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Posted: February 17, 2014  

Athletics: Strong Pro Field Set To Break The Course Record at Maraton de Sevilla

9,000 athletes run on Sunday the 30th Maraton de Sevilla, the flattest marathon race in Europe

Everything is ready in Seville (Andalusia, Spain) to host the 30th edition of the Maraton de Sevilla, the flattest marathon course in Europe. 9,000 athletes will run this Sunday through the city centre of one of the most beautiful spots in Spain. The event was sold out three months before with almost 20% of foreigner participants. More than 60 professionals will try to break the course record and get their personal best in this awarded IAAF Bronze Label race.

Maraton de Sevilla 2014 -- recently awarded IAAF Bronze Label, takes place on Sunday (9h00) and achieves a new participation record in its history with 9,000 athletes. The event was sold out three months before the raceday. Maraton de Sevilla is an absolutely flat race in one of the most scenic venues, in the city centre of Seville, passing by all the main monuments and historical streets and finishing at the same track of the Olympic Stadium that hosted the Athletics World Championship in 1999.

Maraton de Sevilla achieves the prestigious IAAF Bronze Label status on its 30th edition. It’s the first time in history that Maraton de Sevilla, one of the best marathon events in Spain, has been awarded with the title ‘IAAF Bronze Label’, an official label from the International Associations of Athletics Federation that recognizes quality, services, promotion and communication, elite participation amongst other parameters.

The marathon takes place through the streets around well known monuments such as the Giralda, the third largest Cathedral in the world, La Real Maestranza bullring, Torre del Oro, Plaza de España, Archivo de Indias, Reales Alcazares –Royal Palace and many beautiful and traditional streets in one of the largest historic old city centre in the world. In addition, athletes will pass through the modern side of Sevilla, in La Cartuja (the site of the 1992 World Exposition) and some of the most important and picturesque neighborhoods: Triana, la Macarena...

There will be video streaming to follow the race online, live ranking and tracking, live coverage on social media and on

Pro Start List
The flattest marathon race in Europe attracts many top Africans athletes looking for a good result to break the course record and many Europeans trying to get a place to compete at the European Championships in summer. The defencing race champion Solomon Busendich (KEN) with 2h10:12 last year and 2h08 as PB, is one of the main favourites to take the victory in the male category. He’s also won Milan and Kosice marathons. Another African athletes are Abere Lema (2h08), Adugna Bekele (debut) and Kedir Fedaku (2h09) from Ethiopia, and Kenian Benjamin Bitock (winner of Tolouse Marathon), Kirwa, Mutai… Belor Yator, from Qatar, is one of the top contenders with 2h08 and winner of Luxembourg Marathon. They are called to make history this Sunday. Spanish José Carlos Hernández, an olympic athlete who has ran in 2h11 in Barcelona, and Francisco España are the main local favourites to be the first European in the ranking. Twenty Africans and around another twenty top European marathon runners will be lined up at the start line. Formers Marathon World Champions such as Abel Antón and Martin Fiz have already confirmed their presence in the race.

In the women’s race, Pamela Rotich (29, KEN) will debut in the distance. She comes to Seville with 1h10 as personal best in half marathon and will try to set a new female course record (2h26, Marisa Barros). Genet Teka Kahsay (ETH, 2h36) and Mulit Mewcha Gebresilase (ETH, 1h13) will be close to her from the beginning. Spanish Olympic athlete Elena Espeso (2h30.58) is looking for a great result and could be the winner as well. Barbara Sanchez (FRA-IRL), Joasia Zakrzewski (GBR), Marthe Katerine Myhre (NOR) and Southafrican Tanith Maxwell (2h32) complete a strong female start list.

9,000 athletes will be lined up at the startline in La Cartuja to face this unique and special challenge. This is one of the cheapest marathon races worldwide, and the finish line is located at the athletic track of the Olympic Stadium which hosted 1999 IAAF World Championship. This urban, flat, fast and beautiful brand new race course will drive athletes through the most beautiful monuments of the city. Maraton de Sevilla brings the unique opportunity to brake the Best personal result over the mythical distance to all the athletes, professional or age groupers, in one of the most perfect international marathon circuits.

Please visit for further information, video streaming, tracking and live coverage on race day.


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