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Makau Motivated By Mutai’s Berlin Race

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 3, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 3, 2012 at 9:54 AM UTC
Patrick Makau is expected to run fast in Frankfurt at the end of this month. Photo: PhotoRun.net

The marathon world-record holder is gearing up for a fast race in Frankfurt.

There are a lot of superlatives thrown around elite fields in large-city races. The Frankfurt Marathon on Oct. 28 is no exception.

Organizers are saying that the top runners in the men’s and women’s fields are some of the best ever assembled for a marathon.

Headlining the men’s side is the world-record holder in the marathon, Patrick Makau.

Makau set the mark in Berlin, but Frankfurt is probably just as fast. Last year, Wilson Kipsang clocked 2:03:42 there, which was just four seconds shy of the record.

“I followed the marathon on TV – but I cannot comment on the race,” Makau said of the recent Berlin Marathon where rival Geoffrey Mutai narrowly won. “I can only speak for myself. My training went well. And having seen the Berlin race, this has motivated me for Frankfurt.”

On the women’s side, Mamitu Daska of Ethiopia is the clear favorite.

Approximately 15,000 runners will take part in the race.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com 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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