Edwin Kiptoo, a Kenyan runner, set a new course record of 2:10:34 by winning the 40th Athens Marathon. The race also saw Soukaina Atanane winning the women’s race from Morocco.
Edwin Kiptoo’s Victory
Kenyan athlete Edwin Kiptoo, at the age of 30, secured victory in the 40th Athens Marathon, setting a new course record of 2 hours, 10 minutes, and 34 seconds. He overcame his compatriots as he dominated the second half of the race, eventually running the last 10 kilometers alone.
Top Finishers and Course Description
Following Kiptoo, Rhonzai Lokitam Kilimo from Kenya finished second at 2:12:36, while Felicien Muhitira of Rwanda came in third with the same timing. Soukaina Atanane from Morocco claimed the women’s race victory in 2:31:52. The Athens Marathon course, known for its hilly terrain, rises continuously between the 17th and 32nd kilometers before descending for the rest of the way, making it a challenging course for runners.
Historical Significance and Attendance
The race commenced near the historic battlefield where Athenians and their allies achieved victory over a larger Persian army in 490 BC. The marathon culminated at the renowned Panathenaic Stadium, an ancient arena reconstruction that hosted the inaugural modern Olympic Games in 1896. This year, a record 20,322 runners participated in the Athens Marathon, surpassing the previous record set in 2019.
The race saw a significant resurgence in attendance, with the number of registered runners reaching an all-time high after a drop in participation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 edition had to be canceled, and the subsequent races in 2021 and 2022 saw a more than 50% decline in attendance due to the pandemic.