Three Kenyans are in race for the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Award.
Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge and World marathon gold medallist Geoffrey Kirui men’s Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) top honours.
World marathon record holder Mary Keitany is a candidate in the women’s category.
The winners in both male and female categories will be declared at the AIMS Best Marathon Runner (BMR) Award at the AIMS Gala in on November 10 this year in Athens, Greece.
Kipchoge, who is in line for the award for the third successive year, had on May 6 attempted a first sub-two hours marathon, in the Nike Breaking2 project at the Monza Formula 1.
Kipchoge, who won the award in 2015 and 2016, finished the race in 2:00:25 is in the fray of winning his third AIMS award.
Kipchoge won the Berlin Marathon on September 24 to secure his eighth victory from nine marathon appearances in a world-leading time of 2:03:32, but failed in his bid to break the much-talked about World Record of 2:02:57 held by Dennis Kimetto.
Kirui who is the reigning Boston marathon winner won the World marathon title in London in August, clocking in 2:08:27 tobecome the fourth Kenyan after Douglas Wakihuri (1987), and Luke Kibet (2007) and Abel Kirui (2009, 2011) to win the world championship title.
Keitany won the London Marathon, setting a new world record of 2:17:01, slicing by 41 seconds of Paula Radcliffe’s previous record, which the Briton set in 2005 in London.
Keitany who has previously won the AIMS award in 2009 and 2011, will battle it out with Kenyan-born Bahraini Rose Chelimo as the Kenyan seeks to win it for the third time.
Chelimo emerged victorious at the World Championships marathon, beating two times world marathon champion Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat in the last kilometre to win in 2:27:11.