Bahrain’s Eunice Chumba will target to lower the course record at the 15th edition of the Blom Bank Beirut Marathon that will be held on Sunday 12 November in Beirut, Labanon.
The 24 year-old who recently set an Asian record of 1:06.11 at the Copenhagen Half Marathon and two weeks ago surprised a strong field when she won the Lisbon Half Marathon with a time of 1:08.48.
Chumba who switched to Bahrain comes to this race with a personal best of 2:24.27 that she got at Rotterdam Marathon early this year.
The Nandi County born athlete who is coached by Nicholas Kipkemoi Kirwa will be looking to lower the course record time of 2:29:12 that was set in 2014 by Ethiopian Mulahabt Tsega.
It is my first time in Beirut. I don’t know much about it. I just searched it on google and learned more, like the course record time. It depends on weather conditions but my aim is to break the course record.”
Chumba will face off with the defending champion Tigist Girma from Ethiopia but she has better time than which the Ethiopian is coming with of 2:32.15 that she got early this year at Lanzhou Marathon.
The winner will pocket a cool $10,000 USD but if the finishing time is under 2:28:00 that prize goes up to $15,000 USD. If she happens to break the course record she will pocket another $3,000.
The course has been changed, including the elimination of a 14% grade climb along the Mediterranean Sea coast, which many runners cursed, it should be more likely to see the record fall.