Two years after breaking the long-standing German record, Arne Gabius has confirmed he will compete in the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon, a race with a five-star certification rating from European Athletics Running for All, for the third time on 29 October.
Gabius finished ninth in this race on his debut three years ago in 2:09:32 before improving to fourth in 2:08:33 the following year, breaking Jorg Peter’s national record of 2:08:47 set in 1988 in the process. But since then, Gabius has struggled with injury and he was forced to miss the Rio Olympics due to a hip problem but the 36-year-old is looking forward to returning to a race which elicits so many good memories.
“I have great memories of this race and those images are just as vivid as ever in my mind. I know the course like the back of my hand and am really looking forward to it,” said Gabius, who is taking a conservative approach ahead of the 36th edition of this race.
“Of course, I want to finish but also have a great competition,” he said. “The next few weeks of training together with a half marathon which is on my schedule will show what kind of target is realistic. So far everything has been going well.”
The elite races last year were won by Kenya’s Mark Korir (2:06:48) and Ethiopia’s Mamitu Daska (2:25:27). The course records stand at 2:03:42 and 2:21:01 respectively.
The European Running Business Conference will be held in Frankfurt from 27-28 October and conference participants are invited to attend the Mainova Frankfurt Marathon the following day. Registration to attend the conference remains open until 26 October and prospective attendees can register by following this link.
The IAAF Road Running Commission also meets in Frankfurt on the afternoon of 26 October and the morning of 27 October.
The European Athletics Quality Road Race standards act as an assurance for road runners throughout Europe. They distinguish between races that respect the standards and those that haven’t sought certification or assessment. They form the foundation of Running for All, a strong recognisable brand for running activities throughout Europe.
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Registration page: https://registration.mylaps.com/business-conference