a record eligible course at that time – Kimetto took the Tokyo and the Chicago Marathon a year later. Since September 2014 he holds the marathon world record with 2:02:57.

Marathon super stars Eliud Kipchoge, Wilson Kipsang and Kenenisa Bekele all failed to break Kimetto’s mark in the past three years. But the world record holder struggled during this period and could not reproduce his dominant form from the years before. Since spring 2015 Kimetto only finished two marathons. His most notable result was a third place in London in 2015 with 2:05:50. A year later he was ninth in London with 2:11:44. To break the Vienna course record Kimetto would need to run slightly faster than in London three years ago: Ethiopia’s Getu Feleke established the record of 2:05:41 in 2014.

“Dennis wants to show something in Vienna. I hope that the final part of his preparations will also go well. He is an athlete of extraordinary quality. After he ran his world record in Berlin physical problems started. I think the race in Berlin took a lot out of his body,” explained Kimetto’s Dutch manager Gerard van de Veen. “We suggested to him to run in Vienna because we have good experience with the event and the course is fine for running a good time.”

Haspa Marathon Hamburg

Kiprotich renews his quest for victory


Stephen Kiprotich is a determined man, as would be expected of the 2012 Olympic gold medallist and the World Marathon champion the following year.

That is why he will return to the Haspa Marathon Hamburg on April 29 in search of the victory which eluded the Ugandan record holder last year.

Kiprotich finished second in the 2017 edition, beaten in a sprint finish by the Ethiopian Tsegaye Mekonnen. Among his rivals for the latest edition of Germany’s biggest spring marathon will be the Kenyan Sammy Kitwara, whose best of 2:04:28 when taking second place in Chicago in 2014 will also make him a strong contender.

In contrast to the actual weather conditions, the Haspa Marathon Hamburg’s 33rd edition is experiencing a period of “high pressure.” “We have 14,250 runners entered which is about at the same level as last year. In conjunction with the Haspa relay and Haspa Half Marathon which are both fully booked and with the ‘One-Tenth Race’ (4.2195km) likely to be full very shortly, these are all very good signs. What we need now would be ideal weather conditions as we had them last back in 2013,” explained the chief organiser Frank Thaleiser at a press conference in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Hamburg.

28 year-old Stephen Kiprotich has good memories of his race in Hamburg last year, despite the conditions: “Last year the weather conditions with hail storms and the cold were dreadful but, on the other hand, the service provided for us athletes and the enthusiasm of the spectators was absolutely first class and very welcoming. That’s why I’m very happy to be returning and want to improve on what I did last year.” His second place in 2:07:31 was only five seconds behind the winner. Kiprotich’s personal best stands at 2:06:33.

This will be only the third occasion that a men’s Olympic champion has competed in the elite field of a German city marathon. Stephen Kiprotich was the man who began the sequence with his run in Hamburg a year ago, then the 2016 Olympic gold medallist Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya ran in Berlin in September. There is also a link between Kipchoge and Hamburg since he remains the course record holder, having run 2:05:31 in his debut at the distance in 2013.

More information about the Haspa Marathon Hamburg and online entry is available at: www.haspa-marathon-hamburg.de

PKO Poznań Marathon

Race date for PKO Poznań Marathon (POL) changed

The PKO Poznań Marathon (POL) will take place on Sun 14 October 2018, not Sun 21 October 2018 as previously published.

Dr David Martin, 1939–2018


David Martin of Decatur, Georgia, died on 28 February after a long battle against Parkinson’s disease. Originally from Green Bay, Wisconsin, he was the AIMS Statistician for more than 25 years.

Dr. Martin ran cross-country while at university and graduated with B.S., M.S. in Education, and a PhD in Physiology. Looking back on this time in recent years he described how, as a young scientist, he found his path in life by combining enthusiasm, scientific enquiry and running, in pursuit of butterflies on high-altitude slopes in Mexico. He completed 29 marathons with a personal best time of 2:57:37.

“Dr Dave” became Regents’ Professor Emeritus at Georgia State University, working at the Department of Health Sciences and specialising in pulmonary, cardiovascular, and exercise physiology. He brought this expertise to the study of running in a multi-disciplinary way, drawing on his experience as a runner himself, a coach, team leader, statistician and historian.

He was also a visionary: he helped set up the USA’s first international women’s marathon, organised by Avon Products in Atlanta in 1978, and acted as medical, scientific, and statistical consultant for the “Avon Running series” from 1978–1984. His research and recommendations were published in The Avon Report on the Status of Women’s Distance Running (1980) which was instrumental in securing the inclusion of women in international championship events over 1500m that had formerly been an exclusively male preserve.

Dr. Martin was an active member of USA Track & Field (marathon development chair), the American Physiological Society, the International Society of Olympic Historians, the Track and Field Writers of America, the Association de la Presse Sportive (AIPS), the Association of Track and Field Statisticians (chief compiler) and the International Marathon Medical Directors Association (IMMDA).

He authored five books [The Marathon Footrace (1979), The High Jump Book (1987), Training Distance Runners (1991), The Olympic Marathon (2000), Better Training for Distance Runners (1997)] and over a hundred articles on athletics, exercise physiology and sports medicine.

Alongside his teaching programme at Georgia State University he established what became the “Laboratory for Elite Athlete Performance” in a converted parking garage in downtown Atlanta. Among his subjects were global stars like Sebastian Coe and Steve Scott. From there came much of the research underpinning the global rise in standards in distance running.

More specifically, in what he came to regard as one of his proudest achievements, he mentored the US team for the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon on preparation, fluid intake, nutrition, the course, pace judgment, and tactics. His input was publicly recognised by silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and bronze medalist and Deena Kastor as crucial in helping them to out-perform more favoured runners in the Athens heat.

Martin confronted 10 years of physical debilitation with the resilience of a marathon runner. He continued to attend major marathons and AIMS Congresses until travel became impossible. He never stopped his research and writing. Forever planning ahead he arranged the transfer of a huge collection of his documents and memorabilia (known as the Dr David Martin Collection) to the AIMS Marathon Museum of Running in Berlin.

AIMS President Paco Borao said: “Dr Dave Martin served AIMS and the sport of running with great distinction, intelligence, passion and compassion. He touched and improved the lives of all who had the pleasure to meet him. He was a genuinely humble man who treated all he met with great respect and courtesy. We have lost a great friend and a man who helped to shape the sport of athletics. His absence will be felt and mourned. Thank you, Dave, for your kindness, friendship and your lasting contribution to athletics.”

Roger Bannister, 1929–2018


Roger Bannister, who died aged 88 on 3 March, had already become an athlete of legendary status by the age of 25. He set a new world record for the mile on the Iffley Road track at Oxford University and in doing so ran the distance (1609.34m) in under four minutes (3:59.4) – the first time anyone had broken what was regarded as the most significant ‘barrier’ in world athletics.

He did it by using knowledge and insight from his medical studies and getting his friends Chris Brasher (who later co-founded the London Marathon) and Chris Chataway (who later became a UK Government Minister) to pace him. Brasher led for two laps, then Chataway continued, steady but fast, until just after the bell. Bannister then launched himself forward for a 59-second final lap.

He had broken the nine-year old record of Sweden’s Gunder Hagg (4:01.4) but just over six weeks later the Australian John Landy, one of Bannister’s rivals for the first sub 4-minute time, ran 3:58. The two came head-to-head in the final of the mile at the empire (now Commonwealth) Games in August 1954 where Bannister ran to the same tactic: run as even-paced as possible to save his strength for a powerful finishing sprint to the line. Landy started strongly and worked up a lead of 10-15 metres by the third lap before Bannister started to haul him back. Running into the last lap shoulder-to-shoulder they ran stayed together until the final bend, when Bannister kicked away to win just a little later than planned.

He ran just one more championship race, winning the European title later in August, before retiring from athletics. He gained his basic medical qualification a month after the victory over Landy in Vancouver.

He went on to a distinguished medical career and focused his research on the autonomic nervous system, which unconsciously controls all the automatic response systems of the body.

As chairman of the UK Sports Council (1971–74) he introduced a much more sensitive test for anabolic steroids. He was president of the International Council for Sport and Physical Recreation (1976–83), and served on many committees and advisory bodies. He also wrote for the British newspaper The Sunday Times and for Sports Illustrated.

Bannister returned to the Iffley Road track (by then bearing his name) with the Olympic Torch in the build-up to the 2012 London Olympic Games. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2011 and revealed this in 2014 in a BBC interview after publishing his autobiography.

Sir Roger Bannister (23 March 1929 – 3 March 2018) is survived by his wife, Moyra Jacobsson, and their two sons, two daughters and 14 grandchildren.

Ken Young, 1942–2018


Runner and statistician Ken Young, who practically single-handedly revolutionised the way road running is tracked, passed away on 3 February, aged 76.

While working on his Ph.D at the University of Chicago, Ken joined the school’s track club where he met Ted Haydon, an assistant coach for the USA Olympic team. Haydon got Ken to help him with statistics for a handicap race which launched his lifelong passion for computer analysis of running data. He began to compare results from different distances to determine who the faster runners were and developed a model to predict race times. He visited libraries across the US and Canada to collect running data from their archives. In 1973 he founded the National Running Data Center.

Under Coach Haydon’s guidance Ken targeted particular records. In 1972 he succeeded in setting a world indoor marathon record of 2:41:29 in Chicago. Later that year, on an outdoor track, he set an American Records on separate occasions for 40 miles (4:08) and 50km (3:08).

Through his National Running Data Center he became the official record keeper of the USATF Long Distance Running Committee from 1979–1988. He also took a keen interest in the measurement and certification of running courses.

In the early 1990s these various interests coalesced in the publication of a statistics-heavy newsletter, The Analytical Distance Runner.

In 2003 he banded together with other like-minded statisticians to establish the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) which maintains the website arrs.net. By 2016 the ARRS database included more than 1.1 million performances from 214,000 races. He maintained a system of ranking elite runners worldwide for head-to-head competition which race directors used to decide who to invite to their races.

Over about a 40-year period he spent about 40 hours a week sorting through running data. “The world is full of so much chaos, and I’m a born planner, an organizer,” he said. “I try to make sense out of things and look for an underlying structure.”

Funchal Marathon

Race date for Funchal Marathon (POR) changed

The Funchal Marathon (POR) will take place on Sun 20 January 2019, not Sun 27 January 2019 as previously published.

Hvar Half Marathon

Race date for Hvar Half Marathon (CRO) changed

The Hvar Half Marathon (CRO) will take place on Sat 23 June 2018, not Thu 6 September 2018 as previously published.

Swissalpine Irontrail

Race date for Swissalpine Irontrail (SUI) changed

The Swissalpine Irontrail (SUI) will take place 21—29 July 2018, not 27—29 July 2018 as previously published.

Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon

Race date for Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SIN) changed

The Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (SIN) will take place on Sun 9 December 2018, not Sat 8 December 2018 as previously published.

International Asunción Marathon

Race date for International Asunción Marathon (PAR) changed

The International Asunción Marathon (PAR) will take place on Sun 26 August 2018, not Sun 12 August 2018 as previously published.

Bengaluru Midnight Marathon

Race date for Bengaluru Midnight Marathon (IND) changed

The Bengaluru Midnight Marathon (IND) will take place on Sat 8 December 2018, not Sat 1 September 2018 as previously published.

Bangsaen21 Half Marathon

Race date for Bangsaen21 Half Marathon (THA) changed

The Bangsaen21 Half Marathon (THA) will take place on Sun 16 December 2018, not Sat 15 December 2018 as previously published.

Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

Day Zero and Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon

After over a year of planning the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon is set to take place on 31 March 2018.

As one of Cape Town’s premier events the ongoing severe drought has presented a harsh reality for the organisers, our stakeholders and participants. We are aware of the concerns voiced and we take saving water – and the event’s overall water impact on the City – very seriously.

We are working closely with the City of Cape Town and their disaster management team, as well as our sponsors, to put the appropriate measures in place for the 49th OMTOM event as part of a comprehensive water management plan.

In the meantime the following will apply:
- No municipal water will be used for any of our events.
- There will be no showers at the Finish.
- Refill stations will be available for hydration pack users. We encourage all runners to be as self-sufficient as possible.
- We are reducing the number of refreshment stations, while still providing more than prescribed by national and international guidelines.

Half of those entered are from outside Cape Town. They bring with them a huge economic boost for the City (over R675-million, together with thousands of jobs being created during this time) and the charities that partner with the event (over R3-million is raised every year).

Cape Town welcomes thousands of visitors from across the globe on a daily basis – not just during major events like the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon – who play a vital role in the economic growth of the City.

A formal announcement detailing all our interventions will be made as soon as we have concluded our agreements with the relevant role-players. Through our close collaboration with the City and relevant stakeholders, we pledge to host the event responsibly and not impact negatively on our scarce resources.

Great Hakka Marathon

Race date for Great Hakka Marathon (CHN) changed

The Great Hakka Marathon (CHN) will take place on Sat 24 November 2018, not Sat 27 October 2018 as previously published.

Wuxi Marathon

Race date for Wuxi Marathon (CHN) changed

The Wuxi Marathon (CHN) will take place on Sun 25 March 2018, not Sun 18 March 2018 as previously published.

Gold Coast Marathon

$40,000 incentive for Australian runners up for grabs


Australian distance runners will have a new incentive to run good times at the Gold Coast Marathon on 1 July as part of the event’s 40th anniversary celebrations.

Organisers are offering a once-only $40,000 incentive to the first male and female runners to break 2:10 and 2:28 respectively at this year’s race.
Existing course records were set by Australians Brad Camp (2:10:11, 1989) and Virginia Moloney (2:29:14, 2017).

Gold Coast Marathon CEO Cameron Hart said the monumental prize pool was a once in a lifetime incentive for Australian athletes to run fast on home soil and etch their names in Gold Coast Marathon history.

“We’re confident our internationally-recognised flat and fast course combined with the cool winter weather and our exceptional elite athlete services will provide the perfect environment for an Australian athlete to take the spoils and go home $40,000 richer,” said race director Cameron
Hart. “It is our aim to unearth the next member of the Australian men’s sub 2:10 club and women’s sub 2:28 club here on the Gold Coast.”

Athletics Australia CEO Darren Gocher said the Gold Coast Marathon has been a long-term supporter of athletics in Australia and the incentive is an exciting innovation to grow the sport’s profile in the country.

“While the Gold Coast Marathon’s status as a truly international marathon remains, it continues to be an eager advocate of Australian marathon running and this initiative is just another example of this support,” Mr Gocher said.

The Gold Coast Marathon is organised by Events Management Queensland, a major event management company wholly owned by the Queensland Government as part of Tourism and Events Queensland.

The Gold Coast Marathon recorded the fastest men’s marathon run on Australian soil (Kenneth Mungara, 2:08:42, 2015) and the quickest by a female since the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney (Abebech Bekele, 2:25:34, 2017).

Terms of the bonus offer are that:
- it is open to elite Australian runners who are members of registered Athletics Australia Member Associations and hold full Australian Citizenship as at 1 July 2018.
- it is offered to reward Australian marathoners who finish under 2:10 for males and 2:28 for females.
- if one female runs sub-2:28 and no other female does, nor does any male run sub-2:10, that female will take home $40,000. If a male also runs a sub-2:10, each runner will claim $20,000 each. If one male only runs sub-2:10 and no female runs sub-2:28, the male runner will claim $40,000.
- if a third runner bettered either the male or female benchmark, each runner will claim $13,333 and so on.

Bangsaen42 Marathon

Race date for Bangsaen42 Marathon (THA) changed

The Bangsaen42 Marathon (THA) will take place on Sun 4 November 2018, not Sun 18 November 2018 as previously published.

AUDIREVI Lake Maggiore Half Marathon & 10K

Race date for AUDIREVI Lake Maggiore Half Marathon & 10K (ITA) changed

The AUDIREVI Lake Maggiore Half Marathon & 10K (ITA) will take place on Sun 15 April 2018, not Sun 4 March 2018 as previously published.

Marathon Vert D’Agadir

Race date for Marathon Vert D’Agadir (MAR) changed

The Marathon Vert D’Agadir (MAR) will take place on Sun 22 April 2018, not Sun 15 April 2018 as previously published.

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