A Celebration for Kenya
Arguably the biggest sporting event in the city, the 33rd Eindhoven Marathon took place on Sunday 9th October. 21 year old Kenyan, Festus Tallam, was the first to cross the line in a scorching time of 2:06:26. Fellow Kenyan, Truphena Chepchirchir, was the first female to finish in 2:30:32.
More than a Marathon
As a spectator, I was impressed with the organization, the tireless work of all the volunteers, the BMX stunts in Strijp S, and of course, the runners. It was a treat to see elite athletes power through the gruelling 42.195km course, just as it was to cheer on the last runners taking part in the event that brought the day to an end – the ED 10km. It was amazing to see the sheer number of participants in the 21.1km Half Marathon, as it was to see so many families and young runners. The 1.5km Mini Marathon was open to all from age 4, and the 4.5km IAK City Run that had a minimum age of 6.
A Family Affair
I caught up with some of these sporty families to find out what they thought of the day.
Carianne and Rory Keane – 4.5km IAK City Run
Participating for the second time, Rory was without big brother Conor who had to miss this year’s event with a broken arm. Rory, 9, had a few problems with some pain in his foot and a stitch early on, but proved that you can do anything when you put your mind to it. Soaking up the atmosphere and with the crowd cheering him on, he managed to sprint to the end! He was proud when he finished and is looking forward to running it for the third time next year.
Mum Carianne, a seasoned runner, commented on the fantastic organization, the good vibes and positive atmosphere of the event. She, like many on the day, couldn’t wipe the smile from her face.
Lilly and Tess Reuver and Frank van Lier – 4.5km IAK City Run
Lilly, 10, and Tess, 8, also ran the 4.5km with their Uncle Frank. Although this was Frank’s first time to join in the Eindhoven Marathon, Lilly and Tess had already participated 4 times before! They all loved the vibrant event and the excitement of running with so many people. The girls had lots of energy and were proud of their medals at the end. When asked if they’ll be back again next year, the answer was a resounding yes!
Jill Hartong– 1.5km Mini Marathon
This was 7 year old Jill’s first run and she loved it. She enjoyed the bands and music along the way, and was happy to hear people cheering her on and calling out her name. Jill was also proud to get her medal, and like the others, will definitely be back to run again next year.
The countdown is already on the for the next edition of the Eindhoven Marathon, due to take place on the 8th of October 2017. To get some running inspiration, head on over to their website and check out the photos and news of this year’s event.
This article was also published on Eindhoven Sport