14 feb 2013

Maraton de Sevilla: 10 days to the flattest marathon race in Europe!

Top athletes will try to break the course record on February 24 and run sub 2h08. The race was sold out one month before: 7,150 athletes.
The 29th edition of the Maraton de Sevilla on February 24 is going to be one of the most exciting marathon races in Europe early this season. In addition of being one of the most scenic venues in Spain, the flattest marathon in Europe and one of the fastest in the world, adds up another reason: a fierce competition with a great Pro Start List.

Maraton de Sevilla is opening its door to the international runners community and has unveiled a new and absolutely flat race course in one of the most scenic venue possible, in the city centre of Sevilla, crossing through all the main monuments and historical streets and finishing at the same track of the Olympic Stadium that hosted the Athletics World Championship in 1999. One month ago was sold out: More than 7,000 athletes registered to run on February 24.

Now, less than 10 days to the race day, the start list shows great top professional runners who will try to break the course record and run sub 2h08.

Eritrean Yonas Klife and Dagnaw Sharew, Ethiopean Teshome Gelana, Kenyan Katui, Mitei and Salomon, or Spanish Chema Martinez and Javier Diaz Carretero, among many others, will ensure a thrilling race for the victory in the male category. Kifle is one of the favorites because of his personal best (2h07:34 and 59:30) and will be helped by two great pacemakers also from Eritrea. Teshome Gelana from Ethiopia is going to be his main rival. Gelana won Houston Marathon –sub 2h08 too and is one of the latest professionals who signed up, but will not be the only Ethiopen in Sevilla: Woldeamanuel Gebremichael with his 2h08:45 will try to win the race as well. Kenian Enock Mitei (60:32 and 2h10), Emmanuel Samal (2h10) or Kipkemoi Katui will not definitely give away this oportunity to run fast just like that. It’s time also to see on the road some rookies such as Belay Shiferaw or Alemayehu Abebe, both from Ethiopia, 60:10 and 61:19, respectively in Half Marathon, or Tsegabu Gebremariam, brother of Gebre Gebremariam. Spanish Chema Martinez is the local hero and for sure will do his best from the begining to follow African athletes. Martinez is the reigning European silver medallist in Marathon, and he is a former 10,000m European champion, and has already won Madrid Marathon for example. Andalusian Javier Diaz Carretero will try to be the first European in the ranking.

The race in the female competition will rather be Ethiopia vs. Spain. One of the only woman who can beat both countries is Moroccan Nazha Machrouh. Wudinesh Nega (2h30:56, Port Marathon winner), Ehite Bizuayehu Gebreyes (1h11 and 2h32:19), Abeba Teklu Gebremeskel (2h36:05, Port and Taiwan winner) and the newcomer Alen Kifre are the top contenders from Ethiopia. The ‘Spanish Armada’ is lead by Dolores Pulido (2h36:44), Estela Navascues (2h40) and Andalusian Esther Hidalgo.

Please visit www.maratondesevilla.es for further information, video streaming, tracking and live coverage on race day.

More than 7,000 athletes will be lined up at the startline in La Cartuja to face this unique and special challenge. This is one of the cheapest marathon races worldwide, and the finish line is located at the athletic track of the Olympic Stadium which hosted 1999 IAAF World Championship. This urban, flat, fast and beautiful brand new race course will drive athletes through the most beautiful monuments of the city. Maraton de Sevilla brings the unique opportunity to brake the Best personal result over the mythical distance to all the athletes, professional or age groupers, in one of the most perfect international marathon circuits.

Chema Martinez, currently one of the best European marathon runners, and formers Marathon World Champions such as Abel Antón and Martin Fiz, have already confirmed their presence in the race.

The XXIX edition of the Seville Marathon 2013 (Andalusia, Spain) shows its oficial promotional video featuring Mary Anne Nixon, an American age grouper runner who is living in Seville and invites worldwide athletes to discover why this special marathon means “much more than running”, one of the official hashtag on Twitter #morethanrunning and #maratonsevilla. http://youtu.be/X7rbE2laWwc

Race course video: http://youtu.be/4CSavwUBbgU


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