Gular runner Marius Vedvik was the fastest in the marathon distance during today's edition of the BMW Oslo Marathon. He ran to the time of 2:21:50 in his very first marathon. Vedvik also became Norwegian champion in the distance in the streets of Oslo.
-It went very well. Great fun and very good atmosphere around the trail, said Marius Vedvik after the more than 42 kilometers were completed.
He ran large parts of the marathon distance all by himself.
-I had company the first 24 kilometers. I will definitely return to the marathon distance, said Marius Vedvik.
Marius Vedvik from Gular IL ran in the age group men 24-34 years. The second fastest overall was Frew Zenebe Brkineh (Ethiopia) from Sandnes IL who participated in class 35-39 years. He ran in to 2:28:53.
Kenneth Smeby from Gular IL, class 35-39 years, came in third overall in the time 2:30:18.
Last year, Taye Babeker Tirfea from Ethiopia was fastest in the marathon distance for men with a time of 2:20:49, which was a new track record for the Oslo Marathon. The same Tirfea did not start during this year's edition of the BMW Oslo Marathon.
Long-distance expert Jack Waitz in the organizing club SK Vidar believes that the conditions for running in the streets of Oslo are good today.
For most of the runners, the conditions are very good today. For the absolute elite, it's a bit in the warmest team. It is important that the runners get a good bag along the way, says Jack Waitz.