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New Course Records At Peace Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Oct. 10, 2012
  • Updated Oct. 10, 2012 at 12:49 PM UTC
Lawrence Kimaiyo celebrates his new record. Photo: IAAF

Both the men’s and women’s marks fell on a great day for running.

It was a big day for Kenya in the town of Kosice, Slovakia last weekend.

Lawrence Kimaiyo and Hellen Mugo both set course records in the International Peace Marathon.

In the men’s race, Kimaiyo ran a blazing 2:07:01 to better the previous mark, which had been set by Gilbert Chepkwony in 2010 (2:08:33). He also set a personal best.

“Im very satisfied with my personal best and course record,” he remarked afterward. “My feelings were great from the beginning, we also had here in Kosice top weather for marathon running. I believed I could be the winner. I was preparing for this race since January.”

On the women’s side, Mugo shaved off 51 seconds, running 2:29:59.

“I felt excellent that is why I started fast,” she said. “Despite being tired at the end I was confident about the win and new record. It was not that tough for me.”

Conditions at the race were nearly perfect with temperatures around 15 degrees Celsius, no wind, and only slight rain.

The International Peace Marathon is Europe’s oldest 26.2-mile 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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