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World Record Holder Eliud Kipchoge Named Race Ambassador

World marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge has been appointed the brand ambassador the Isaiah Kiplagat Memorial Ndalat Gaa Cross Country Championship.

Kipchoge who hails from Nandi County was named as the ambassador because he hails from area and his exceptional performance in athletics.

The event’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) chairman Abraham ‘Solo” Mutai said Kipchoge’s mandate will be to market the event, nurture and mentor upcoming promising athletes taking part in the race.

Kipchoge is fresh from winning this year’s Berlin Marathon on September 24, where set a new world marathon record of 2:01.39 in the German capital.

At the Ndalaat Gaa cross country championships, is where budding athletes are nurtured and sanctified to conquer the world.

Joseph Ebuya started the season by winning the 2009 Ndalat Gaa meeting before going ahead to bag the world cross-country title in Bydgoszcz, Poland, in 2010.

Ebuya’s win brought the individual senior men’s 12km title back to Kenya for the first time since Paul Tergat won in Belfast 1999.

The 2011 London Marathon winner Prisca Jeptoo won in 2012 after claiming silver medals at Daegu worlds while Vivian Cheruiyot went ahead to strike two gold medals in 2011 and crowned the world cross-country title.

Olympic, world and Commonwealth games 3000m steeplechase champion Conseslus Kipruto is another one among the many athletes who have developed and horned their talent in this annual run.

Gladys Cherono welcomed home with Songs and Dance

The 2018 Berlin Marathon course record holder, Gladys Cherono returned home on Wednesday morning following her exploits in Berlin Sunday.

Songs and dance rant the air as the two time Africa athletics champion arrived at the Eldoret International Airport with her husband Joseph Mbambok leading other family members ready to receive her.

The family waited patiently in the chilly morning weather, as they broke into song and dance as they welcomed the queen of Berlin marathon after she won her third title and defending her 2017 title, winning with a course record of 2:18.11.

The dance attracted other travellers, who, without asking joined the dance before boarding the planes, as traditional Kalenjin sour milk (Mursik) was served diligently.

Cherono said her purpose was to defend her title and not the world record while competing at Berlin marathon.

My success story was to defend my title not breaking the world record. I have achieved my goal of both winning the race and breaking the course record that had stood for long,” said Cherono.

World record was not in my mind because I wanted to defend my title,” she added.

She said that the main challenge was that she was the defending champion and everybody was looking at her performance and running skills.

As a defending champion, it was challenging because I needed to continue with my winning formula which I made it true,” said Cherono.

Cherono beat the race favourite Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia who finished in third place in 2:18.55 with Ruti Aga coming home second in 2:18.34. The former world half marathon champion broke the course record of 2:19.22 that was set in 2005 by Japanese Mizuki Noguchi.

Eliud Kipchoge: The stats behind his world record at the Berlin Marathon

Imagine getting on a treadmill, setting it to 13mph, then running at that pace for two hours one minute 39 seconds.

Or imagine running 100m in 17.2 seconds – and if that sounds slow, try it – and then doing that another 420 times without pause.

Most of us wouldn’t last more than a minute or two; new marathon world record holder Eliud Kipchoge is emphatically not most people.

Improvements big and small

The first time the marathon was run over its current distance of 26.2 mileswas at the 1908 London Olympics, when it was won by American Johnny Hayes in a time of 2:55:18.

A lot had changed in training and technology since then, and four years ago, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto became the first man to go under 2:03, clocking 2:02:57, also in Berlin. Kimetto took 26 seconds off the previous record, which itself was an advance of 15 seconds – modest increments as the record nudges in the direction of the two-hour mark that many still doubt is humanly possible.

On Sunday, Kimetto’s compatriot Kipchoge broke the record by 78 seconds.

It is the largest single improvement on the world record in more than 50 years, since Australian Derek Clayton knocked it down by 2mins 37secs in 1967.

To put all this into some perspective, the average time for non-elite male runners at the London Marathon is 3:48 – more than an hour and three-quarters slower than Kipchoge’s record.

*Times rounded to nearest minute

Marathon king

Kipchoge is the reigning Olympic champion

Kipchoge, 33, has competed in 11 marathons. He’s won 10 and finished second in the other.

He has won the Berlin Marathon and the London Marathon three times each, and holds the record for each course.

Marathon Result
2013 Hamburg 1st
2013 Berlin 2nd
2014 Rotterdam 1st
2014 Chicago 1st
2015 London 1st
2015 Berlin 1st
2016 London 1st
2016 Rio Olympics 1st
2017 Berlin 1st
2018 London 1st
2018 Berlin 1st

By the way, if an improvement like Kipchoge’s was unusual, the location was not. Sunday was the seventh time the record has been broken in 15 years – each time it has happened at Berlin.

More perspective

Kipchoge’s average speed was 13mph, an average pace of 2.52km/h for each kilometre of the 42.195km race.

To break that down further, he ran every 400m in 68.8 seconds.

He covered 30km in 1:26:45, also the fastest time ever recorded for that distance.

Kipchoge ran the second half of the Berlin Marathon even quicker than the first, finishing the final 13.1 miles in 1:00:33

As Jon Mulkeen from the IAAF points, it’s enough to give you cramp just thinking about it.


First Edition of Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon to take place on March 10 in China

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® will host it’s first 2018 event in China with the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon taking place on March 10 in Luoping, Yunnan province. Registration remains open for the new event which consists of a half marathon, a 12 km happy run and a 5 km family run.

“Luoping is truly a unique destination for a Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon race and is sure to give runners an unforgettable experience,” said Stacey Campbell, Vice President of Global Events. “We are delighted to kick off the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon China Series with this brand-new event as we continue the expansion of our events globally.”

Luoping, located in southwestern China Yunnan province, is known as the Eastern Garden for the sea of splendid canola flowers that bloom each spring. The 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon will coincide with the 20th Luoping International Canola Flower Cultural Tourism Festival. Runners will run in the field of canola blossoms which cover more than 530 square kilometers.

Heaven Band and Mayuan Poet will headline the music portion of the event, bringing fun to the run along with additional bands and DJs performing at the main stage and at music stations along the course.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon will also provide special finisher medals for participants which combine local culture and Rock ‘n’ Roll elements into the unique design. Participants will also have the opportunity to earn entries into Abbott World Marathon Majors events including the 2018 Chicago Marathon, 2018 Berlin Marathon, 2018 London Marathon and 2018 Boston Marathon.

General registration for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Luoping Half Marathon is still open and can be accessed at RunRocknRoll.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to Luoping@RunRocknRoll.com.

For more information on the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series, please visit RunRocknRoll.com or follow @RunRocknRoll on Twitter. Media may contact Press@RunRocknRoll.com.

About Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® is the world’s largest running series with more than 600,000 runners taking part in over 30 destination events around the world every year. Established in 1998, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series’ simple idea of making running fun has transformed both the U.S. and global running landscape by infusing the course with live bands, cheer teams and entertaining water stations, creating a block-party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike.

Race weekend kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo showcasing the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Events culminate with an entertaining finish-line festival and Toyota Concert Series Headliner featuring some of the biggest names in music, with past performances including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Aloe Blacc, Pitbull, FloRida, the Goo Goo Dolls and Bret Michaels.

Further information about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series can be found online at RunRocknRoll.com and follow @RunRocknRoll on all social platforms.