Today, Sunday April 24th, it’s that time again. The Vienna City Marathon takes place in Vienna. More than 31,000 runners will take part, 8,000 have registered for the marathon distance. However, some world-class runners have canceled in advance. Last year’s winner Leonard Langat and the co-favorites Goitom Kifle as well as Derara Hurisa or Mekuant Ayenew will not be at the start. Oqbe Kibrom wants to cause a sensation for this. His preparation was good, “so I’m confident,” added Kibrom, who first and foremost wants to beat his own best time.
Last year’s Kenyan winner Vibian Chepkirui (2:24:29) starts in the women’s category. She will fight for victory against Caroline Kilel, Ruth Chebitok, Sheila Jerotich (all Kenya) and Sifan Melaku (Ethiopia), among others. Chepkirui’s management was already confident in advance: “With good conditions and with a view to the preparation, a time of 2:20 hours or better is not unrealistic. The route manager of the Vienna City Marathon, Mark Milde, also emphasized before the race: “Nevertheless, we still have a few top-class athletes at the start, which is why I have a good feeling of being able to attack the big records for both men and women.” The Austrian Lemawork Ketema (2:10:44) starts the race with the eighth best time of all starters.
In any case, the top favorites are supported by a special orientation system. This is used for the first time in Vienna. On a screen attached to the support vehicle, various interim and target times are continuously displayed per kilometer for support. Ethiopian Getu Feleke set the men’s course record in 2014 with a time of 2:05:41 hours. Nancy Kiprop from Kenya has held the women’s best time since 2019 in 2:22:12 hours.
According to the Central Institute for Meteorology and Geodynamics, brief rain showers are possible during the marathon. Sun and clouds will alternate according to the ZAMG. There are restrictions on traffic. The ÖAMTC therefore recommends “avoiding or driving around the districts within the belt and parts of the 2nd and 20th districts”. In any case, there is an up-to-date route planner in the ÖAMTC app under “Find route”. This takes into account all roadblocks as well as detours and short public transport routes for the day of the marathon.
However, there are no restrictions for the runners. A 3G certificate is also no longer required.