For the first time the Venicemarathon race course went through St. Mark’s Sq. and this happened right last Sunday – October 23. The course was new and new is the race record set by the Kenian Helena Kirop, who won the women race in 2h23’37” breaking the previous record of 2h27’02” hold by Lenah Cheruiyot (KEN). Besides Helena Kirop hasn’t just broken the course record but has set her personal best time on the distance. Behind her Makda Haji, 2010 Venicemarathon winner, stopped the chronometer at 2h27’31”.
The men race was decided right in St. Mark’s Sq. where athletes passed through for the first time and right this new passage decided the winner. Athletes were quite fast, the half marathon check point registered a time of 1h04’17” but the fight began at the 30th km and the St. Mark’s Sq. saw the Ethiopians Tolesa Tadese Aredo and Simon Kumun fighting to decide who was going to win. In fact from here on Aredo changed pace and rhythm and left Mukun behind him and finished the race in 2h09’13”. Second place went to Simon Mukun who stopped the clock at 2h09’18” and third place to the Ethiopian Debebe Wolde 2h09’56”. Good was also the performance of the Italian Danilo Goffi who finished 7th in 2h14’41”.
The total finishers of the 26th Venicemarathon are 5,868 marathoners (out of which 967 are women). The very last athlete finished the race in 6h21’59”. The race was a great success thank you to the great number of spectators along the race course and to the beautiful sun shining for the participants.