This Sunday, marathon world record-holder Eliud Kipchoge will be toeing the line for his first marathon of the 2021 season. The race was initially set to take place in Hamburg, Germany, on April 11, but a change in Germany’s COVID-19 restrictions forced organizers to postpone it one week and move it to Enschede, the Netherlands. The gun will go off at 8:30 a.m. CET (2:30 a.m. EST), and there is a live stream of the event, for anyone who is willing to wake up early enough (or stay up late enough) to watch it.
The NN Mission Marathon team will be broadcasting the race live on their YouTube Channel, but unfortunately, Canadians won’t have access to this stream. Instead, you can watch on the International Olympic Committee channel (all you have to do is make a free account on the site), or the live stream will be available via FloSports if you have a subscription.
Whether you decide to get up to watch the live stream or not, this will be a race worth keeping tabs on. As Kipchoge’s first race since his disastrous performance at the London Marathon last October, his result this weekend will determine whether that was just a blip on the radar, or if it was the beginning of a career decline for the world record holder.
Beyond Kipchoge’s performance, the race will be exciting thanks to the stacked field set to line up with him on Sunday, including Ugandan national marathon record holder Felix Chemonges and Kenya’s Laban Korir, who holds a 2:05:54 PB. The women’s race will also be one to watch, with the top four women all boasting PB’s within 30 seconds between the slowest and fastest runner.