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It was a hot marathon weekend in Vienna that demanded lots of dedication from everyone involved. The tension, drama, atmosphere and excitement of the event was simply overwhelming. More fans than ever before lined up along the course to cheer on participants from 130 nations. Both winners, Salaheddine Bounasser and Nancy Kiprop, ran personal bests despite the heat. Peter Herzog and other Austrian top runners showed great performances much to the delight of the crowd. It has been an unforgettable weekend, starting with the Coca-Cola Inclusion Run, kids races and the 10k race on Saturday until the very last marathon finisher on Sunday.
Congratulations to all finishers!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of the event.
We look forward to welcoming you back in Vienna in 2019!
Salaheddine Bounasser is the surprise winner of the Vienna City Marathon. In very warm weather conditions the Moroccan clocked a personal best of 2:09:29. As last year Ishmael Bushendich finished runner-up. The Kenyan ran 2:10:03 while fellow countryman Samwel Maswai took third in 2:11:08. World record holder Dennis Kimetto dropped out at 25 k.
27 year-old Bounasser had not been regarded as one of the big favourites, but he ran impressive in the heat. Entered with a PB of 2:10:04 Bounasser improved this time by 35 seconds. „I thought I had a chance to get into the top three, but not to win“ said the Moroccan.
Nancy Kiprop defended her title with a time of 2:24:18, a personal best by two seconds. Given the conditions this has to be the single most outstanding performance of the event. It was only in the final part of the race, when the Kenyan slowed and missed breaking the course record of 2:23:47. Ethiopia’s Melesech Tsegaye and Celestine Chepchirchir of Kenya followed with 2:29:51 and 2:30:39 in second and third respectively.
Three runners - Nancy Kiprop, Celestine Chepchirchir and Fatuma Sado - were in the lead at half way, which they reached in 1:11:47. Ethiopia’s Sado was then dropped shortly before the 25 k mark. The two Kenyans were running together for the next 5 k section and passed 30k in 1:41:29, which pointed to a finishing time of 2:22:45. But then Chepchirchir faltered and Kiprop, running all on her own, could not keep up the pace. „I am happy to have won again in Vienna. Unfortunately it was too hot to break the course record,“ said 38 year-old Nancy Kiprop. Part of her price money will go into the development of her school project in Kenya, the "Nancie Cletius Academy".
The VCM half marathon race attracted more than 12,000 participants. Due to high temperatures 1,355 runners, who had entered the marathon, switched events during the race to finish the half marathon. Adam Konieczny from Poland in 1:11:15 and Michela Ciprietti from Italy in 1:22:52 were the winners.
The relay marathon for teams of four runners was billed as a Guinness World Record attempt to become the biggest relay marathon in the world. An impressive number of 3,417 teams completed the race. We look forward to the official certificate. Winning teams clocked times under three hours. With a time of 2:35:07 "Club Danube" team was the fastest men-only quartet. "ULC Transfer St. Veit" clocked 2:51:14 to become the winner among the mixed teams while "wmns running store" was unbeatable in the womens only division in 2:59:11.
|35th VIENNA CITY MARATHON 2018 (22nd April)|
|1. Salaheddine Bounasser||(MAR)||2:09:29|
|2. Ishmael Bushendich||(KEN)||2:10:03|
|3. Samwel Maswai||(KEN)||2:11:08|
|1. Nancy Kiprop||(KEN)||2:24:18|
|2. Melesech Tsegaye||(ETH)||2:29:51|
|3. Celestine Chepchirchir||(KEN)||
Many of Austrian top marathon runners took part in the Vienna City Marathon. They gave their best, achieved personal bests and were welcomed with big cheeres from the crowd. Clearly Austrian marathon running is on a high with as many good quality performances as never before. Once more, Vienna proves to be the main stage for this.
„The atmosphere was amazing. I was having goosebumps during the race. Without these fans I would not have made it to the line“, said Peter Herzog after he clocked 2:16:57 to break the qualification standard for the European Athletics Championships by just three seconds. Electrified by his success he jumped over advertising boards on his lap of honour. „I was running my marathon on the razors edge. It's been very though in between when I lost my rhythm. I am proud to have finished the race like I did. One can see on the results of the top finishers how difficult it was on this day.“
„Seeing the crowds was unforgettable, everything was highly motivating“, said triathlete Eva Wutti about her remarkable debut marathon. She finished in a promising time of 2:37:59 hours, less than a minute outside the European qualification standard.
„There were so many friends out there to support me. I highly enjoyed it and feel grateful to experience something like this“, said Katharina Zipser about her run to personal best of 2:44:41. „It's a sort of wonderland and a tremendous piece of homeland“, she commented in her blog.
Six races took place on ,Super Saturday’ to start the Vienna City Marathon race weekend. For around one and a half hours athletes were cheered on running towards the finish line at the Burgtheater opposite the town hall. The Coca-Cola Inclusion Run with a distance of 800 metres, the 2k SanLucar kids race, the #GETMOVIN 5k youth race, the Hervis Vienna 10k, Austria’s 10k national championships as well as the national championships in the 5k for the under 18 year-olds made a great opening programme with plenty of variety.
Young Austrian Carina Reicht showed a great performance to win the national 5k title in 17:27 minutes, just a second shy of the then Austrian youth record. Philipp Ertl (17:59) and Jessica Baumann (20:27) were the winners at the #GETMOVIN Youth Race over 5k. Defending champion Benedek Makray (8:12) and Elisa Maria Gigerl (8:52) crossed the line of the SanLucar Kids Race over 2k as the fastest runners.
In sunny and very warm conditions with temperatures reaching 28 Celsius the Hervis Vienna 10k produced a first highlight of the weekend. 1,313 runners participated in the second edition of this race. While it was tough in the heat the spectators pushed the runners on. Andreas Vojta and Sandrina Illes were first across the line and took the Austrian championship. Vojta defended his title and almost exactly matched his time from a year ago. With 29:58 minutes he was just four seconds slower. Sandrina Illes is Austria’s new champion with 34:20.
Britain’s Bernie Spannagl was the first non-championship runner with 33:11 while Austria’s Valerie Moser was the fastest women in this category with 40:04.
We are touched and grateful that 163,713 Euros were raised for charity covering seven different organisations at the Vienna City Marathon 2018. In the name of the organisations and projects which the VCM Charity supports, may we express a big THANK YOU to all runners and their sponsors.
The VCM Charity had many reasons for encouraging people to join the world of running and charity. Common to all of them is the personal commitment for a good cause and the special motivation arising from it. Participants in the VCM can dedicate their run to a particular project. The reasons for this were many and often very moving, putting them into action often funny and out of the ordinary. And everyone could be involved as supporter and spectator since the common experience, getting people moving and consciousness raising are big priorities for the VCM Charity.
These charities were supported at the VCM 2018 programme:
• Help RED NOSES bring more laughter and joy to hospitals
• ARCHE HERZENSBRÜCKEN – For severely diseased children and their families
• DEBRA Austria – Support butterfly children
• Running for MPS means running for therapies and life
• Make-A-Wish – Fondest wishes of seriously ill children come true
• CARE-Packages for children in need: #Run4CARE
• KINDERNOTHILFE ÖSTERREICH: Run together, make a difference
Here are some of the stories and impressions the Marathon creates: of the runners, who took part ten times or more, of the most emotional moments at the finish, of running marathons against fatigue, of great fans and funny shirts.
We look forward to welcoming you back at the 36th Vienna City Marathon on 6th and 7th April 2019!
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