Course records assaults at the the flattest marathon course in Europe: Zurich Maraton de Sevilla
To celebrate the 35th edition of one of the most picturesque and the flattest marathon course in Europe, on February 17th (8h30) a strong pro field of men and women is ready to assault course records at the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla.
In its 35th edition around 12,500 participants will be lined up on February, 17th 2019 from 8h30 expecting to complete this edition brand new course. This high quality event achieved last year the IAAF Gold Label status for the first time in history, it’s officially the second best in Spain and aims to keep growing. “Sevilla is one of the best cities in the world to run. Probably, Zurich Maraton de Sevilla is not only the flattest course in Europe, it could be so hard to find another race in the world with the historical heritage, art and monuments we share with the runners along these 42 kilometres. And we are sure that it will be a special place in the life of all the participants from this february on” says Sevilla mayor Juan Espadas.
Zurich Marathon de Sevilla has released a brand new course which improves the start and finish line venue. It’s even faster than before, just 10 meters elevation change, so it’s still the flattest marathon course in Europe. The start and finish line will be at the Paseo de Las Delicias, at the city centre, between Parque de Maria Luisa and the Guadalquivir River. Faster, more kilometers in the City Centre, and there will be more spectators and hot spots.
A THRILLING MEN'S RACE
While 12,500 athletes will be aiming to finish the race, their personal victory, a strong elite field will run to get the triumph and to try to set new course records. The elite men will be chasing the race record of 2:07:43 set by Kenyan’s Titus Ekiru in winning the 2017 race. Kenya’s Samuel Kiplimo Kosgei, born in 1986, is entitled to race favouritism (2h06:53), but there will be also a good group of contenders fighting for the winning, such as Ethiopians Belay Asefa Bedada (2h07:10 in Hamburg), the young Tsegdat Abege Ayana (2h09), or Belaku Belachew Bizuneh, Regasa Bejiga and Erre Seboka Negusse, Eritrea’s Yohannes Ghebregergis (2h08) and Kenya’s Jonah Kipkemoi Chesum (2h08 and winner of the Barcelona Marathon in 2017). There will be as well some newcomers such as Nguse Amloson (ERI) with 59:39 in half marathon and solid winner of the San Silvestre Vallecana in 2016. Seville is a perfect place to set new personal best and to achieve good results to kick off athlete’s career. There will be also a huge group of European and South American athletes: French Hassan Chadhi (2h10), Argentina’s Miguel Barzola, Javier Carriqueo, Diego Fernando Elizondo, Mariano Mastromarino or Juan Molina, Israelites Maru Teferi or Getaun, Portugues Hermano Ferreira, British Martelletti… Also Jaume Leiva (1h02:29 this season) and Camilo Santiago (2h13) will be racing to become the first Spanish athlete at the finish line.
KAOUTAR BOULAID AIMS FOR DEFENCE HER VICTORY
Moroccan Kaoutar Boulaid is back to Sevilla to get her second vitory in a row and to defend his 2018 edition triumph and new course record (2h25:35). But it will be a fierce competition with the confirmed presence of Ethipians Hiwot Gebrekidan (2h25:45) and Gutene Shone Imana, who clocked in 2h23:32 in Houston 2015, and winner of Ottawa and Seul marathons. Sifam Belaku, Tesfanesh Merga, Meskeren Hunde, Meseret Gebre, Abeba Tekulu Gembremeskel or Aynalem Teferi are amongst the female favourites. Kenyan Susan Kipsang Jeptoo and Dinkesa Yinenesh in her debut, will be also strong contenders.
Swedish Charlotta Fougberg (1h11) and Dutch Jip Vestenburg will make their debut in Seville. There will be another group of ahtletes behind, such as Matea Parlov (CRO), Malin Starfelt (SWE), Azaunt Taka (ISR), Claudia Pinna (ITA), Vongovorachoti (THA), Mariela Ortiz (ARG), Edith Mamani (BOL) and Vanessa Pereira (POR).
Formers Marathon World Champions such as Abel Anton and Martin Fiz have already confirmed their presence in the race. Abel Anton will pace Fermin Cacho (gold medalist in Barcelona’92) in his debut in marathon.
This scenic and incredible fast course (flattest in Europe) shows all the monuments and the city centre: 10 meters elevation change from start to end, with the whole course at sea level. Seville, in the well known region of Andalusia in Spain, also offers perfect weather conditions in February and it is an unique city ready for culture, fun, gastronomy and a lifetime experience.
The marathon will pass several iconic landmarks, including ‘La Giralda’, one of the largest cathedrals in the world, the ‘La Real Maestranza’ bullring or ‘La Torre del Oro’.
LIVE STREAMING, SIDE EVENTS, IAAF GOLD LABEL, TOP EVENT
Zurich Marathon of Seville 2019 has moved forward from Bronze Label by IAAF to Silver Label two years ago, and last year became IAAF Gold Label. One more time the event receives a top qualification from the European Athletics Association and holds the second place in the national ranking of marathons, ahead of Barcelona and Madrid by the Royal Spanish Athletics Federation. The race is on the process to be known worldwide, but always keeping the essence of the four last editions about the absolutely fast and flat circuit route (the flattest in Europe) that goes through the city centre and the main monuments.
In the last your years, Zurich Marathon of Seville has completely transformed its course route: the flattest in Europe perfectly suitable for achieving personal best. The course route passes by the main monuments of the city and the historic centre, and the event has obtained more public support to offer the best care to participants. In 2019, the race offers the best service of tracking-live timing app and it is going to be on live streaming (live video at the official web page) and live broadcast on Spanish television during more than 3 hours.
Zurich, New Balance, Banco Santander, Carrefour, Solan de Cabras, Loading, Physiorelax, Kia Kitur and ABC de Sevilla are the proud sponsors and partners of the Zurich Maraton de Sevilla 2019.
Please visit ZurichMaratonSevilla.es for further information, video streaming, tracking and live coverage on social media on race day.
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