77K to Participate at Xiamen Marathon

Posted by: Watch Athletics
The 2014 athletics season will kick off on January, 2 with worlds one of the largest road races, the Xiamen International Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label road.  The organizers of the Xiamen International Marathon say that a total of 77,080 runners from China and 45 countries have signed up for the event.

High profile top overseas runners (21 man and 8 women) from Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Turkey, South Africa, and Eritrea are among 77,000 athletes who will battle for US $40,000 winners prize money. There is also award of 10,000 USD to male runners who finish the race between 2:07:32- 2:08:30 and female runners who will finish the race between 2:22:38 - 2:23:30. Although no world records are expected, the Chinese offere  US $1 million for setting a new world record. It is the largest prize money ever offered for setting a world record in a marathon race.
Ethiopia’s Negesse Shumi Endeshaw is the top male runner with a PR of 2:04:52 he set last year at the Dubai Marathon.

The Women's race will feature Mare Dibaba Hurssa, also from Ethiopian, who  finished 3rd in the Dubai Marathon 2012 with a spectacular time of 02:19:52. 
The Event Will be Stream Live Online Via CCTV 5. For More live stream details see Info Here.


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