Runners departed from Luxexpo on Kirchberg the evening of 1 June
Photo: Nader Ghavami
Some 16,000 runners hit the pavement for the 14th edition of the ING Night Marathon the evening of 1 June.
This year’s top male and female runners all hail from Kenya. First in the men’s race was John Komen (2:16:05), his third time winning the race, followed by Joseph Munywoki (2:18:53) and Philip Birech (2:20:18).
For the women’s marathon, Betty Jematia Chepkwony (2:38:55) ran fastest, followed narrowly by Rebby Cherono Koech (2:39:29) and Sarah Jerop Lagat (2:41:48).
“A bit hot”
Runners took off from Kirchberg as the evening weather reached nearly 30 degrees. British Ambassador to Luxembourg John Marshall was among the marathon runners braving the heat. He completed the race in 4:16:07 and admitted after the race that it was “a bit hot”.
It was Ambassador Marshall’s fourth year in a row running the ING Night Marathon--although his personal best for the race was in 2016, when he finished in 4:00:53.
For the fourth year in a row (you’d think I’d know better by now) I’m about to run the Luxembourg marathon. It’s hilly and hot (27 degrees). I must be mad... Wish me luck! #INGnightmarathonpic.twitter.com/dkKQQobn8l
Scores of teams were running for business, charity and other good causes.
Among them wasThink Pink Lux--a local non-profit which helps raise breast cancer awareness and supports women with cancer, as well as their families--which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.
Most of the 41 runners affiliated with the Think Pink Lux team were identifiable by their pink running gear, shoes, wigs and--for many--pink tutus, which the group has come to be known for.
According to Carrie Cannon, one of the non-profit’s four main organisers, the team counted 41 runners in total, including 8 teams of runners (with team names like “Fighting Ballerinas”), 8 semi-marathon runners, 3 runners in the 5k race, plus one marathon runner.
Cannon said the race helped raise money, “which is super”, and that Think Pink Lux prefers “supporting young researchers of the future…rather than putting money into a piece of equipment or the bank”. But the race does more than that: it also helps raise awareness.
“Four of us were down at the Gare on Saturday evening, waiting to set off, and a couple saw our logo and talked to us about what we were doing,” she said. “It was very evident that one [of them] had cancer…We were able to give them some advice about living here, that what’s available here is excellent, but also to reassure them.”