Mary Keitany, the world’s number one road runner in 2009, will run the BIG 25 Berlin on 9th May. The 28 year-old has entered the 30th edition of Germany’s oldest big city road race with the aim to break the world 25 k record. More than 10,000 entries are expected for the BIG 25 Berlin, which will also feature a 10 k race, a 5×5 k relay and a children’s event.
All events will finish on the blue track inside the famous Berlin Olympic Stadium, which saw the IAAF World Championships last summer. Online entry for the BIG 25 Berlin is still available at: www.berlin-laeuft.de
Mary Keitany took the World Half Marathon title in stunning fashion in October 2009. Clocking 66:36 minutes in Birmingham she had an advantage of more than a minute and just missed the world record by eleven seconds. From the ten best times ever run at the distance Mary Keitany alone holds four, which is a remarkable achievement.
But it was not just the half marathon, where Mary Keitany was number one in the world in 2009. With times of 31:04 and 62:59 minutes she also headed the season’s lists at 10 and 20 k.
For the first time Mary Keitany will run a 25 k race. Although she will enter new territory it is likely that she instantly breaks the official world record listed by the IAAF. This mark from Mizuki Noguchi stands at 1:22:13. The Japanese had clocked this time during the Berlin Marathon 2005.
To prepare thoroughly for the BIG 25 Berlin Mary Keitany had given up her original plan to compete at the Lisabon Half Marathon in March.
The race will be started in front of the Olympic Stadium on 9th May. The course then leads the runners through the city centre of the capital, passing Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, Friedrichstraße, Gendarmenmarkt, Potsdamer Platz, the Memorial Church at Kurfürstendamm and the TV tower near the Olympic Stadium.
More information and online entry is available at: www.berlin-runs.com
The title sponsor BIG is a German online national health service company (BIG direkt gesund). More information is available at: www.big-direkt.de
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