Ben Mutai Kimwole Wins The 2009 Monaco Marathon - 2 hrs 11:01
FONTVIELLE, MONACO - Kenyan Ben Mutai Kimwole won the Monaco and Riviera Marathon today, 22 March 2009, with an excellent time of 2 hours 11 minutes 01 seconds (official) and breaking the Monaco Marathon record of 2 hours 11 minutes 26 seconds. Crossing the line in second place was Jackson Rono (2:17:50 - official), also from Kenya, and in third place was Russia's Andrei Bryzgalov (2:18:03 - official). Ben Mutai Kimwole's first place result was exceptional being 6 minutes 49 seconds ahead of his fellow countryman, Jackson Rono.
The top place finishing woman for the Monaco Riviera Marathon was Belaynesh Bekele of Ethiopia (2:48:48 - official), and in second was Ekaterina Fateeva of Russia (2:51:29 - official), and third place was taken by Elena Kozhevnikova, also from Russia.
The Monaco and Riviera Marathon covered a total distance of 42.195 kms and was run through the territories of Monaco, France and Italy. The race started at the Port in Monaco (Boulevard Albert 1er) and then travelled into France through the towns of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin and Menton, and then into Italy's Vintimille where at 22 km, the runners looped back on their journey back to Monaco. The Marathon has a series of steep hills then flats then hills and descents, so a good finishing time in Monaco is a real feat.
During the Marathon, the Riviera weather was sunny and the temperature was excellent at 15 C (60 F). A Monaco 10 km race was also held at the same time in Monaco, which finished up just before the marathon competitors entered the Louis II Stadium in Fontvielle, Monaco. The finish line for both the Marathon and the 10 K Race was on the main athletics running track within the Stadium.