Aberu Kebede, Meseret Hailu, Gladys Cherono and Anna Hahner will all race 2015 BMW Berlin Marathon

Anna Hahner versus East Africa: The field of top female runners at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON on September 27
New partnerships to enhance the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Press Release
Published July 29, 2015. Released July 28, 2015.

Aberu Kebede from Ethiopia will be leading the field of the top female runners at the 2015 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. She has already won here in 2010 and 2012, achieving her standing personal best (2:20:30 h) during the legendary race in pouring rain in 2010. Her greatest competition is expected to come from Gladys Cherono of Kenya, the reigning half marathon world champion. She achieved that title in the spring of 2014 in Copenhagen. The African champion in the 5,000m and 10,000m also won silver in the 10,000m at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. After trying out several half marathon races, crowned with the above-mentioned World Championship title, she ran her first marathon this year with quality and very promising time of 2:20:03 h – truly a world-class performance. The third in this group of top female international marathon runners who will be competing in the 2015 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON is Meseret Hailu, also of Ethiopia, whose personal  best in the marathon is only insignificantly slower: In 2012 she won the Amsterdam marathon in  2:21:09 h. That same year she was also the half marathon world champion. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON will be the tenth marathon in her career as a long-distance runner.

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After competing in 2012 and 2014, Anna Hahner (RUN2SKY.com), currently Germany’s fastest female marathon runner, will be starting at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON for the third time. In 2014 she ran her personal best in Berlin in 2:26:44h, placing seventh in an international field. The greatest athletic accomplishment so far for the long-distance runner from Hünfeld near Fulda was her victory last year at the Vienna Marathon. Last Sunday she successfully tested the Olympic atmosphere at the marathon in Rio de Janeiro. Coming in behind Caroline Chemutai Komen (Kenya), Anna Hahner finished second in 2:39:15 hours on the course along the coast.

You find a short video clip about the top female starters at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON here.

Aberu Kebede ETH (25)
1st Berlin 2010 + 2012
1st Tokio 2013PB 2:20:30 (Berlin 2010)

Meseret Hailu ETH (24)
1st Amsterdam 2012
Half Marathon World Champion 2012
PB 2:21:09 (Amsterdam)

Gladys Cherono KEN (32)
PB 2:20:03 (3rd Dubai 2015)
Half Marathon World Champion 2014

Anna Hahner GER (25)
1st Vienna 2014
PB 2:26:44 (7th BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2014)

New Partners for the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON
New partners will be moving into the limelight at the 42nd edition of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON. As announced last week, Abbott, a global healthcare company, will be a new main sponsor and official Healthcare partner. We are also welcoming the Swiss luxury watch brand TAG Heuer as the new official timing partner. The organizer of the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, SCC EVENTS, is announcing two addional partners as well: Taiwan Excellence, which is the seal of Quality for award winning products from Taiwan, and Strava, a community of athletes from all over the world.

A group of runners from one of Germany’s most prestigious athletics clubs, SC Charlottenburg, organized the first BERLIN-MARATHON in 1974. It was not until 1981 that the race moved from the Grunewald (a big forest area) into the city center of West Berlin. It was after the Berlin Wall collapsed in November 1989 when a new era started. On September 30, 1990, three days before reunification, the course of the BERLIN-MARATHON led through Brandenburg Gate and both parts of Berlin. The BMW BERLIN-MARATHON has developed into one of the world’s best quality road races and as an inherent part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors. Last year’s 2:02:57 h by the Kenyan Dennis Kimetto was the tenth world record on a course which makes full use of Berlin’s flat terrain and gentle corners.

Connect with us at www.bmw-BERLIN-MARATHON.com and on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/berlinmarathon/Twitter:  @berlinmarathon, @berlinmarathonE

About Abbott
At Abbott, we’re committed to helping you live your best possible life through the power of health. For more than 125 years, we’ve brought new products and technologies to the world — in nutrition, diagnostics, medical devices and branded generic pharmaceuticals — that create more possibilities for more people at all stages of life. Today, 73,000 of us are working to help people live not just longer, but better, in the more than 150 countries we serve.

Connect with us at www.abbott.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Abbott and on Twitter @AbbottNews and @AbbottGlobal.

About TAG Heuer
As part of its new strategy, the Swiss luxury watch brand TAG Heuer is going into sports marathons as partner and official timekeeper. With the 42nd BMW BERLIN-MARATHON at September 27th the brand is going back to its origins: Sports watches and chronographs as well as meeting new challenges and the desire to constantly push its limits. A perfect link to the current advertising slogan #DontCrackUnderPressure. It is far more than a claim it is a mindset.
Connect with us at www.tagheuer.com, and on Facebook atwww.facebook.com/TAGHeuer / Twitter www.twitter.com/TAGHeuer

A recognized name of innovation with added value, Taiwan Excellence is the highest accolade awarded to products that encapsulate innovalue. The Taiwan Excellence Selection was launched in 1993. Taiwan Excellence winners not only represent the most revolutionary, highest quality, highest value added products made by Taiwan, but also epitomize Taiwan’s unique genius in using innovation to create added value in the design and manufacturing of leading-edge products. Please visitwww.taiwanexcellence.org/index_en.html  for more information.

About Strava
Strava unlocks the potential of a global community of athletes. Stravas innovative mobile apps and website connect, motivate and inspire runners throughout their experience, from exploration and adventure to training and competition. Strava allows to track all runs, set personal records and compare efforts to those of friends. Enter virtual competitions, climb the leaderboards, create and join clubs and discover top runs in your area. For the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON, Strava hosts a specific racepage, allowing fellow athletes to connect while training towards their shared goal (www.strava.com/running-races/2015-BERLIN-MARATHON).
Designed by athletes for athletes, Strava connects millions of runners every day.

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