As top athletes will be battling out to win the 2018 Berlin Marathon title on Sunday morning, KELLU Resort in Iten will be alive, with fans, friends and athletes thronging to watch the proceedings in Germany popularly called marathon Viewerthon.
Former Olympic marathon champion silver medalist Wilson Kipsang will be facing off reigning Olympic marathon champion Eliud Kipchoge.
Kipsang, the 2013 record holder won the title in a world record of 2:03.23 while Kipchoge won the title last year 2:03.05 failing to break the world record held by Dennis Kimetto of 2:02.57
The men’s marathon in Berlin has become a yardstick for top level performances at the distance worldwide. Over the past 15 years, its flat course has been the stage for half a dozen world records. Since 2003 no other marathon has produced a men’s world record.
The Kenyan contingent will be facing off with world marathon record holder Zersenay Tadese of Eritrea.
For women, two time world champion Edna Kiplagat will be in action against defending champion Gladys Cherono and Tirunesh Dibaba.
Cherono won the title last year, running 2:20:23, but has a 2:19:25 personal best set in when winning the first of her two Berlin titles in 2015.
Back to Iten, a large crowd is expected to watch the live events that will be sponsored by Bank of Africa,
Bank of Africa’s partners include LG Electronics who will showcase their products and services during the viewing party at the Keellu Resort.
LG Electronics will also organise customer service sessions for their clients in Iten and Eldoret on the marathon weekend from Friday to Sunday.