Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Strong Kenyans will chase course record and give Haile a run in Vienna

A group of strong Kenyans have been signed for the 28th edition of the Vienna City Marathon on 17th April. Among them is the former IAAF World Half Marathon Champion Paul Kirui. While the Kenyans are expected to target the 2:07:38 course record they will additionally give Haile Gebrselassie quite a run through the Austrian capital. Ethiopia's superstar will be competing in the half marathon and run a unique chase race. The elite marathon runners will get a head start and it will be Haile's aim to catch them before he finishes his half marathon. The time difference at the start has yet to be determined. More than 30,000 runners have already entered the various events of the Vienna City Marathon. Online entry is still available at: www.vienna-marathon.com

With a personal best of 2:06:44 Paul Kirui is one of the fastest runners ever entered into the Vienna City Marathon. The 31 year-old Kenyan had clocked this time back in 2006, when he was second at the Rotterdam Marathon. But since then Paul Kirui's fastest marathon time in each year was not slower than 2:08:23. Additionally the average time of his 10 fastest marathons shows how consistent the Kenyan is in the marathon: it stands at 2:08:53.3 hours. He will be eager to improve this in Vienna.