Gebrselassie To Run Vienna Half Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Dec. 22, 2010
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC

The Ethiopian marathoner will be running in Austria a few months after his Tokyo Marathon.

The recently un-retired world-record holder in the marathon has just announced he’s in for another race in 2011: This time it’s the Vienna Half Marathon on April 17. Gebrselassie will turn 38 the day after the Vienna race.

“We managed to convince him of our city, our event and our concept,” said race director Wolfgang Konrad.

The end of 2010 was tumultuous for Gebrselassie. In November, he dropped out of the ING New York City Marathon along the Queensboro bridge, citing tendonitis in his knee as the reason for his exit. He then called a press conference and announced his retirement–a decision that would ultimately prove to be premature.

After consultation with his manager, Jos Hermens, Ethiopia’s fastest marathon reconsidered his decision a few weeks after New York.

Gebrselassie will return to racing at the Tokyo Marathon at the end of February. He has made it known that he is looking to win the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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