Kenya’s Mark Korir will be out to defend his title at the 36th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon that will be held on October 29 in Frankfurt, Germany.
Korir will face two more Kenyans Martin Kosgey and Cyprian Kotut who came second and third respectively.
The 32 year-old has won a significant marathon title in each of the past two years. In 2015 he triumphed in Paris with what remains his personal best of 2:05:49 and a year later won the Frankfurt title in 2:06:48.
Korir returns to the race beside the River Main with a strong marathon already under his belt this spring when he finished third in Seoul Marathon with a high class run of 2:06:05. But the Kenyan is still without a victory in 2017, though he is confident of running under 2:05 one day.
Kosgey sprang a surprise in last year’s edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon by finishing second with a big improvement on his personal best. He came into the race with a personal best of 2:09.50 and emerged as Korir’s toughest opponent, crossing the line in the Festhalle in 2:07.22.
Kotut the younger brother by 14 years of the former world class runner Martin Lel, winner of three London and two New York titles.
The 25 year-old has already won the 2016 Paris Marathon with a time of 2:07:11. He wasn’t far outside his personal best when he ran 2:07:28 for third in Frankfurt last year.
The European contingent has been strengthened with the recruitment of Henryk Szost of Poland, whose best is 2:07:39. He will join the German record holder Arne Gabius on start line. The latter ran 2:08:33 to break the national record in Frankfurt two years ago.
The race Director Jo Schindler said, “It’s very unusual to be able to re-unite the entire podium on the start line, one year on. It’s given us the chance to assemble what should be a fascinating contest.”