Geoffrey Mutai To Run Berlin Marathon

Geoffrey Mutai heads to Berlin this fall. Photo:

He’s looking for an impressive time on the flat course.

Even though he’s the world’s fastest marathoner, Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya was left off his nation’s Olympic squad. In order to show the world that he’s a force to be reckoned with, Mutai will be running the BMW Berlin Marathon this September.

“We are pleased to have Geoffrey Mutai run the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. He is one of the best athletes in the world and will have the opportunity to prove it on the fast Berlin course,” said race director Mark Milde on Tuesday.

In 2010, Mutai ran the Berlin course and finished just two seconds behind Patrick Makau, clocking 2:05:10. Makau later went on to set a world-record on the same course in 2011.

Mutai has covered the 26.2 miles faster than Makau, but his time at Boston in 2011 (2:03:02) didn’t count because of the course’s point-to-point nature and unallowable drop prevent it from counting toward world records.

“I am familiar with the Berlin course and know that you can run very fast here. If the weather is good, there is nothing in the way of a fast time,” said Mutai.

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