The 2015 World bronze medallist Champion Solomon Mutai and Ethiopia’s Betesfa Getahun will headline the Vienna City Marathon that will be held on 12th September in Vienna, Austria.
Mutai who was placed third in 2019 has an advantage over others as he has run through the city with a personal best of 2:08.25.
The Ugandan will battle for honors with Ethiopia’s Getahun who heads the current start list with a personal best of 2:05.28. The 22 year-old got his pb when he finished fourth at the 2019 Amsterdam marathon. Since Vienna will only be his second marathon he will be eager to improve his time. Among his rivals will be Kenyans Bethwell Rutto and Edwin Kosgei who clocked personal bests of 2:07.41 and 2:07.51 respectively in this year’s Siena Marathon.
It was in Vienna where Kenya’s Olympic Champion Eliud Kipchoge famously broke the two hour marathon barrier in October 2019 in a race co-organized by the same team that is in charge for the Vienna City Marathon.
A total of 24,900 athletes have so far registered for the Vienna City Marathon, which will be spread over two days with some of the shorter events taking place on the Saturday.
”With their incredible performances and elegantly smooth running styles elite runners belong to the Vienna City Marathon. We are really happy that even in these extraordinary circumstances this year we will be able to present world-class sport on the streets of Vienna,” said Race Director Wolfgang Konrad.
A strong Japanese team will feature in the Vienna City Marathon: Kento Kikutani improved his personal best to 2:07:26 this February in Otsu where he finished ninth. Yuta Koyama (2:08:46), Koki Yoshioka (2:10:13) and Daiji Kawai (2:10:50) are the other three Japanese who currently train for the race in Vienna.
Regarding mass participation organizers look ahead with confidence. „We are really happy with the interest runners are showing for our event. This is a great boost for all our activities. Two and a half years after the most recent Vienna City Marathon we are ready to go again. When we organized smaller running events recently we already got a great response from the running community,“ said Kathrin Widu, the Managing Director of the Vienna City Marathon. A recent anonymous survey among runners entered for the race showed that over 92.7 % of them will compete in the Vienna City Marathon fully vaccinated.