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Posted: April 21, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Train like world-class runner Irina Mikitenko

Fun runners and ambitioned athletes can now gain from training knowledge of one of the world's best marathon runners: Irina Mikitenko has started to cooperate with VICSYSTEM, a proven Swiss online training planner. With VICSYSTEM it is possible to create individual training plans for distances between 5,000 m and up to the marathon.

Irina Mikitenko, who will be the defending champion in next Sunday's Flora London Marathon, has already reached legendary status. In what was only her third marathon she won Berlin 2008 breaking the 2:20 barrier. With a world lead of 2:19:19 she became the fourth fastest runner of all times. In November 2008 Irina Mikitenko was the first Non-African winner of a World Marathon Majors (WMM) Series and shared a one million US-Dollar jackpot with Kenya's Martin Lel.

Irina Mikitenko has studied sport. She is a sports teacher and also has a German coaching licence. Together with her husband Alexander, a 13:39.95 5,000 m runner, she plans her own training schedules.

Now Irina Mikitenko passes on her knowledge and experience to VICSYSTEM (, which stands for "run to victory -- irina's training system". With thousands of members VICSYSTEM is already a leading online training planner in German speaking countries. But it is also available online in English. Since the beginning of 2006 VICSYSTEM cooperates with elite runners to offer training schedules from 5,000 m onwards. VICSYSTEM is suitable for all levels of running, from the fun runner to the ambitioned athlete. The programme also adjusts individually if the performance ability of the runner should change, for example because of succesful training.

"We are proud to be supported by Irina. With her help we are able to gain more long distance training know-how and add this to our training system," said Patric Lüthi, the founder and managing director of VICSYSTEM. "With Irina's support we make sure that fun runners as well as elite runners can profit from the knowledge of one of the world’s best runners."

Irina Mikitenko looks forward to this new challenge: "Naturally as a sports teacher I am interested in passing on my experience as an elite runner to other runners, so that they are able to train properly. With VICSYSTEM I have found the ideal partner to do just this and reach a large number of people."

Runners who use VICSYSTEM receive a regularly published newsletter with up to date information on training science and various other topics in conjunction with their training. In future Irina Mikitenko will join training camps organised by VICSYSTEM to pass on her knowledge directly to the participants.

More information on Irina Mikitenko at:

Born: 23rd August 1972
Nationality: German
Height: 1.58 m
Weight: 49 kg
BMI: 19.6

Personal bests: 3,000 m 8:30,39 (2:50/k)
  5,000 m 14:42,03 (2:56/k)
  10 k 30:57 (3:06/k)
  Half Marathon 1:08:51 (3:16/k)
  Marathon 2:19:19 (3:18/k)

More information is available online at: or ring Patric Lüthi (Managing Director of VICSYSTEM) at: + 41 44 389 6363

VICSYSTEM's managing director Patric Lüthi together with Irina Mikitenko - Photo:

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