Kipsang and Kirwa Returning To Frankfurt Marathon

The course is one of the fastest in the world.

Wilson Kipsang will be back in Frankfurt to defend his title. Photo: IAAF

The course is one of the fastest in the world.

Two former champions, Wilson Kipsang and Gilbert Kirwa, both of Kenyans, will square off at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon this October. “We are ready to make the next step,” said race director Jo Schindler about the announcement.

In the past few years, the Frankfurt Marathon has quickly established itself as a top-class event. In three years, three course records have been broken there (from 2:07:58 to 2:04:57). Because the course record is so close to Haile Gebrselassie’s world record (2:03:59), organizers have, for the first time, offered a world-record bonus. If a world record is broken there, the winner could walk away with 145,000 Euros, which eclipses the Berlin Marathon’s purse and is the largest amount of prize money on German soil.

In last year’s event, Kipsang became the eight-fastest marathoner in the world with his 2:04:57 clocking.

“Because of this superb time a lot more world-class athletes are now interested in coming to Frankfurt,” said Elite Athlete Coordinator Christoph Kopp. “Additionally we were able to further improve the course. This year there will be eight bends less in the inner city.”

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