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Lanny Rutto breaks Izmir Marathon course record

Kenya’s Lanny Rutto broke the race course record at the 3rd edition of the İzmir Marathon that was held on Sunday (16) in Izmir, Turkey.

Rutto took led 1-2-3 Kenyan podium finish as he chased the old course record of 2:09.35 that was set last year by Tsegaye Getachew from Ethiopia.

Rutto fought off his two compatriots, Meshack Kiprop Koech and Mathew Kemboi who gave him a hard time on the “Turkey’s fastest track” but he managed to hold them off at the 35km mar and forged ahead increasing his pace to run the remaining 7km alone to cut the tape in a new course record of 2:09.27 cutting off eight seconds from the previous course.

Koech came home in second place a distant later crossing the line in 2:11.21 with Kemboi closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:13.03.

The first Turkey to cross the finish line was Yavuz Ağralı who came home in eight place in 2:20.02



  1. Lanny Rutto         (KEN) 2:09.27
  2. Meshack Koech    (KEN) 2:11.21
  3. Mathew Kemboi   (KEN) 2:13.03

Kakamega Forest Marathon Cancelled

This year’s Kakamega Forest Marathon has been canceled due to raging Covid-19 Pandemic in the country and in particular in the counties that our participating elite athletes as well as the technical support come from.

The race Chief Executive Officer George Murila said, “We as Organizers do not have the capacity to have both the athletes and the technical staff tested, isolated or bubble accommodated etc.

We look forward with hope to having the 6th edition in 2022 when the health situation in the country will have sufficiently improved.”

We regret this difficult decision and appeal to all stake holders in the event to bear with us. Murila concluded.

The 2019 edition won by Mathew Kemboi and Judith Korir which was the last physical race as the 2020 was cancelled due to the pandemic.