New Marathon World Record

Posted: October 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

Patrick Makau-Like A Kenyan!

This is an extremely exciting time for marathoning throughout the world!  Patrick Makau of Kenyan recently broke the world record by running 2:03:38 in the BMW Berlin Marathon.  Previous WR holder, Haile Gebrselassie of Ethiopia, was also in the race but pulled out at 27 kilometers with stomach issues.

Makau beat Gebrselassie’s record of 2:03:59 by 21 seconds by running an average pace of 4:43 per mile over the marathon distance…simply amazing.  Can the 2:00 hour marathon be far away?  The 4 minute mile seemed beyond reach until Roger Bannister surpassed that mark with a time of 3:59.4 in 1954.  Just 46 days another runner broke Bannister’s record with a time of 3:57.9. 

Once a record is broken there tends to be seismic gains in record times.  The Chicago Marathon is this Sunday and Ryan Hall will be the top-seeded American runner.  He ran 2:04:55 in Boston this year and was 4th overall, the fastest time run by an American EVER!  His Kenyan competitors credited him with the the record breaking times by taking the pace our quickly from the start and pushing the Africans to the end. 

The New York Marathon is November 6th and the field is stacked!  The Marathon Olympic Trials will be held in Houston on January 14, 2012 and the men and women will compete on the same course with the respective starts just 15 minutes apart.  The course is extremely spectator friendly so you’ll be able to see the field multiple times.  I will definitely be there to watch America’s top marathoning prospects battle for the coveted top 3 positions to represent the United States in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

There is so much excitement happening in the marathon world for the next 10 months…don’t miss it!

Ryan Hall 2:04:55 in Boston 2011!

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