Kenya’s Visiline Jepkesho will headline the 40th edition of the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon slated for October 29, 2023 in Mainova, Germany.
The 33 year-old comes to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:21.37 that she got at the 2017 Paris Marathon where she finished in fourth place.
Jepkesho who holds a season best of 2:27.13 that she got in April of this year at the Vienna City Marathon where she came home in fourth place will face-off with her compatriot Magdalyne Masai who has raced in two races in the last four years due to Covid pandemic and also being blessed with a baby boy called Jake Jr. Masai holds the fastest time this season of 2:24.12 that she got while taking the top honors at Vienna City Marathon, where she also beat Jepkesho hands down.
The two kenyans will have to get past Buzunesh Gudeta from Ethiopia who is the third fastest athlete on the entry list with a time of 2:22.38 that she got early this year at Barcelona Marathon where she finished in fourth.
European silver medallist in the marathon, Matea Parlov Kostro from Croatia will also be fighting for the top podium finish as she comes with a life time best of 2:25.45.
The three have been assembled together by the race organisers to try and chase the course record time of 2:19.10 that was set in 2019 by Valary Aiyabei from Kenya.
“I’m expecting a first-class race at our jubilee edition,” said the race director Jo Schindler.
The Mainova Frankfurt Marathon is on course to maintain its reputation for strong performances among the elite and high numbers for the mass field with around 25,000 runners expected to take part on the last Sunday in October. The event holds an Elite Road Race Label, awarded by World Athletics, the sport’s governing body.