There has been no shortage of media covering the London Marathon – and for good reason. Mo Farah is making his marathon debut. Wilson Kipsang, the world record holder, is running. The pacers are scheduled to go through the half right near World Record pace. The Queen will be watching. David Beckham will be watching. In fact, most of England will be watching. There is no doubt it is the main event.
With that being said, just a couple of hundred miles away, the undercard has the potential to steal the show. That’s right – there’s a marathon going on Sunday morning in The Netherlands.
Hmm, not exactly. Let’s try that again…
That’s better. Not only does Rotterdam have a fast course, it has a fast field. The favorite is Eliud Kipchoge:
He’s run 2:04:05 – the sixth fastest time ever recorded. He will face tough competition from Bernard Koech, who ran 2:04:53 in his first marathon ever in 2013. Bernard Kipyego, who has run 2:06:29, will also be in the mix. In fact, these three men have trained together for the last several months and have stated that they will work together for between 35 km and 38 km. Only time will tell if Rotterdam steals the show from London. Regardless, it should be an interesting morning of running!
– there is a one hour time difference between Rotterdam and London
– going back 30 years, every marathon World Record has been set in Berlin, Chicago, London or Rotterdam
– it is going to be about 12C and a little breezy in Rotterdam on Sunday
– the course records for Rotterdam are 2:04:27 (held by Duncan Kibet and James Kwambai) and 2:18:58 (held by Tiki Gelana)
Have you worked with other people in races?
If so, was it something you planned ahead of time?
How do you think it affected your performance?