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Marathon shines spotlight on city

Snapshots 23.05.2012 Aaron Grunwald with Duncan Roberts
Photo: Luc Deflorenne

Sport: Thousands of runners, performers and spectators participated in one of Luxembourg City’s best known and largest international events on Saturday.

Luxembourg City’s mayor, Xavier Bettel (centre)
Luxembourg City’s mayor, Xavier Bettel (centre)
Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg City mayor, towards the right and wearing team number 444
Xavier Bettel, Luxembourg City mayor, towards the right and wearing team number 444
Samba de Luxe member
Samba de Luxe member
Bellor Yator
Bellor Yator
Photo: Luc Deflorenne

Ten thousand runners participated in the 7th ING europe-marathon Luxembourg’s full, half, mini and team runs, according to Erich François, managing director of event organiser step by step. That figure was up from 8,000 in previous years. The extra slots were added because of strong registration demand, with François reporting that more than 1,600 applications to run had to be declined last year.

Bellor Yator of Kenya won the race in a record time of 2:13:45 hours--that was still over his 2012 personal best of 2:09:21 hours, but enough to beat countrymen Kiprotich Kirui (2:19:39 hours) und Stephen Rutto (2:21:27 hours).

Mahlet Melese of Ethiopia took the women’s title with a time of 2:45:56 hours, just 11 minutes shy of last year’s record time, achieved by Rael Kiyara of Kenya.

Yet runners were only some of those who took part. About 40 bands performed along the course, including the now-famous Samba de Luxe, a mini-festival featuring international samba bands.

In addition, an estimated 150,000 spectators lined the race through the heart of Luxembourg City. Visitors are reckoned to have spent about two million euro over the weekend.