Marathon World Record Holder Patrick Makau To Run In Frankfurt

August 14, 2012

World marathon record holder Patrick Makau will run the BMW Frankfurt

Marathon on 28th October. Organisers of Germany’s oldest city

marathon, which will see its 31st edition, have today confirmed the

most spectacular signing in the history of their event. The 27

year-old Kenyan had established the present record of 2:03:38 in

Berlin a year ago. After surprisingly being omitted from Olympic

selection Patrick Makau opted for the


German IAAF Gold Label Road Race, that has established itself among

the world’s top marathons in recent years. “It is an honour for us

that such an outstanding athlete has chosen to run the BMW Frankfurt

Marathon,” said Race Director Jo Schindler.


A year ago Patrick Makau had broken the marathon world record in

Berlin, beating superstar Haile Gebrselassie. The Ethiopian had

entered the race as the world record holder, but Patrick Makau

improved that mark by 21 seconds. However a couple of weeks after his

biggest triumph so far Patrick Makau had to sweat over his record. It

was in Frankfurt where fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang clocked a course

record of 2:03:42, just missing the mark by a mere four seconds.


Wilson Kipsang’s present course record had been the fifth in a row

broken at the BMW Frankfurt Marathon. Since 2007 the mark was improved

from 2:07:58 to 2:03:42, showing the enormous development of the elite

race. The mass event has grown considerably as well. With a record

number of finishers in 2011 (12,436), the BMW Frankfurt Marathon

became Germany’s second biggest race of its kind. This year interest

is even bigger. Organisers expect to reach the entry limit of 15,000

runners well before race weekend. Online entry is possible at:


“The fact that Patrick has decided in favour of Frankfurt shows his

determination to run a very good race and a fast time,” said Christoph

Kopp, who is responsible for the elite field of the BMW Frankfurt

Marathon. After not being selected for the London Olympics, Patrick

Makau wants to bounce back.


The BMW Frankfurt Marathon will be the eighth marathon of Patrick

Makau’s career. The Kenyan has a great win streak in Germany, which he

wants to continue. So far he started at seven high profile road races

in this country and has won all of them.


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