The starting line of women's marathon 2023 World Athletics Championships race.

By David Monti, @d9monti
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BUDAPEST (26-Aug) — On Sunday at 7:00 a.m. local time, the men’s marathon at the 2023 World Athletics Championships will step off from Heroes’ Square in the city center. Eighty-five athletes from 42 countries are on the official start list, 37% more than the 62 who started in Eugene a year ago.

Fans in the United States can watch the world track and field championships men’s marathon race on CNBC and Peacock TV, starting at 1:00 a.m. ET. There could also be a live broadcast on NBC, so please check with your network providers for any changes.

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Most of the race will be held on one roadway, Andrássy Avenue, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It’s a wide boulevard which is usually teeming with traffic. Athletes will do five out-and-back circuits.  The first is 2.2 kilometers, and the next four are 10 kilometers. 

The runners will pass landmarks like the House of Terror Museum, Opera House, and Hungarian Academy of Sciences before crossing the iconic Széchenyi Chain Bridge on the side of the Danube River. 

The competitors will loop around Buda Castle, go back over the bridge, and then head back to Heroes’ Square for the next circuit and, eventually, the finish.

Only one of the three medalists from Eugene are on the start list.  Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola hopes to repeat as world champion again.

Because Tola got a “bye” to enter here as defending champion, Ethiopia has another three men on their squad: Leul Gebresilase (2:04:02 PB), Tsegaye Getachew (2:04:49) and Milkesa Mengesha (2:05:29).  Tola is ranked #3 in the world under the World Athletics points system.

Other medal contenders include Kenya’s Timothy Kiplagat (2:03:50 PB), the Netherlands’ Abdi Nageeye (2:04:56 PB), Japan’s Ichitaka Yamashita (2:05:51), and Uganda’s Stephen Kissa (2:04:48). 

The USA team is Elkanah Kibet (2:10:43 PB), Nico Montanez (2:09:55) and Zach Panning (2:09:28).  Kibet ran the World Championships in Eugene and finished 24th in 2:11:20.  Both Montanez and Panning are making their national team debuts.

What will the weather be like for the World Championships men’s marathon race?

Similar to the women’s race today, conditions are expected to be hot and sunny.  Start-time temperatures are forecast at 71F/22C with 79% humidity by under sunny skies. 

For the finish, temperatures are expected to reach 80F/27C with 66% humidity.  That’s nearly a carbon copy of Saturday’s weather.

Only one American man, Mark Plaatjes in Stuttgart in 1993, has ever won a world marathon title.  He was also the most recent American medalist. 

The only other USA man to medal was Steve Spence who won the bronze in Tokyo in 1991.

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