• IAAF Gold Label Marathon & ½ Marathon to take place on Sunday morning, 2 Oct.
• 50 international athletes representing 10 countries to lead more than 23,000 runners
• Elite races to be broadcast live on RTP beginning at 9:00am GMT
LISBON, Portugal – 30 September, 2016 – World headlines a world-class elite field on Sunday morning at the EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Lisbon Marathon & Santander Totta Half Marathon on Sunday morning October 2, 2016.
For the 2016 edition of the EDP Rock ‘n’ Roll Lisbon Marathon, organizers have made slight adjustments to the route and moved the marathon start time to 8:30 am, while the half marathon will start at 10:30 am on the Vasco da Gama Bridge.
One of the most scenic marathon routes in the world, Sunday’s 26.2-mile event begins in the seaside city of Cascais, featuring a fast course with breathtaking views along the Atlantic Ocean and through the beautiful gardens of Oerias. The race route then runs back along the banks of the Tagus river, touring the heart of old Lisbon and finishing at Parque das Nações, the location of the 1998 World Exposition.
The elite men’s field includes ten men who have run faster than 2:10:00, including Kenya’s Alfred Kering (2:07:11) and Eritrea’s Samuel Tsegay (2:07:28), who was the 2014 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships silver medallist. The women’s field also features a strong line-up with Ethiopians Guteni Shone (2:23:32) and Shanko Genemo (2:24:31) among the top competitors.
The half-marathon elite field will be chasing two men with sub-60:00 personal bests: Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew (59:11) and Geoffrey Kusuro (59:43) of Uganda. Also in the field is Kenyan Wilfred Kimitei, who won a silver medal in 10,000m at African Games 2016 and comes to the start line with a PB of 60:38.
The leading women’s entrant is Lucy Kabuu of Kenya, who owns the fastest PR in the field (66:09). Favorites among those aligned against her will be Ethiopia’s Genet Yalew (66:26) and Kenya’s Magdalyne Masai (67:31).
Race weekend will welcome more than 23,000 runners from around the world traveling to Lisbon. The event also includes a shorter distance Mini Marathon sponsored by EDP, which starts and finishes at the same location as the half marathon and allows for wider participation. The elite races will be broadcast live on RTP television and spectators can tune in around the globe to watch at http://www.rtp.pt/play/direto/rtp1.