Marathon world record holder Patrick Makau will face fellow Kenyan Wilson Kipsang, the second fastest man over the distance, at the 40th Berlin marathon on 29 September. Makau set the current world record at the 2011 Berlin marathon when he completed the race in 2:03:38. Kipsang missed breaking Makau's record by a mere four seconds a few weeks later in Frankfurt.
Since winning in Frankfurt, Kipsang has gone on to win the 2012 London marathon (in a time of 2:04:44), making him only the second person after Haile Gebreselassie to run three sub 2:05 marathons. Makau has not had the same success since his record-breaking performance, dropping out of the 2012 London marathon and failing to be selected for the Kenyan Olympic team. However, he did manage to win in Frankfurt last autumn in 2:06:08.
The two will join 40,000 participants in the centre of Berlin, starting between the Brandenburg Gate and Victory Column, and heading out to the west of the city, before going east past the Reichstag and television tower. The route then leads down to the south west of the city; passing the iconic Kaiser-Willhelm Church and Postdamer Platz. The finishing straight is on one of Berlin's most famous streets, Unter den Linden, with the finish line just through the Brandenburg Gate.
Sports Tours International is offering travel packages with guaranteed entry to the race and, as it is the 40th anniversary, an even higher demand than normal is expected. For more information, visit the Sports Tours International website.